After two lack-luster performances in which the tea totaled two goals and about 20 shots on net, the Rangers exploded Saturday against the Washington Capitals, winning 6-3 behind five different goal scorers, including two by Ruslan Fedotenko, who was given the Broadway Hat after the game.
After a first period that saw Henrik Lundqvist stand on his head against three big scoring chances by the Capitals, the Rangers escaped the opening stanza tied 0-0.
The Blueshirts opened it up in the second period. Marian Gaborik roofed a gorgeous saucer pass from Derek Stepan on a 2-on-1 to make it 1-0. Three minutes later, Artem Anisimov‘s wrist shot from the top of the circle rang off the post and in, the team’s first power play goal in what feels like 9 months. Fedotenko made it 3-0 after a giveaway by a Capitals defenseman.
The Capitals answered back quickly for two quick goals by Troy Brouwer and John Carlson to make it 3-2, but Brian Boyle‘s first goal since the fourth game of the season made it 4-2 and gave the Rangers some breathing room.
In the third, Brad Richards re-directed a Ryan Callahan pass in the slot and beat goaltender Michael Neuvirth to make it 5-3. Alex Ovechkin answer with a laser of a wrist-shot that beat Lundqvist, but a few minutes later, Fedotenko’s second of the game iced it at 6-3.
Reaction after the jump
- The Rangers needed this type of game. Sure a 2-1 win would have been nice also, but showing that this team can put up goals was huge. The Rangers have offensive talent, but guys were sleepwalking a bit in terms of goal scoring.
- The six goals were great, but even more positive were the guys who scored them. Gaborik snapped out of his mini-drought, Anisimov scored for the first time in about 10 games, and both Boyle and Fedotenko ended their droughts as well.
- Lundqvist kept this team in it early with a couple outstanding saves in the first period. He was lack-luster in the final two periods, but he finally had the scoring support to not have to stand on his head.
- Ryan McDonagh‘s simple little stick check prior to Richards’ goal is exactly the type of play that has made Rangers fans fall in love with the kid.
- The line of Sean Avery, Brandon Dubinsky and Brandon Prust had one of the hardest-working shifts in the second period I’ve seen in a while. I was pulling for that line to net one.
- Carl Hagelin and John Mitchell both looked very good in their Rangers’ debut (Hagelin’s first NHL game). I’d be in favor of keeping the two of them around and let Erik Christensen enjoy the view from the press box, and let Andre Deveaux go back to the AHL.
- I really don’t like Ovechkin, or the Capitals. Great win setting the team up for Saturday’s tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers
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