Well this was an interesting game to watch. The Rangers were absolutely dominated in the first 30 minutes of the game, and wound up down 3-0 midway through the second period. The Rangers had some chances during this time frame, but weren’t able to bury them. After that, the game was all Rangers, as they quickly made it 3-2, but couldn’t get that third goal. They can’t win them all, and winning 12 of 15 is still pretty damn good.
The Rangers had trouble getting some offensive flow to the game early on, but were able to find their stride after the first 30 minutes. The 5-on-3 powerplay goal was what the Rangers always do with a two-man advantage: try to get that cross-crease pass. It worked.
Artem Anisimov was a force tonight. He had some solid opportunities early, and then finally buried one after Brandon Prust flicked one into the high slot that found Anisimov’s stick. He’s been fantastic this year.
When Derek Stepan fed Dan Girardi for the shot from the high slot in the t...