The New York Rangers‘ offense had been looking anemic in their last few games. In three of the last four games, the Rangers scored a goal or less. But in tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators, the Rangers’ offense finally awoke.
The Rangers scored eight goals en route to an 8-4 romping of the Senators. The Rangers were led by Derick Brassard‘s three-point night. They also got two goals from Rick Nash and goals from Benoit Pouliot, Ryan McDonagh and John Moore.
Clearly, the Rangers needed a game like this. Their offense has just looked awful in the last few games. But the offense finally started clicking as the new line combinations worked. The line of Brassard, Martin St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello finally started to come alive, as did the rest of the team.
Another great sign was how the defense was able to get a couple of goals. When the Rangers are playing well, their defensemen find a way to put pucks in the back of the net. Over the last couple of games, their offense has not done that.
Obviously, head coach Alain Vigneault won’t be happy with the defensive effort, but he has to be happy his team found a way to get some goals. Too many times this year, and in years past, the Rangers have gotten great opportunities but have failed to finish.
The Rangers found a way to get two big points tonight. They will need their offensive touch to carry over if they want to stay in the playoff race.