Last night the New York Rangers took on the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus and won 3-1 in a wild game with massive playoff implications. There were many headlines that came out of last night’s game, but let’s talk about the three stars.
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1) Henrik Lundqvist – 25 saves on 26 shots, .962 save percentage. Last night Lundqvist did as Lundqvist always does, he was arguably the Rangers best player the entire game. While Lundqvist only faced 26 shots and made 25 saves, it was the manner in which those saves were made, some of them huge momentum changing saves that helped lead the Rangers to victory.
2) Sergei Bobrovsky – Lundqvist’s dueling partner last night, the two went head to head through the whole game. Bobrovsky made 29 saves on 31 shots he faced (Rangers took 32 shots, one of them was an empty netter.) Bobrovsky made 29 saves and came out of the game with a .935 save percentage. As good goalies do, he kept his team in the game even though they could not find any support for him.
3) Derick Brassard – Game winning goal. The big story of last night was Rick Nash‘s return to Columbus, and while Brassard was with the team when the Rangers traveled to Columbus the first time this season, it was still a homecoming for him as well, and his play reflected that. Brassard scored the game winning goal with a wrap around try that knocked off of Bobrovsky’s back and into the net.
MY THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1) Rick Nash – Nine shots on goal, fighting major. Nash played the best game of his Ranger career last night. He was booed by the Nationwide Arena crowd the entire game, and dealt with multiple slashes and shoves from almost every Blue Jackets player, most notably Sergei Bobrovsky, multiple times. The thing that impressed me most with Nash is that he stood up for himself, he played like he was PROUD to be in Rangers blue, and that’s what I like to see.
2) Henrik Lundqvist – This is what I would have given Lundqvist, although his play was damn near perfect, last night belonged to Rick Nash.
3) Derick Brassard – Same deal, played spectacular, scored the game winner, over shadowed by Nash and Lundqvist.
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