This was an important win, for sure, but I think we should all acknowledge, this wasn’t a “good” win. The Rangers did not play a good game. They had a pretty mediocre start to the game, they STILL couldn’t finish the chances they had, and they gave up WAY too much to a team that’s not all that good in the Carolina Hurricanes.
I’ll take the points, but I don’t think, by any stretch, that this team has figured out its problems.
There was one huge positive for me in this game though, and that was the emergence of Michael Del Zotto. MDZ has had an up and down season thus far, but tonight he was outstanding, he played really well on both sides of the puck, and really did an awesome job of making plays in the offensive zone without being a turnover machine. He set up many of the Rangers best chances and to me, was the Rangers #1 star despite not really getting on the scoresheet.
Not a fan of Hamrlik myself…He’s slow, mediocre defensively, and doesn’t really punish with hits for a slow guy. Really, he’s a body. I guess he’s better than Matt Gilroy, but boy oh boy Marc Staal can’t get healthy quick enough.
If I’m Torts, I keep Gabby, Nash and Richards together, this was maybe the best Brad Richards has played all season, Gabby looked pretty good as well, and Nash had his moments (he looks tired out there far too often for some reason). The 2nd line of Hagelin, Cally and Stepan all play very complimentary games so keeping them together is really a no brainer. All 3 are excellent on the boards, and they can find each other very easily.
Keep it going!