New York Rangers’ 5 Best Wins of 2013-14 Season Through 01/17/2014
5 Biggest Wins of Season For New York Rangers Through 01/17/2014
Earlier this season, the New York Rangers notched some cringe-worthy losses. Some were in bad blowouts, others were a result of either one careless mistake or a lack of hustle. Up until January, the Rangers did not have many great wins to celebrate, much less give the fans confidence that they could do special things down the road.
Now, as the Olympic break approaches, the Rangers are playing their best hockey of the season. They are also winning games that they would not have dreamed of winning during the first half of the 2013-14 season.
Not only does this bode well for the Rangers' chances going forward, but it also symbolizes the team coming together and being more comfortable in new coach Alain Vigneault's system.
Most importantly, their franchise player Henrik Lundqvist is playing like the best goaltender in hockey again. On top of that, Mats Zuccarello is having a career year, Chris Kreider is beginning to fulfill his potential and several role players have stepped up.
Of course, should the Rangers have any aspirations of going deep in the playoffs, they will have to do a lot more. That said, the process of becoming that dangerous playoff team has begun.
It's now time to reflect back on the Rangers' best wins of the 2013-14 season as the Stadium Series and Olympic break are just around the corner. Which of the Rangers' 25 wins in 49 games are the best?
Here's one hint: their recent win over the Chicago Blackhawks did not make the cut. As important and great as that win was, this list compiles the Rangers' best wins. These comprise of their most dominant and best-played, especially in big spots.
Which ones made the cut? Let's find out.
5. January 16, 1-0 over Detroit Red Wings
In one of the best goaltending duels you'll ever see, Henrik Lundqvist's 38 saves bested the 48 of Detroit Red Wings' Jimmy Howard at Madison Square Garden.
4. October 29, 3-2 over New York Islanders
The Rangers were struggling mightily at this point of the season, and this game against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum was a must-win situation. They prevailed 3-2 on a late goal by Benoit Pouliot.
3. November 6, 5-1 over Pittsburgh Penguins
The mighty Pittsburgh Penguins were healthy, and their full lineup was mostly intact for this game. It didn't matter however, as the Rangers put forth their most dominant performance of the season up until that point in a 5-1 blowout.
2. January 12, 4-1 over Philadelphia Flyers
This Sunday night game at the Garden was the most dominant performance of the season by the Rangers. Most importantly, they got under the skin of the Philadelphia Flyers' key players. Their rivalry was re-ignited in a big way in this one.
1. November 30, 5-2 over Vancouver Canucks
It was the Chris Kreider show at the Garden. Not only was it the most satisfying win of the season for the Rangers, but Kreider and his teammates stuck it to former coach John Tortorella. It assuredly made the anti-Torts people happy, and was also gratifying for Alain Vigneault, who was facing his former team for the first time.