Game Wrap-ups

Lundqvist’s 300th win solidifies second place

The Rangers came home early Sunday afternoon looking to build on their win in Carolina on Friday. With an original six team in the building, the Rangers forgot about the struggle of daylight savings and worked towards a streak. Rangers who have been relatively silent woke up to produce, and we saw yet another goal based off of the hard work of the fourth line. Having been at the game, I’m not able to give a Dave-like goal breakdown, but let’s go over some of the main points of the game.

– The first goal was certainly not pretty, with John Moore breaking his stick and Boyle using his body in the front area of the net. Moore’s pass found its way to Boyle, whose wrist shot beat Howard. The goal was an effect of physical play.

– The Rangers had the edge in the first period, despite a bit of sloppy play by both teams that we can only assume is due to the (feels like) 11:30am start time. Unfortunately, the game looked like both teams were exhausted, probably fueled by the silence in the stands. The Rangers won 3-0, but it felt like a snoozefest.

Chris Kreider came back to life and scored two goals yesterday, both from McDonagh and Stepan. If the Rangers’ season ended today, they’d have second place in the Metropolitan Division and a playoff spot locked down. They’re going to need Kreider to be hot and all of their lines to be productive. This was certainly encouraging.

– Another encouraging note: the Rangers completed a season sweep of the Red Wings, who are now an Eastern contender. It still feels weird to consider them in the same Conference, so for the Rangers to shut out a former Western team (and playoff lock for as long as I can remember) this season bodes well for them in the playoffs.

– This win was Henrik Lundqvist’s 300th career win and 49th career shutout. Huge statistics when you consider that Henrik just turned 32 and signed a lovely extension to keep him in Rangers blue for years to come. His 49th shutout ties him with Eddie Giacomin for the Rangers’ all-time list, and his 300th win puts him one behind Mike Richter for wins by Rangers goalies. Again, this is a great time for him to have a boost to solidify his confidence coming into the home stretch.

– On the Red Wings side, things don’t seem so copacetic; Jimmy Howard looked extremely upset after the Brassard breakaway in the first period and Coach Mike Babcock didn’t seem pleased with his team’s efforts in the post game presser. If they don’t make the playoffs, it’ll be very interesting to see if and how changes are made in Detroit.

The Rangers head back to Carolina on Tuesday night to try to go streaking. With the home stretch upon us, let’s see if the boys can keep up these winning ways.

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  • By the time Hank retires, he would have broken every goal tending record of this franchise. Good for him on #300, and #49th shutout!!!

  • This win was overdue, the team could of used his yesterdays’ solid performance against Boston and Philly. I like the Rangers forwards, balanced attack and the dman were jumping up in the play. All is well in Rangerland.

    • I didn’t see the Philly game, but the only difference between the Boston game and this one was the goaltending. In both games, the Rangers began by skating rings around their opponent. But a week ago, Lundqvist was a disaster in the net – even before the first Bruin goal went in. You can’t convince me that Boston didn’t notice this and if you tell a team shots on goal will go in, they will find a way to get shots. Yesterday, Hank was smooth all game, nearly flawless, and that has to foster a “why bother” attitude.

      The Rangers got three goals in both games and in fact, Rask was better than Howard.

  • I was at the game, and FWIW I will take a Sunday snoozefest over a Thurs night drunkfest anytime. Boyle’s goal was beautiful in that it was exactly the kind of goal we need to see from him, dirty and in front of the net where he belongs. Zucc’s line didn’t score but they made life miserable in Detroit’s zone. Richie was invisible. This was my second Sunday game in a row and much more enjoyable than last week. I will def be there for San Jose on Sunday.

  • Shut out not withstanding, I wouldn’t get overly excited about beating a decimated Red Wing Team, no Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Cleary, Samuelson etc. If not for the two goalies it would have been a barn burner. Ranger D better than Detroit. I’ll be really impressed if the Rangers can get past San Jose, Columbus and Philly down the stretch. 13 out of the last 17 games are against teams they SHOULD beat. We’ll see…

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