...ok Rangers fans, it's starting to come. Again, not the best game, but you can see it building. Couple of players gaining confidence and you have to love the team's resiliencey after what happened on that dreadful road trip.
...last night's win got the Rangers back in the top eight in the Eastern Conference (actually tied for the 6th spot with Carolina & Toronto with 32 points). Still plenty of hockey left to continue to climb in the standings.
Here's the players' reaction to the win and game highlights...
So 2 of the top 6 forwards score, the team's offensive defenseman scores, and they get a win. No more talk about bad systems or bottom 6 scoring. If the top guys don't score consistently, no team in this league will win consistently. Let's hope some others can break their droughts tomorrow night.
In his interview, Nash looks like a natural in front of the camera. On the flip side, why does Stepan look like he's completely bewildered every time he listens to a question from an interviewer?
I wasn't able to watch the whole game and I gather that I missed a lot of bad play but it seemed to me that some of the 'heart' that has been missing from this team started to show through a bit last night. Not talking about the usual suspects either. Answering a goal with a goal, standing up for your goalie, and best of all putting one in the back of the net seconds after Hank makes a series of saves to keep them in the game. A bit more of that could go a long way toward compensating for Gabby and Richie's lackluster play...maybe even wake them the F%*# up.
@TheNYRBlog kiss of death. I hope you're right
We have a chance to win all 3 of the next 3 games as they are against teams in the basement, but the question is, can a team thats good like the rangers beat up on the lesser opponents? In the past (even in good seasons) they seem to have trouble with that.
I'd like to see Kreider called up, pyatt sit (only because I think he's been the least impactful lately), and bickel back in for hamrlik, who has been a liability in my opinion.
@CareyBrandsdorfer I'd rather Boyle sit over Pyatt and I'd rather Gilroy play over Bickel. Hamrlik seems to be getting his legs a little bit though.
I know people love hating on Boyle but what has Pyatt done to get that spot over him? Boyle wins faceoffs and kills penalties while I havent seen a positive thing out of Pyatt in a long time. Boyle also has a higher ceiling if he gets going
@Jbianco Agreed. I also think bickel's toughness gives him an edge over gilroy, especially after how atrocious gilroy has been his last few games.
Big win, somehow the rangers found a way last night in a pretty weird game with some freak goals. Taking steps in the right direction, but I would still like to see either pyatt or Boyle on the 4th line because they don't work well together. Also would like to see kreider call up. How good did that second line look last night? All three of them are playing some of their best hockey...
I'd like to see Pyatt moved down and Haley moved to the third line for a couple games to see what he can do with some ice time. Pyatt was good early but he has done nothing lately and I think it is holding that line back. Haley plays hard and is often in the right spot for scoring chances so maybe he is the spark that line needs to score some goals.
@Jbianco I'd like to see Miller put on the ice with some players that can shoot. He set up some great opportunities for guys that are just not known for scoring. Miss the Kreider-Miller-Cally line.
@slapshot13j too bad our top line is playing some of their worst hockey.