The Rangers – who have been playing much better as of late and look like a team that could make a strong push for a late seed come postseason time – scored three times in the first 20 minutes and added another goal in the second period to build an early lead at the Madison Square Garden. That was enough and despite the fact that the Flyers pulled one back, the Rangers’ win was never in doubt and they cruised to a 4-1 victory in front of their fans.
It was a strange game for the Rangers as they have struggled to score and play physical for much of the season. But today, everything that had been wrong was positive for the team. Rick Nash scored once again – his 11th goal of the season – and looks like the dangerous player everybody expected him to be, Chris Kreider also found the back of the net in a power play situation and both Daniel Carcillo and Derick Brassard also scored.
Things on the defensive end weren’t too shabby either. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopping 37 of 38 shots his way and the penalty-killing unit was almost perfect allowing only one PPG in seven chances.
It was a solid performance from the Rangers even though the team hasn’t played like a contender yet. If they can keep this up down the stretch, they will be a difficult rival for any team that goes against them. They are clearly riding the momentum right now and that could land them a playoff berth if it continues until the end of the regular season.