That’s gotta be the first time i’ve ever seriously thought the Rangers have had more fans than the actual home team. Not just a few more fans, but far and away more fans. It honestly sounded louder than at the Garden in favor of the Rangers, which is just mind boggling to the nth degree.
The Rangers should have learned their lesson from the previous time they played the Isles, but those competitive juices just keep flowing and that leads players to try to do too much, which in turn leads to players taking dumb, stupid, meaningless penalties. And it bit the Rangers in the ass big time tonight. Luckily #19 was there to blast home a puck off of a terrible turnover by the Isles to secure the Rangers 7th straight win. I believe the last time that happened was in 2009 if memory serves me right.
Sadly the Rangers next game is in Montreal. The house of horrors for the Rangers, which includes blowing a 5-0 lead a few years back, and god knows how many other epic failures. That arena is just awful for us to play in. I hope Henrik doesn’t play in that game because that club owns him in their building.
Getting back to this game. When the Rangers kept it at even strength they were clearly the better team. Dominating for long stretches at a time. Holding the puck, generating quality scoring chances, involving the defense, pretty much doing everything that coach John Tortorella talks about all the time. When they were a man up, they played pretty well also. In their 2 man advantage they had the puck in the offensive zone the entire time, with tons of great looks, and a goalpost too. So while this was a 1 goal game, the story was fairly simple, and easy to predict. When the Rangers were playing 5 on 5 or better, they were the better team, when the Isles were up a man, with Streit at the point, Moulson in front of the net, and Tavares roaming around, they were the better team. Stay out the box!
Ok, I should have been in bed 4 hours ago, I’m gonna pay for this tomorrow.