Congrats to Henrik Lundqvist for victory no. 300 for to go along with his 49th shutout, which ties Eddie Giacomin for first all time in Rangers history. Also, Lundqvist now with 300 wins sits one behind Mike Richter for first in that category. Easy win by Lundqvist's standards, who had to be good late with the Red Wings pressuring down 3 goals.
Bit of a slow start again for the Rangers which is the norm for a 12:30 game. Boyle and the fourth line got the Rangers on the forecheck from the beginning against a tired Red Wings side and were awarded with a lead which obviously was never surrendered.
"Terribly officiated game" has been an oft-repeated phrase this season but this one was especially bad. The Rangers had all but worn out the Wings by the end of the second period, who had been clutching and grabbing any and all Rangers in sight to attempt to slow the much faster team down. AV called it "legal interference" in a bench interview with Pierre McGuire. Proved to be a futile effort in the end.
Kreider, who had taken a bad penalty and was otherwise quiet up until the third period, had two huge goals in the third to finally put the game out of reach. The first was a tip off a Ryan McDonagh shot from the point just 14 seconds into the third and Kreider finshed off a 2 on 1 from a Stepan feed who had most of the net to shoot at with Wings goalie Jimmy Howard mis-playing the puck. Kreider's game seems to get better as the lights get brighter and the Rangers need more of this consistently moving forward.
Huge shift by the Rangers late in the second period in the Detroit end that kept some of the Red Wings' top players out on the ice for a very long time. Kronwall had a 2:59 shift, Franzen, 1:52, Legwand 1:58. On a Ranger power play early in the third, the Detroit defenders did little but stand around and watch the Rangers make plays in front of Howard. Luckily for Detroit, the goaltending prevented this game from being 5-0 at least.
Quiet game for the Richards-St.Louis-Hagelin line who had just 4 shots combined with plenty of power play time to boot. Nothing to worry about for now, but St.Louis and Richards need to re-discover that '04 magic soon.
Can we just hand the Norris trophy to McDonagh now? The puck just somehow finds his stick in the offensive zone on every single pinch.
Rangers 2-0 with Zuccarello back from injury after going 1-3 post break, coincidence?
The Rangers head back to Carolina for their second game in Raleigh in less than a week on Tuesday.
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