If a wake-up call is all that New York Rangers needed, then they couldn’t have got the message louder and clearer in a thrashing by Tampa Bay Lightning.
After being mauled 4-0 by Tampa Lightning last Monday, New York Rangers have suddenly been so mean and haven’t let in a single goal in the two consecutive wins. Rangers’ latest win was at the expense of Montreal Canadiens, the table-topping outfit that they swept aside 5-0 during the Sunday night match.
“We had an opportunity to play against a team that was on top form, and we wanted to see how we would measure up,” said Martin St. Louis, the scorer of one of the goals and who also had an assist. “It was a very fast team and we really needed to be sharp as well. I believe we were very sharp in that game.”
Henrik Lundqvist was the hero of the day, stopping a total of 21 shots for his 4th shutout in the season. This was in the wake of the Wednesday blanking of Philadelphia by Cam Talbot, the backup shot stopper. This was Lundqvist’s 54th career shutout.
Dominic Moore netted his first goal with Derek Stepan adding his second during a dominant middle spell for the Rangers. This was after a three-day break after the Buffalo snow postponement.
“Our previous game was very complete,” said Alain Vigneault, the Rangers coach. We knew from the start that we were up against a top team in terms of points. We needed a very solid team effort, which is what the group gave.” On Wednesday, Rangers get another go at Lightning. You can find here sold out tickets to enjoy New York Rangers.
According to Vigneault, if his team applies well and prepares well, they can win against just any team. That is what his team proved by thumping Montreal Canadiens.
Carl Hagelin scored after 1:40 of the third with Rick Nash making the scoreline 5-0 with his fourteenth goal of the season with only 4:36 left.
Montreal (16-6-1) came into the match after winning 8 of their last nine matches. The Rangers, on the other hand, were 1-8-1 against Montreal in the earlier 10-regular-season matches.
“A game such as this leaves you wondering,” said P.K Subban, Montreal defenseman. “We’ll be okay. We still remain a very optimistic group. It is important we give more. We just failed to play our game.”
In the loss, Dustin Tokarski had 29 saves. Lundqvist was quite uncharacteristically aggressive playing the puck in front and behind the net. This resulted to a collision that occurred in the third phase when Brandon Prust, an erstwhile Rangers forward, knocked down the goalkeeper, and then fought Kevin Klein, the defenseman.
New York had a slender lead of 1-0 as they went to second and built on this advantage quickly as Stepan netted 35 seconds. St. Louis quickly made a pass to Stepan from the boards, who then sent a rasping shot past the hapless Tokarski.
It was St. Louis who did all the dirty work to push the edge to 3-0. He raced toward Alexei Emelin, the defenseman. With his back to him, St. Louis continued to track the hockey puck in his end. The defenseman tried to clear the puck but he missed. St. Louis then swooped in, taking the hockey puck in on the goalie and netting his 8th with just 4:27 remaining in the second.
The Rangers, who obviously benefitted from the 3-day rest, started off to a blistering start against Montreal, who came into the match on the back of a 2-0 win over Boston on Sunday night. The rangers forced Canadiens into two consecutive icings, and then got their first power play only 48 seconds in.
Michel Therrien, the Canadiens coach, admitted that Rangers deserved a lot of praise, noting that they had played very well. He said that his side could not simply match the energy of Rangers.
Moore broke the deadlock at 9:44 after he was fed by Tanner Glass, forcing the hockey puck past Tokarski. This was his first goal since scoring the only goal for New York in a 1-0 triumph over Montreal in Game 6, which sent Rangers to Stanley Cup finals. Coincidentally, it was Tokraski who was the goalie then, after coming on for Price, who had earlier been injured in the game. You can buy now the tickets for the next Rangers game on the internet. Don’t miss out.