Talk about passing a test!
You could see from the opening faceoff that the Rangers were hungry for this game. Following two early goals by Rick Nash and former Flyer Daniel Carcillo, the Flyers were frustrated and out of sorts for the rest of the period. The most glaring example was when the Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds challenged Carcillo in front of the Ranger bench and ended up making his team shorthanded.
The Flyers did have their fair share of chances throughout, but Henrik Lundqvist was on his A-game all night for the Rangers. He appears to finally be rounding into form, and this is a great sign for the team.
As the Rangers added more goals to the scoreboard, the thuggery and shenanigans from the Flyers increased. Not only did the Rangers overtake the Flyers in the Metropolitan Division standings, but they got under their skin and made them lose their composure. Of course, the Flyers’ defense was nonexistent in the first period, but the Rangers would have jumped out to their lead against any team with the passion they displayed out of the gate.
This is the kind of effort Rangers’ fans have waited for all season long. What’s more, for the first time in a long time, the fans can begin to believe their team is capable of something special down the road.
Of course, the Rangers have a lot more work to do before reaching the level of the elite. But if their recent play suggests anything, they can certainly compete at a high level with the elite.