Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rangers Blast Devils 6-1

What a season.  The Rangers look like they are once again firing on all cylinders as the King returned to the Garden and blew up the rival Devils 6-1.

Nash got his 42nd in the first on a shot that Cory Schneider sort of helped into his own net.

Then at 11:59 Keith Yandle got his first goal as a Ranger and it was 2-0. 

25 seconds later Tanner Glass made a great pass to Moore in front and it was 3-0.  Schneider was given the rest of the night off. 

The second was scoreless for 19 minutes and 57 seconds when the shorthanded Rangers found Derek Stepan on the breakaway and he 5-holed Goalie # 2 Kinkaid for the 4-0 lead.

In the third goals by Brassard and Moore moved the score to 6-0 before Jacob Josefson ruins Hank’s shutout attempt at 16:30. 

The Rangers looked sharp – played hard and fast – defended well and dispatched a Devil’s team that has fallen on hard times this season.  The Rangers have now won three straight, Hank stopped .972 of the shots he faced, and all appears right with the world as we accelerate toward the playoffs

What Did We Learn?  That Lundqvist has shaken off any rust he might have had from inactivity and approaches the playoffs sharp and rested. 

Helpful Fellows:   2 Assists for McDonagh.  Single assets for Girardi – Glass – Staal – Fast – Stepan – St. Louis (welcome back) Zuccarello – Nash and Yandle. 

Did Special Teams Determine The Outcome Of This Game?  We were 1 of 1 on our own powerplay – but stopped NJ on all 4 of theirs and scored a shorty. 

Where Do We Stand?  It is very good.  We top the East by a point and two games at hand over Montreal.  President’s trophy still in play. 

Oh My - What Will Happen Next?  Back to back games on Monday and Tuesday. 

Non-Sequitur of the day:  I’m glad Kentucky lost.  But I still think they could beat the Knicks.

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