Pretty much everything I was going to post has already been said.
Three quick things:
1. Anyone going to eat some crow for the “Nash is an overrated 60 point player!!1! We don’t need him!” posts yet? The guy is one of the most talented players in the league and gives the Rangers a dimension they haven’t had in a long time.
2. Nice to see they are improving each game, even if they’re still not there yet. Also nice to see Gabby step up in a big way.
3. Hank we need ya.
Stars: Gabby, Nash, McD.
HM: Pyatt, Staal
"Here we can see the agression of american people. They love fighting and guns. when they wont win they try to kill us all." -HalfOfFame
Feels good to get our first win since May. Gaborik netting a hat trick was huge. I think Gabby will score more than Nash this year if they're on the same line since Nash is such a dominant force and he draws defencemen to him, which won't bode well for other teams if Richards and Gaborik are given free reign
Gabby and Nash were awesome, and I think the pairing of Staal-Del Zotto outplayed Girardi and McDonagh. I like Pyatt's grittiness and he added a much needed boost to the 2nd line. I didn't notice Eminger which is a good thing because it means he didn't screw up - he should def be playing over Bickel from now on.
Tonight's game was a step in the right direction, but there is still plenty of work to be done. The faceoffs, lack of discipline, the PP, the defensive coverage, the failed clears, etc. About half the team is still sleepwalking for parts of the game. Once they wake up and remember what their identity is for a full 60, they'll be in good shape.