The Rangers did what we thought to be impossible this season, they scored eight goals last night. The two amazing things here: 1) the goals were scored by eight different players, and 2) none of those eight players were Marian Gaborik. Sure, he had four assists, but when the Rangers score eight, you expect Gaborik to have at least five. I think the Rangers secondary scoring has finally emerged. In a game where both Aaron Voros and Christopher Higgins score, you know the game was lopsided.
Kudos to Aaron Voros, who not only has earned his playing time, has done the most he can with it. He plays hard, he goes to the dirty areas, and he was rewarded last night with much-deserved powerplay time and a goal. Five minutes later, he got dropped by Ryan Malone. I guess he didn’t like that Voros scored his first goal in 417 days against them, or that it was his first of the season, or that it was 7-2 at that point. Take your pick.
The powerplay woke up, going two for four. The penalty kill was strong again, killing off four of five penalties. The Rangers could do no wrong last night. Even in face-offs, where they trailed by as many as 14 going into the third period, wound up being 34-26 in favor of the Lightning. The Rangers didn’t play perfect hockey, but it damn near perfect, and have outscored the opposition 14-4 in the past two games, and 14-2 in the past five periods.
The Rangers have a tough task ahead of them on Thursday, when they face the surging Flyers. The Flyers sit last in the Atlantic, but 9th in the playoff picture. That’s right, the Atlantic Division is that strong. More on that later. For now, sit back, relax, and watch highlights of the past two games.