Never in my wildest dreams did I think last night was possible. The New York Rangers went into Chicago and beat a Chicago Blackhawks team in regulation 3-2 in only the Blackhawks’ third regulation loss at home this season.
Now as you know by now I am a diehard Rangers fan, but I am a pessimistic one at that. But even if you are the most positive Rangers fan in the world, you cannot tell me you thought with absolute certainty that the Rangers were going to win last night and get two points, especially in regulation.
I mean the Rangers are a team that just lost at home in a shootout to the Columbus Blue Jackets. If you honestly thought they would then go into Chicago and beat the Blackhawks in regulation then you are simply lying through your teeth.
Besides the Blackhawks being one of the elite teams in the NHL and the Rangers besting them 3-2 in Chicago, which is impressive on its own, the most impressive aspect of that game was the play of both the Rangers’ defense and starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. In order to beat the Blackhawks you have to play extremely tight defense since every single player on their team is lethal with the puck from anywhere on the ice. Even angles that might seem impossible to score from the Blackhawks will prove you wrong if you give them the chance.
When playing the Blackhawks, defense has to always be on high alert which the Rangers successfully did last night. From staying with their man to blocking shots to great goaltending — even though Lundqvist probably wishes he had that second goal back — if I had to give a letter grade to the Rangers’ defense and overall game last night, I would have to give them an ‘A’ since you have to be at least an ‘A’ in order to beat the Blackhawks, especially in Chicago.