During the second period of the Rangers 5-1 win against the Lightning John Tortorella reunited the Dan Girardi/Marc Staal defensive pairing. He explained why to Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record…
“They played together for so long prior to [McDonagh] coming on to the scene. Last night I just felt we were struggling a little bit with our pairs so I switched it up. They just went to work. I think they read off one another well. It was cohesive when we made the change in the middle of game.”
…i don't think it's any surprise that the Rangers defense went into lockdown mode as soon as those two were reunited. They were always a solid pair, so I'm a fan of Torts putting them back together. I also think dropping McDonagh to second pairing will do wonders for Del Zotto's game. It'll allow him to concentrate on his offense knowing there's a guy like McDonagh out there to back him up if he gets caught up ice.
…and with how well Stralman and Gilroy are playing, Rangers fans should be confident in the blueline going forward.