All season the Rangers have been put behind teams like the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. They’re 5-0 against the Flyers, 2-1 against the Penguins and now 2-0 against the Bruins after Henrik Lundqvist‘s 42-save performance in Beantown, as the Ranger shutout the B’s 2-0.
The Rangers’ powerplay continues to gain steam, now scoring five goals in the last four games, as Ryan Callahan tallied off a crease-mouth pass from Michael Del Zotto in the first period to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. It was Callahan’s sixth goal in the last four games, and his 23rd this season.
In the dying seconds of the opening period, a Ryan McDonagh wrist-shot deflected off Zdeno Chara‘s knee and passed Tim Thomas to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead heading into the dressing room.
The Bruins controlled the play in the second period, but Lundqvist stood tall and made 14 saves to preserve the lead.
The Blueshirts put the game away in the third period when Artem Anisimov capitalized on a 2-on-1 to make it 3-0. Lundqvist made one last save in the final minute of play, denying a Bruin on a breakaway with the glove. It was the Rangers’ 4th-straight win.
- Not sure what else this team needs to do to be considered the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. To be honest, though, I think the team likes flying under the radar. It has worked so far this season, so let’s keep doing it.
- This powerplay has confidence right now. We’ve said all season how dominant this team would be if it had a dangerous powerplay, and right now they do. The Callahan goal looked like a replay of the goal he scored in Philadelphia. Keep trying it.
- Lundqvist was all kinds of nasty tonight. The team played great in front of him defensively, even with the 42 shots. We’ve seen his dominance over the first seven years of his career, but he’s actually taken it to another level this year.
- Anisimov is playing like a guy who does not want to be traded. And I don’t think he will be. When he plays with confidence, he’s a very dangerous player who has great hands and a lethal wrist-shot.
- McDonagh with two goals in two games after not scoring for three months. Go figure.
- Brad Richards made a great defensive play in the third period that could have saved a goal. People often forget that he isn’t used to playing in a defense-first system, and that he’s still adjusting. Slowly but surely, he’s coming along.
- Great to see Chris Kreider between periods. The kid has all the promise in the world, but came off stiff as a board. Still not convinced he wants to turn pro after this season, but obviously he won’t admit it on air. I sure hope so, though.
- Brandon Dubinsky reportedly received 10 stitches and chipped some teeth after he took a puck to the mouth late in the game. He’ll be back because he’s a hockey player.
- If you would have told me a month ago that this team would have a nine-point lead over the Bruins, along with a 10-point lead over the Flyers at Valentine’s Day, I would have said you’re crazy. But that’s where we find this team.
- Next up, the Chicago Blackhawks, who could bring a nine-game losing streak to Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.