The New York Rangers tallied their first win of the 2011-12
season by defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.
That score is in no way indicative of the game that happened in
Vancouver this evening.
New York scored
all their goals in the final 20 minutes and if not for the stellar work of
Henrik Lundqvist the Rangers would have been blown out before the final period
Lundqvist was unbelievable on the night making 40 saves to
record his 36th career shutout.
kept the Rangers alive for two periods as they were outshout 28-9 before the
rest of the team decided they wanted to join in on the action.
Mike Rupp kicked off the scoring 2:22 into the final period
when he converted a Michael Del Zotto rebound in behind Roberto Luongo.
This was the kind of goal the Rangers have
not been getting thus far and gave them the surprising 1-0 lead.
Lundqvist would be tested and make a couple
of huge saves to keep at 1-0 before the Rangers opened the floodgates.
Ryan McDoangh made it 2-0 at 9:57 when he took a beautiful
feed from Brandon Dubinsky in the slot and fired it over Luongo’s shoulder.
Brian Boyle made it 3-0 when he took a great
saucer pass from Ruslan Fedotenko on the type of shift that the line was known
for last season.
Brandon Prust won a
great battle in the defensive zone, played the puck ahead to Fedotenko who
found Boyle for the finish.
McDonagh would get in the act again with just 2:21 left when
he did his best Brian Leetch impression dancing through the Vancouver defense
and finding Marian Gaborik wide open at the side of the net for the tap-in.
- Lundqvist showed tonight that the only thing standing
between him and a Vezina, if not a Hart trophy this year is the play of the
rest of his team.
- McDonagh was a beast tonight on both ends of the ice and his
growth continues to astound.
- Del Zotto was excellent on the goal and then proceeded to
screw up much of the good will immediately after when Edler schooled him and
then took a penalty.
- Brandon Dubinsky has been awful so far this year and his
penalties are hurting the team severely.
- Callahan has done little to nothing since the first game
- Prust went from benched and in the doghouse during the
second period to have two assists
- The penalties still need to end<span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">