The New York Rangers don’t play well when they give up the first goal. In fact, they have been the worst team in the NHL when giving up the first goal with a record 0f 1-15. The word “pushback” has been associated with the lack of ability to come back after giving up the first goal. Well, they finally did and you can add one more win to make the Rangers record 2-15 when giving up the first goal.
The Rangers fought back from a 2-0 deficit and later a 3-2 deficit to beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 in their first shootout of the season. Benoit Pouliot scored the game winner in the shootout. Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin both ended long scoring droughts and Chris Kreider added another clutch goal late in the third period to get the game to overtime.
This was a real hard-fought win in a game that the Rangers desperately needed. So far during a nine-game home stand, the Rangers were 0-3-1 and were playing real bad hockey. They weren’t scoring and they weren’t defending. But to make matters worse, they continually got down and didn’t show a lot of fight to get back into the game. But that all changed Sunday night. The Rangers did an excellent job of fighting and clawing to get a much-needed win.
There is still a lot of work to be done for this Rangers team, but this win is a start in the right direction. They must find a way to score the first goal, but if they fall behind it is nice to know that they can comeback.