The Rangers fell in a shootout against the Anaheim Ducks in the second game of the season in Stockholm. Thursday night, the Blueshirts got some revenge, edging the Ducks, 2-1, in a shootout.
The Rangers dominated the first period, outshooting the Ducks 10-2. They opened the scoring late in the first period on a slapshot by Jeff Woywitka for his first goal as a New York Ranger.
The Ducks knotted the game with just under two minutes remaining in the second period on a beautiful wrist-shot by Bobby Ryan.
Reaction after the jump.
- It wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t awful either. It wasn’t a full 60-minute effort, but they found a way to get the win.
- The power play continued to improve. Although they went 0-for-4, they’re moving the puck well and getting their chances. Just need to continue to bury some pucks when the opportunity is there.
- As head coach John Tortorella put it, Gaborik has been the teams best player this season, and did everything but score in the first 65 minutes, but buried one in the shootout to improve his abysmal record to 3-for-20 in his career.
- Great to see Woywitka notch his first goal as a Ranger. Has he been Brian Leetch? No, but he’s been decent since he was claimed off waivers last month. He was given the Broadway Hat after the game, and rightfully so.
- The Rangers had plenty of chances to score a few more, but Hiller and his Movember mask played phenomenal.
- Ryan McDonagh continues to shine in the absence of Marc Staal. He really should have ended the game in OT, but we’ll forgive him.
- Andre Deveaux fighting George Parros after Woywitka’s goal was great. He really held his own against one of the NHL’s toughest fighters. If he sticks with the team, he’ll quickly become a fan favorite.
- The injury to Wojtek Wolski should surely open up the door for Sean Avery to make his debut on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens. I’ve liked Wolski this season, so it’s a tough break for him, but I can’t say I’m not a little happy to see Avery dress.
- Guys need to continue to step up. Brandon Dubinsky is now scoreless in 11 games. Brian Boyle still has just one goal. This needs to change for the Rangers to continue to have success.
- During the game, the Rangers announced the signing of defenseman Anton Stralman for $900,000.