Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ranger resurgence continues - beat Florida 6-3

The Rangers tried a goal in the first and two goals in the second. Both were only good enough for ties with the Florida Panthers - so the Rangers added three more goals in the third and that did the trick for a 6-3 win.

It wasn't a pretty win. It featured some sloppy play by the defense (including a giveaway and bad penalty by the usually reliable Dan Girardi that led to two Panther goals and a 3-3 tie) but the Rangers worked and shot their way out of a mess.

Goals are a wonderful thing. Get six of them and put Mr. Henrik Lindqvist in your net and you're going to win a few hockey games. The Rangers did just that last night.

Nash got a shorthanded goal to start us off. Hayes followed in the second with the first power play goal of his career - with his older brother watching from the opposing bench.

But Florida got two back to tie - with Girardi taking much of the blame as mentioned.

So the Rangers- who had scored 3 goals on their first 14 shots found themselves tied 3-3 starting the third period.

But Dan Boyle get the lead back for good. When in doubt throw it toward the net is the old saying - and Boyle did just that - from above the left circle. But the puck hit a defenseman's stick and skipped right get by Roberto Luongo and into the net.

The Rangers caught fire after that and Mats Zuccarello was rewarded for his hard work with a goal - roofing it from close range - for the 5-3 lead.

And finally - with the net empty - Rick Nash tied for the NHL lead in goals with his 31st to close out the scoring.

Did Special Teams Determine The Outcome Of This Game? It helped. The Rangers had a power play goal and a shorthanded goal and an empty netter. They did give up a power play goal as well.

Where do we stand? 25-15-4. Still in third place in the Metro. Closing in on the Penguins with games at hand. And the line of death? That's the Panthers who are starting to lose sight of 8th place.

Non sequitur of the day: Florida is not a city, okay? It's a state. A state with no natural ice outside of the Disney World skating rink.

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