Last night was the most complete game the New York Rangers have played through the first month of the season. They defended well and were relentless on the forecheck which led to a season high in shots at 46.
The Rangers’ forecheck was the key to their win last night. All four lines did a great job of getting the puck in deep and working the cycle. Once again Chris Kreider was the best player on the ice for the Rangers. The line of Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, and Derek Stepan was phenomenal for the second straight game as that group combined for over 15 shots in the game and got the big second goal to stretch the lead to 2-0.
The power play was another good spot for the Rangers. Derick Brassard got the scoring started on a rocket of a shot from the point. The only negative was the finishing ability of the Rangers. With 46 shots on goal and only two goals the Rangers needed to put a couple more in the net. It is dangerous letting teams hang around especially when you are dominating. That is how teams steal games on the road, but the Rangers continued to press and Henrik Lundqvist stood tall when he had to.
Don’t look now, but the Rangers have their first winning streak of the year and have won three of the last four. With three more games at home the Rangers could end up climbing the standings very quickly. The forecheck will have to be consistent over these next few games in order to string together some more wins.