Chris and I split the post game wrap up tonight. I had a dinner with other movers and shakers early this evening (of course I wore a pocket square, don’t be silly), so we kind of mixed and mashed our thoughts. Here’s what we got.
For the first half of the first period, the Rangers applied great pressure on the puck carrier and didn’t let the Isles have much time on the puck. It was Tortorella hockey to a “T”. If they can maintain that kind of pressure game to game, then the puck will invariably be out of their own zone more often than not. Puck pressure leads to turnovers and turnover leads to goals.
It’s impressive how good the Rangers are defensively with their sticks. Using the stick intelligently means less diving to block pucks and less players out of position.
Not just in this game, but more and more as the season goes on it appears Anisimov has gained an extra step. He looks more explosive on the ice. One example early on saw him burst into the offensive zone cr...