Finding a way to win is a poor statement, as Marian Gaborik was unable to continue in last night’s game due to her deep thigh laceration suffered in practice, then Michael Del Zotto fell with the same type of injury with a skate on the rib that also caused a cut.
The Rangers improved their game on every level and clearly could have won this game in regulation as they were the best team on the ice that night.
Olli Jokenin officially became a Ranger! Stating that before last night’s game he needed to have a great game and that’s what he did. He not only connected a secondary assist on Chris Dury’s feed to Brandon Dubinsky’s goal, tying the game at one. Olli was good for the winner of the game in the Over Time session and won the Blue Shirt the two much needed points.
Chris Dury defined the letter C on his chest in this game and showed signs of a legendary former Ranger captain whose number eleven is retired. I’m not comparing the two, but when you do the things Chris did last night it made me feel really good who wears the C on his chest on this team.
The Rangers would get two consecutive power play opportunities after the fight and it would be two power plays the team would want to forget about. There are no short goals against, but the Rangers let the Penguins have good chances to score over a man.
In addition to poor power play opportunities, the Rangers’ second period was very good and they shot the Penguins 13-6 in the second and 2-0 in the goal department, taking a 2-1 lead in the third. .
This season’s Ranger killer Sidney Crosby would tie the game in the third for his second of the night scoring 40 goals and his career-high 41.
But Crosby’s two-goal night would be ruined by the winner in Olli’s time and an all-out effort from the New York team. Short on defense and offense, this team stepped up in all it could and took home two points on the road against the defending champs.
This Ranger team is playing well even though their record in recent times doesn’t show it in recent battles. They were in all of those games and they lost all of those games by one goal since they played Phoenix and in most of those games they were the best team.
There is one more game before the Olympic break and it is at home against a team that is ahead of the Rangers in the standings. The game against the Lightning will have a playoff atmosphere, as this Blue Shirt team is playing like they know what’s at stake.