Rangers' Offense Explodes for Seven Goals in Outdoor Tilt Vs. Devils
After going down 3-1 in the first period, the Rangers stormed back and scored six unanswered goals for a 7-3 victory in the first of two games at Yankee Stadium. Not only did the Blueshirts score seven goals on the afternoon, but six came against future Hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur.
The team got great games out of Derek Stepan, Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Dominic Moore. Stepan scored a penalty shot goal and added an assist and Nash, his linemate, picked-up his team leading 18th goal of the season.
Zuccarello may have been the team's best player as he scored two goals, had four shots on goal, registered two hits and was a + 2. His linemate, Brassard, picked-up two assists and made some great passes towards the net that led to two goals.
Moore also had himself a great game. Moore had a goal and an assist in the first period and helped the team get themselves back into the game during a sluggish first period for the club.
When clicking, the Rangers' offense is one that is tough to stop. While it took them a period to get things going this afternoon, they came out and more than got the job done in the second and third periods to snap the team's two-game losing streak.
It could have been a lot worse for the Devils if the Rangers' power play was able to connect in this tilt. The club's power play, ranked eighth in the league, did generate some good chances with the man advantage but were not able to cash in.
In all, this game shows that the Rangers' offense is a lot different than it was under previous head coach John Tortorella. The team plays with a lot more speed, plays with more of a nose for the net, and is not afraid to put pucks on goal, all factors that contributed to this afternoon's victory.
With the way the Rangers utilized their speed this afternoon, the team was able to generate several odd-man rushes. These odd-man rushes resulted in a few goals for in helping the team pick-up two crucial points.
Secondly, it is the Rangers' ability to drive to the net this season that is helping to produce positive results. This kind of play led to goals by Moore and helped create Stepan's penalty shot goal.
Lastly, with the Rangers throwing more and more pucks on net these days, the team is finding the back of the net a lot more than in previous seasons. On the team's fifth goal of the game, Carl Hagelin just threw the puck on net and it managed to find a way to beat a bewildered Brodeur.
If the Rangers can use this kind of offensive explosion on Wednesday night at the Stadium against a New York Islanders team that knows how to beat them, the team will further entrench themselves in good standing in both the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference, which is all that matters come April.