Rangers 5, Canucks 2

Box Score

And that's how a team is supposed to respond to a coaches' criticism…

Your new top line ladies and gentlemen… Kreider-Stepan-Nash combined for 8 points and were dominant. Vancouver had no answers for the trio.

My biggest criticism of Torts has been and will always be his treatment of Kreider for the time he was here. Kreider sticking it back to his former coach with a hat trick today was a sight to behold. It also helps having Nash on the opposite wing opens up a ton of ice for Stepan and Kreider to work their magic.

Kudos to the Rangers (mainly the top line) keeping their foot on the gas to come out to start the second with a Nash redirect goal just 17 seconds in that knocked Luongo out of the game. 

We all love to give Del Zotto a hard time, but give him some credit on his power play goal to run the score to 4-0 midway through the second. Del Zotto took a couple of strides towards the net after some nifty passing work with Brassard and Zuccarello and delivered a nice, low, hard shot towards the net that beat the Canucks backup netminder with Callahan setting a screen in front. 

Talbot, (35 saves) turned in another fantastic performance, stopping a number of Canucks chances in the first before Kreider took over with his pair later on. Could probably hang the first goal against on bad positioning by Stralman. Regardless, Cam never let the lights and stage of Madison Square Garden get to him and was the same calm, cool and collected goalie that he's been in his road starts.

Someone must have installed a magnet to Dan Girardi as he took a number of sticks and pucks to his body today and never missed a shift. How he manages to stay healthy is a miracle.

Only complaint to take away… Need to see more from the second line. The Rangers can't become a one line team if they want to get anywhere once the weather begins warming up in a few months. The team can get by on what happened today every now and then, but it's not sustainable long term. The Rangers really need their captain to get going and lean on him for secondary scoring as Callahan only has a goal and 2 assists in his last 11 games. 

Mr. Fantasy Camp did everything he could to get under the Rangers skin once the game was well out of hand to no avail. Glad that guy is playing out west…

Boyle, please just stop with the fisticuffs.

McDonagh was his always stellar self and had a bit of an extra edge to his game today. Also tacked on an assist. Deserves Norris consideration if the points production keeps up. Good thing the Rangers signed him when they did.

Rangers 2 for 3 against the top ranked PK unit in the NHL.

On the flip side, while Daniel Sedin did get a late power play goal for Vancouver's 27th ranked power play, it came after a phantom Kreider roughing call.

The best thing you could ask for from the Rangers was coming out from last week's 5 game road trip with a winning record, which happened. Now with the Rangers playing just one road game, (in Buffalo) from now until all the way up to Christmas, its time for this team to start stringing multiple wins together and leave the .500 hockey behind them. Today's win was a great start.

The Rangers next opponent is the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.


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