In this edition of Quick Hits, we’ll be looking at how Henrik Lundqvist reclaimed the crown he probably never actually lost in the first place, and why that’s so important for the Rangers’ playoff hopes. And of course, some other stuff, too. As always, down below you’ll find a table with all the Rangers’ stats […]
Going into game two of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series vs. Montreal, the Rangers looked to win consecutive games after taking a lead in a series for only the third time since 2012.
To start, the pace of was much better than that of game one. The players at least pretended there was a puck on the ice instead of trying to just hit each other for ten straight minutes.
Henrik Lundqvist was serenaded with sarcastic “Hen-rik” chants in the Bell Centre, where he’s struggled in his career, to start the Rangers’ playoff run, but on Wednesday night, the chants did nothing to get the King off of his throne. He was sparkling, making 31 saves en route to a 2-0 win in the series opener. Thumper Tanner Glass’ surprising’ first-period goal, ended up as the game-winner.
The odds on Glass scoring the first goal of the playoffs for the Rangers were probably pretty slim, so drinks are on you if you placed that bet. Glass’ second-career playoff goal gave the Rangers the lead in a first period in which they were outshot 16-5. His line, with Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast, was excellent all night.
Last season at this time, most honest Rangers’ fans knew that a first-round matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins was going to be a bloodbath. And not the kind where your team has plenty of rest for their second-round appointment after a sweep of an inferior team, but rather one that ends with a quick trip to the golf course. That team’s defense was so awful that only a Herculean effort by Henrik Lundqvist kept even making the Stanley Cup Playoffs a possibility. The offense was good, but could in no way offset the blown coverages in the highest of scoring areas in front of the crease.
With great production in the AHL, 25-year-old Taylor Beck has been chomping at the bit to make his return to the NHL. As announced earlier today, he’s getting his chance. OFFICIAL: #NYR have recalled forward Taylor Beck from @WolfPackAHL. — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 7, 2017 Conventional wisdom would say that this is a […]
(Update: I originally mistakenly removed the last game instead of the first game in Columbus as part of the tie breaking procedure. This does not change the positional outcome, however, I have fixed the story to reflect this change – DR) The New York Rangers win over the Philadelphia not only eliminated the Flyers from […]
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