I actually thought this was one of our poorest efforts in a win this season. They turned it on in the third, but we were significantly outplayed by a pretty ****** Isles team for large chunks of the second, and were unable to generate many quality scoring chances for most of the first two periods.
Passes weren't crisp, our guys seemed very sluggish in their own zone, and I thought Richards in particular was very disappointing.
Don't get me wrong, I still love this team, and I'm sure there was an understandable malaise due to coming back after the holiday break, but I just think we were lucky to be playing the Islanders tonight or else we'd all be singing a very different tune.
No worries though, 2 points is 2 points and I have no doubt that this team will come to play on Thursday.
Caught parts of the 1st and most of the 2nd period including Hagelin goal (nice move MDZ) but missed the third. My fan participation was incomplete for this game so I refrained from voting. Glad to come home and find the latest streak of W's lives on.
Is anyone here ever going to acknowledge that the Rangers seem to be outplayed at times because they play an outstandingly disciplined defensive system and it seems like no one on this team ever breaks their assignment? Seriously... ever player on the ice understands their assignment and sticks to it. That is an element of a successful hockey team. There are plenty of sequences where the opposing team seems to carry play in the Rangers' zone, but if you can find me a team that blocks more shots and disrupts the oppositions' offense more than the Rangers, I'd love to see it.
It's 34 games into the season, the Rangers have been outshot in a vast majority of their games, and they still sit as the top team in the Eastern Conference. Can you guys please realize at some point that overwhelming offensive zone pressure is not the cornerstone of this teams' success? Rather it is a combination of a superior defensive system, unmatched work ethic, world class goaltending, and a wonderfully skilled and unrelenting offensive attack that fuels this team.
I would say that's a pretty good equation for success and just because other teams might spend some time in our zone I'm not gonna crap all over what is currently one of the top 3 teams in the NHL.