Rangers Beat Red Wings in OT, Finally Return to MSG
Added by Ryan Heine on October 28, 2013.
(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
In the New York Rangers last game of their 9-game, subpar road trip, they could have easily put in another weak performance. Instead, the team played a complete game and found a way to get a big road win over Detroit in overtime, 3-2. It was the first time the Rangers won in Detroit since 1999. Yes, 1999.
Now, it is by no means time to celebrate. While this was probably the Blueshirts’ best showing all year, they still sit at 3-6. Granted the team has been battling injuries, but I was hoping for at least a .500 record when they returned home. The Rangers’ inconsistency has been just about the only consistent thing about the team thus far.
The Rangers need to build upon Saturday’s win vs. the Red Wings. Let’s take a look at some of the positives from the game.
Cam Talbot had 32 saves and was terrific in net. When the Rangers went down 1-0 and 2-1, Talbot stuck with it and gave the Rangers a great chance to win. Although he has only played in two games, he has all but solidified his spot as Lundqvist’s backup.
Chris Kreider and Benoit Pouliot both had their best games of the season. Kreider was incredibly noticeable flying around the ice, creating a number of chances. Pouliot scored in the 2nd period to put the Rangers on the board and made the hustle play in overtime to assist Brassard’s winner.
Mats Zuccarello scored a huge goal to tie the game in the 3rd period. He made an awful turnover in the 1st period that led to the Red Wings first goal. He certainly made up for it though, as his goal was a result of good positioning and hustle.
Brian Boyle played a solid game. I still think he is underappreciated and gives the Rangers huge minutes on the penalty kill, in the faceoff circle, and as a big body. His play helped lead to Pouliot’s goal, and I have a feeling we will see Boyle get more involved offensively soon.
The Rangers three goal scorers – Pouliot, Zuccarello, and Brassard, all scored their first goals of the season. The Rangers needed that more than ever, as before Saturday only three Rangers forwards had goals on the season (Richards, Callahan, Dorsett). Hopefully, this helps build some confidence and gets the rest of the forwards going.
The Rangers home opener is tonight at 7 PM. The fully renovated Madison Square Garden should be a beauty. I will be in attendance and am looking forward to it. Rumor has it, the Garden ice was replaced and should hopefully not be quite as choppy. The Rangers need to go on a streak here to make up for their less than spectacular 3-6 start.