The New York Rangers were looking for their first home win of the season to improve their record to 5-7, and the Buffalo Sabres were just looking for something positive as they were 2-11-1 going into last night’s game. Well make that 2-12-1 as the Rangers took it to the Sabres all game, out shooting them 46 to 29 to win by a 2-0 score.
If you look at only the score sheet you would not think it was a dominant performance by the Rangers, but this is the Blueshirts’ offense we are talking about after all.
One of the two Rangers goal scorers last night and the man who tacked on the insurance goal, Chris Kreider, has been playing extraordinarily well since being called up just a few games ago. This being his second goal since his call up, Kreider has been doing all of the little things right and even excelling at them. Using his size and speed plus his defensive play have all improved since the John Tortorella days as Kreider now looks to get his “regular season” career started with the Rangers.
Every single shift Kreider has been very noticeable and making plays to help his team win games. This is really important not only for Kreider’s own self and his development, but for a Rangers team who has been plagued with injuries all month long to start the 2013-14 season with forwards Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan. With those two out, two of the Rangers top three forwards by the way, it was so important for Kreider to get off to a fast start.
If Kreider continues to shine this season and then Nash and Callahan return to the lineup, who knows what the Rangers’ offense could potentially accomplish.
After starting the season on a 9 game road trip, Chris Kreider and the Rangers look to continue the momentum at home. Grab Rangers tickets here and see them build on the two-game win streak!