Getting the two points last night almost seemed liked the cherry on top. For me the sundae was finally seeing Rick Nash play like the power forward he was billed as when we first acquired him.
Nasher played with a lot of emotion. He was physical, driving to the net, and just making ‘stuff’ happen below the dots. As for the fight, typically you don’t want one of your best goal scorers dropping the gloves, but hey sometimes you have to stick up for yourself. All said, if last night was the spark to ignite the fire in Nash’s belly, then hopefully it burns awhile.
As for the rest of this game, it was great to see such emotion from everyone up and down the bench. This was the first game since the Cally trade where the boys finally looked liked they had some wind in their sails. Hopefully this continues as games aren’t going to get any easier here on out. Still no sign of MSL though.
On to the goals:
Blue Jackets 1 – Rangers 0
Stick break or no stick break, Benoit Pouliot didn’t make a smart pass and gave Nick Foligno a beauty of an assist. Given, this was part of a controlled break out and the pass back to a d-man is likely one of his options, but you have to make a read.
Great shot by Foligno, quick wrister blocker side.
Blue Jackets 1 – Rangers 1
Two Blue Jackets (Comeau and MacKenzie) bit on Ryan McDonagh after he wheeled behind their net, which left Derek Stepan wide open in the slot for a one-timer. Some say shot location doesn’t matter. On this play, Bob probably disagrees.
Blue Jackets 1 – Rangers 2
The game winner came from Derick Brassard on a quasi wraparound goal. Stralmania chipped the puck down low to Brass who was undefended behind the far side post. Bob was in a butterfly but looked around his left shoulder even though Brass was behind his right shoulder.
Brass simply banked the puck off of Bob’s rear and in. I’m no expert, but I think Bob should have hugged the post on that play. Good for us.
Blue Jacket 1s – Rangers 3
Empty netter from Hagelin. No breakdown.