Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 2/2/13
Backed by strong performances from Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin, the New York Rangers skated past the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road, 3-2. For a full box score, head over to Yahoo! Sports. ...Welcome to the season Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin. Excellent, hard-nosed performances by them to end respective goal droughts. Felt Taylor Pyatt really drove that second line tonight, though. Did the hard work and was willing to pay the price. ...The team will start to roll of wins if they get the production they got from their second line tonight every night. ...Everyone was worried about Marty Biron starting against the red-hot (or maybe white-hot?) Lightning. 30 saves and an important W later, Torts pushed the right button. Great start by the backup, who looked sharp. He'll be needed throughout the year in spots similar to this. ...Rangers first win of the season while being out shot (1-4). Keep reading for my thoughts on Rick Nash's goal and Torts' concern about the team's confidence level (and how this win affects that).   ...Dirty Filthy Nashty made an appearance tonight. Vintage move by Nash to power around the defender, yet cut it fine enough to skate in close and around Garon. Hopefully this gets him going in the scoring department. ...Power play 0-2 tonight. At this point, Torts should just put the line that's playing well out there. It can't be much worse than it is right now. ...We saw what Arron Asham could bring to the table tonight when he isn't trying to goon it up.  ...I caught Torts on the radio talking pre-game about the team's confidence level being low and for athletes to do what they're capable of, they need to be feeling good about themselves. Tonight's effort could jump start a good amount of players. ...Maybe we don't need Ryan Callahan after all. (I kid, of course.) ...Two days off before the Rangers visit the Prudential Center on Tuesday night for their first encounter with the Devils. Follow me on Twitter @TheWrage. E-mail me with any questions or comments at Jwrabel9@hotmail.com
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