At the end of a long road trip, the Rangers could've easily packed it in as they've done on more than one occasion in this young season. Instead, the team turned in a 65 minute effort that ended with three Rangers that got off the schnide and gave the Rangers a big road victory in a building they hadn't won in in this millennium.
Cam Talbot (32 saves) was absolutely sensational. The first goal that beat him short-side was the only mark against him but looked unbeatable at moments. Gave Detroit very little second chances. Did everything under the sun to keep the Rangers close against a dangerous team.
Tonight was Chris Kreider's best game as a Ranger. Unlucky to not score. Was all over the ice in the first 40 minutes, generating numerous chances for himself. Linemates Stepan and Richards were quiet.
Also Benoit Pouliot's best game as a Ranger. Tied the game at 1 on the powerplay after a scramble in front of Jimmy Howard, Pouliot batted home his first as a Ranger. His hustle also led to the game winner beating out defensemen Kyle Quincey and Danny DeKeyser for a puck. DeKeyser inexplictly went to help Quincey at the opposite side of the ice and left Brassard by himself for a breakaway that beat Jimmy Howard through the legs with just 13 seconds left in OT.
Mats Zuccarello made up for his bad first period turnover which resulted in a Detroit goal and registered his first goal of the season. Zucc outmuscled a 6' 2" Joakim Andersson for the puck and banked home a long rebound following a Staal shot from the point to tie the game at 2 early in the third. Big goal at the time after the Rangers allowed a powerplay goal from Daniel Alfredsson just before the second intermission.
And who was in the box for the Rangers late in the second that gave the Red Wings a one goal lead heading into the third period? Look no further than Taylor Pyatt…. ugh.
The one thing I continue to miss about John Tortorella's time as coach in NY is the lack of accountabilty that still worries me. We know Pyatt's you-know-what would've been stapled to the bench in the third period after his penalty led to Detroit taking the lead for the second time. Instead, AV gave Pyatt regular shifts in the third period. Still don't understand his role on the Rangers right now.
Boyle is quietly starting to round his game into form. Was robbed by Howard on a spectular save with his blocker while the goalie was down and out. 13-20 on draws tonight.
Barely heard a peep from Datsyuk and Zetterberg for most of the night who were separated for a majority of the game. Give credit to the Rangers blueliners….. even Del Zotto if you're so inclined.
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