This was a bit of a weird game. The Rangers flat out dominated for the first 40 minutes. I mean, it wasn’t even close. They controlled the puck and basically did whatever the frak they wanted to do at all times. The Sabres would touch the puck for 5 seconds tops, and it would be back on the Rangers sticks for a 1-2 minutes manhandling.
And then…the Rangers just sorta stopped. They stopped possessing the puck, they stopped pinning the opposition in their zone for the entire game, they stopped dumping, chasing, retrieving, they stopped doing what led to a very dominant 2-0 lead if not for magnificent play by Ryan Miller. Luckily, Henrik Lundqvist didn’t stop. He was flat out dominant in the 3rd, making some really fantastic saves keeping the 2-0 win in tact. I do feel a little bummed by that 3rd. What should have been a laugher was a little too close for comfort. Is that missing Ryan Callahan? Is that missing Rick Nash?
I’m not sure, but I’d like to see a bit more killer instinct from this team. They’ve clearly shown over the past few games that they can overcome 3rd period deficits. But tonight they had a chance to turn a close 2-0 win into a blowout and just flat out stopped playing the style that kept them in complete control for the first 40 minutes.
Was it a Halloween let down? Did they anticipate much sugar at home from their kids since we all know parents end up eating most of the candy anyway.
I’m not sure, but I wasn’t thrilled with it.
Meh, whatever, it’s a win, so I don’t want to be too down on the club. Especially after that clinic they put on for the first 40 minutes.
Clearly they are starting to play much harder, are starting to understand this system a little better, and are starting to show a little more heart. Oh, and Chris Kreider basically being the best player on the ice for each of the last 4 games doesn’t hurt either.
Go eat some candy, let’s meet back here in November.