The Rangers had to win this game tonight. I mean, they really had to. A loss here might have sent us spiraling out of control (if we weren’t already). Getting them back into the win column, and getting their bruised psyche a little bit of a break.
More importantly we scored goals….like…more than 2……like….5. 5 goals. For…not against.
Seriously, I can’t even remember the last time that happened. When the announcers said it was against the Bolts way back when, I couldn’t even remember that game, that’s how frikkin god-awful our offense has been.
The re-united trio of Stepan, Hagelin, and Nash were dominant, as they were earlier in the year, but more importantly, they got some help from the other lines, with all 4 of our lines playing pretty well in all 3 zones. Even the goals we gave up were pretty flukey, off a face, and off a skate, tough to defend that kinda crap.
I still have my concerns about Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, despite that fact that both have had good games in the last 2 played. We need these guys, we can’t afford to trade Gabby (imho) and we can’t do anything about Richards. We just need to hope that these 2 superstars remember who they are, and soon.
Derek Stepan…holy crap, this kid is turning into a stud before our eyes. Hockey IQ>All. Stepan is proof of that. Wow.
People like to talk about Chris Kreider, and how he’s now playing with some confidence…and I agree with that. I also think the kid is moving his feet…like, for the entire shift. Before, he would skate hard, then lollygag around for 20 seconds, then change. Now, he’s busting his ass the whole shift, it’s amazing how much that can change how a player looks out there. It’s the same thing with Gabby, when he’s working hard, he’s much more noticeable, when he’s a lazy asswipe, we all notice it, and don’t appreciate it.
MOVE YOUR EFFING FEET!!!!!!!!!