Nothing is going to come easy for the New York Rangers. They proved it just tonight with their 4-3 shootout win over the Boston Bruins. This win epitomizes how this team is playing this year, how they played last year and how this team may be as we continue on this season.
The Rangers had a 3-0 lead in the third period. After finally getting some secondary scoring from guys like Carl Hagelin and Anton Stralman (!), they should have had more. The Rangers had a 5-3 power play late in the second and carrying over into the third. Guess what? Just like all year, they didn’t capitalize. They finished 0-4 on the power play, something the team is still struggling with. It really could have put the Bruins away. But the Bruins showed their grit and scored three goals in the second half of the period to tie the game.
But the Rangers showed they had some grit as well. After a bunch of scoring chances for each side in overtime, and the teams both exchanging goals during the first three rounds of the shootout, Ryan Callahan buried one to give the Rangers the win.
Was it pretty? No. But the Rangers aren’t a team that’s going to win games 6-2. They’re going to be gritty and do the little things to win. They finally look like a team that’s going to do that, winning four of their last five games. Whether they can keep it up will be the real question.