So, I guess we can say this streak isn’t a fluke, right? I mean, the Rangers have won games by dominating, won games when they were less than dominating, won games protecting leads, won games by coming from behind. They have gotten up for the big teams, haven’t let down against the lesser teams.
And won. And won. And won. Twelve out of 14 now. A seven-game winning streak, a lousy two-game losing streak (after which the sky was once again falling, of course) and now five more wins in a row. Next they go home for four of five.
1) Right off the hop, a bad play. The screen by Derek Stepan on the early Downie goal, that’s just a bad play. Lack of awareness. Gotta get out of the way of a long one like that, or smother it. I guess that’s what Henrik Lundqvist was telling him. But Stepan showed a lot of good stuff later, and you have to love the way he wound up and buried the game-winning goal with a slapper. A lot of times a guy will throw a less-than-full-speed shot and so...