It had been been 19 years since the Rangers last won in Winnipeg. Granted there was no team in Winnipeg from 1996-2010, but still. The Rangers, as bad as they played offensively Monday night, escaped with a 2-1 victory of the Jets 2.0.
The Rangers’ 5-on-5 offensively were anemic against the Jets, finishing with just 17 shots on goal (the second consecutive game they were held to under 20 shots). But out of no where, the Rangers went 2-for-6 with the man advantage after going 1-for-23 in their first six games of the year. Were the goals pretty? No, but you take it.
Ruslan Fedotenko opened the scoring midway through the second period when he redirected a pass by Dan Girardi. 10 minutes later, former Ranger Nik Antropov tied the game after several sloppy plays by the Rangers, including Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust.
Ryan Callahan scored the second power play goal of the game at 8:41 of the third period when he broke down the wing and attempted a centering pass to Fedotenko. The puck deflected off a Jets’ defenseman and beat goaltender Chris Mason.
- The Rangers seem to be getting a handle on penalties, committing just one.
- With that said, it seems shots on goals are now the team’s biggest problem. 17 shots just isn’t enough, especially after a 19 shot effort on Saturday night.
- Marian Gaborik didn’t play much in the third period, but continues to look strong. John Tortorella continued to juggle line combinations, and at separated Gaborik and Brad Richards, something I didn’t personally like.
- Brandon Dubinsky skated very well but is still having trouble getting points on the board, but it will come. Tortorella separated the Callahan, Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov line again.
- I liked Wojtek Wolski‘s game, a heck of a lot more than Erik Christensen.
- Martin Biron played great in his first start of the season. He kept the Rangers in it in the third period when the Winnipeg Jets looked like the 1981 New York Islanders. Kudos to him.
- This depleted defense continues to play pretty solid, allowing just five goals over this four-game western trip.
- The Rangers finally head home and amazingly won three out of four games on this trip, something you no-doubt would have signed for before the trip began.