The New York Rangers needed to avoid a letdown against the Colorado Avalanche and they did just that. The Rangers dominated from the drop of the puck and won the game 5-1 and sent the home crowd away happy.
The Rangers ended the game with 43 shots and once again got contributions from all four lines. Ryan Callahan had two goals to lead the way. Anton Stralman added one to get his first goal of the season, Derick Brassard got his 10th goal and Brad Richards added the finishing touch on the dominant victory. Henrik Lundqvist was excellent during certain points, especially one 5-on-3 penalty kill.
Recently, the Rangers have started to surge once again. They have outscored their opponents 18-6 in their last four games and have been doing most of it with their 5-on-5 play. When the Rangers first started their surge in late December, the power play was the catalyst for that surge. Recently, the 5-on-5 play has been much better and is the main reason they have won four games in a row.
With so many distractions surrounding the team in regards to Callahan’s contract situation, it is nice to see that the distractions haven’t gotten to them on the ice. The Rangers are just playing the game and letting all the off-ice issues take care of themselves. Tonight was a perfect example of the mental toughness this team is exhibiting.
All in all, it was a dominant win for the Rangers against a very good team. The Rangers gave a phenomenal effort and need to bring that energy again on Thursday night.