But this team has some serious system issues. We got the bounces in the 3rd, but they can't be too happy with this game.
It was unbearable for the first two periods. Especially their breakouts. I don't think its a personnel or effort problem. These are system issues that were around last year; they are just more pronounced this year.
They REALLY needed to win this game, another loss would have put them in a serious hole. At least now they have something to work with.
What are half the posters going to talk about until the next game?
But seriously, they needed that win and they played an incredible third. I think they really just needed confidence. You could see them all skating harder and playing smarter once they built up a head of steam, everyone, including Boyle, Hagelin, Stepan, Staal and the other whipping boys so far.
I melted down early because of the start we've had combined with our record when the Rangers play the Leafs when my mother-in-law is over to watch with us. Usually we get stomped when she watches her Leafs play us.