Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Not a lot from upfront as Devs edge Rangers 3-2
Can you win when two defensemen are your only scorers?
Not a lot of games, unless your goaltender is perfect, and Henrik Lundqvist was a shade off. In fact, Alain Vigneault called the Devs second goal "a routine save" post-game, and Lundqvist had to agree.
"I’m not quite sure what happened there,” Vigneault said. “It’s an easy first man on the puck. Mind you, it’s a routine save.”
But first of all, the Rangers are effectively playing with 10 forwards. Brandon Mashinter was on the ice for 2:48. J. T. Miller (on ice with Mashinter for Ryan Carter's first goal) for just 5:04, and less than a minute of that in the third period. Benoit Pouliot took another preventable penalty in the offensive zone early in the third and played less than two minutes in the period. Need some help there.
Even so, a point was in reach after Girardi's tying goal. Bad bounce, quick shot. Disappointing, Vigneault said. Frustrating, said Lundqvist.
Dom Moore (oblique), who been averaging 12 minutes per game, is expected to be back Sunday in Montreal, and he'll also be a plus on faceoffs (51.4 percent) with the Rangers winning just 46 percent against New Jersey.
Moore can't help the 0-for-5 PP---not quite sure why Carl Hagelin was on for 3:22, and Chris Kreider (two assists) only there for 3:04. (Remember Torts moaning about Hags? "He stinks on the power play")
Anyway, couple practices before playing Montreal on Saturday. Be back here tomorrow.