The Rangers surprised everyone by beating San Jose last night in dramatic fashion. They played the Sharks tight, and eventually got the tying goal late before Brady Skjei won it in overtime. It was a nice feel-good moment for us, as it was not only the first win of the season, but it was also the first win of David Quinn’s Rangers career.
In the game, we saw Brett Howden show that he isn’t a flash in the pan. He belongs. Brendan Smith scored the tying goal, one of redemption after the events of last season. Skjei’s winner was the icing on the cake. It’s a win that showed the team will not quit, but it appears this will be one of few truly great wins this season.
The first three games are more likely to be the future of this season than last night’s win. It’s something we’ve been expecting all year, yet it’s been difficult to deal with in the first week of the season. There was a lot of frustration before last night’s love affair.
While we can expect the losses to pile up this season, let’s sit back and enjoy the win we didn’t expect to have. San Jose is a true Cup contender this year. The win had goals from a rookie, a lynchpin on the blue line, and a veteran eyeing redemption. It had Henrik Lundqvist standing on his head. That could be a first glimpse of the future when the team finally turns it around and shifts from rebuilding to competing.
There’s a lot of work to be done, and it’s going to be painful to watch. But let’s enjoy this one while we can. It was a fun game to watch, and even better with the two points.