With the New York Rangers dropping their last two games and falling down to 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division, a win and two points was much needed, and the main objective, in their game against the Winnipeg Jets last night.
After a quick goal to start the game by Rangers forward Carl Hagelin, the Jets quickly answered with two quick goals of their own, and before you even blinked an eye, the Jets were up 2-1 over the Rangers early in the 1st period.
However, the Rangers did not get discouraged and were able to regroup, limit defensive mistakes, and comeback to win, 4-2, on some first-time heroics from Hagelin.
For the first time in Hagelin’s career, he recorded a hat trick and captured the No. 1 star of the game, totaling three goals and no assists in a game the Rangers just had to win.
After showing little to no effort in back to back losses, to the Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild, a win and two points against the Jets was a must with points at a premium. And if it was not for Hagelin’s three goal game, the Rangers would have extended their losing to streak to three.
While the Rangers still need to improve, both offensively and defensively, Hagelin’s three goal game is at least promising for a player who has always struggled to finish and is considered to be a top six forward on the Rangers. Most importantly though, the two points were desperately needed for a team trying to hold onto a playoff spot like the Rangers.
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