New York Rangers Offense Awakens In Game 4 Win

By Brandon Fitzpatrick
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Rangers had one goal in their first two games against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. In the last two games, they have had eight.

The Rangers offense is beginning to wake up. In game 4, they had four different goal scorers for the second straight game. Derek Stepan knotted the game winner again. For the Rangers, their offense is finally starting to find some consistency and make a difference in the game.

While superstar forward Rick Nash has still been held without a goal, the Rangers are finding scoring from depth players in their lineup. One thing that is something to build on for the Rangers is having a power-play goal in back to back games for the first time in a long time.

In game 4 you could tell the Rangers wanted to establish their forecheck. They did a good job of having their defenseman pinch to clear off breakout passes. They got bodies to the net to disrupt Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. They also capitalized on Capital mistakes. Holtby made a cross ice pass that was tipped out of mid air and put into an empty net by Brad RichardsDan Girardi also scored a clutch power play goal to start the third period giving the Rangers a 3-2 lead.

Since Nash has struggled to get room in the last couple of games, the Rangers getting goals throughout their lineup is a welcome sight. Depth, which haunted the Rangers early in the season, has been a huge strength of the team since the trade deadline.

The Rangers must continue to score goals. Eventually they will be able to steal a game on the road if they can score more than two goals especially with Vezina Trophy finalist Henrik Lundqvist in net.

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