I have mixed feelings on this game. On one hand, the Rangers played a dominant final thirty minutes to the game tonight. They controlled the puck, they potted 4 goals, and they manhandled one of the best home teams in the NHL. On the other hand, they played a stupid, lazy, undisciplined, foolish game for the first 30 minutes that put them in the situation where they HAD to play that kind of a dominating game to finish it off.
So, how does one examine this game? I think you take the game with a grain of salt. You pretty much take it for what it was, the Rangers played a mediocre team, they came out flat, and they rallied to win it. It’s nice, but it’s annoying too. The Rangers are built on being able to play 60 minutes of hockey to win hockey games. Particularly against good teams, this is vitally important. The Rangers have had the benefit of a relatively soft schedule here, the past 2 games have been easy, and the next game against the Habs should be a very winnable game too. But the Rangers are going to need to play better, much better if they want to go far into the playoffs.
I know that’s not what people want to hear this late in the season, particularly coming off of a pretty good stretch here of late, but it’s true. This team is not playing their best hockey right now. They need to get better. Luckily, their magic number to clinch is only 7 points now. Any combination of 7 points won by the Rangers, or lost by the Pens, and the Rangers get 1st in the East. Keep it going boys.