Game 5: Rangers Top Flames, 3-2, in Overtime

Back-to-back wins sounds pretty nice, especially after the slow, frustrating start the Rangers put forward in their first three games of the season. But, that’s what we’re looking at after last night’s dramatic overtime 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Some reaction:

  • Ryan McDonagh has quietly emerged as one of the best players in this very young season. He’s been solid in his own end since he came up midway through last year, but he’s starting to make strides in the offensive zone, scoring two goals in two games now after tallying just one last year in the final game of the season. He had a tough night defensively, but the kid is just a rock and doesn’t really let anything phase him. Once Marc Staal and Michael Sauer return and the team can rid itself of Jeff Woywitka, the defense will be top-notch.
  • Marian Gaborik now has four goals in five games against teams not named the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers. He’s cooking right now, and is looking fantastic, as are his linemates Brad Richards (five points in five games) and Derek Stepan, who has taken his game to another level physically.
  • Henrik Lundqvist had another stellar game, with both goals being tough (the first had a strange bounce and he never saw the second one). He’s off to one of the best starts of his career and just seems like if he can see the puck, he’s going to stop it.
  • The line of Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan have to start getting it together offensively. Callahan scored in the first game of the year and hasn’t done much in terms of offense since then. Anisimov and Dubinsky are still looking for their first goals of the year. All three have played well, but need to start finding the net.
  • Nice to see the team score a powerplay goal. I was starting to think it would never happen
  • Brandon Prust looked like Brandon Prust last night against his former team He was checking, killing penalties and scoring shorthanded goals. Glad to see he was given the game hat last night.
  • Erik Christensen continues to be invisible. Once Wojtek Wolski returns from his groin injury, we should be able to him off the ice and up into the press box.
  • I liked the treatment the Flames fans gave Tim Erixon, and he handled it very well. Sam Rosen couldn’t get past it though!

Scoring:
Rangers: Gaborik (4, PPG), Prust (2, SHG), McDonagh (2)
Flames: Jarome Iginla (2), Mark Giordano (1, PPG)

Goaltenders:
Rangers: Lundqvist  33 saves (W, 2-1-2)
Flames: Henrik Karlsson 26 saves (L, 0-0-1)

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