How about Artem Anisimov? He was named first star, with two assists and a big blocked shot while killing a 5 on 4. With Sean Avery back, Anisimov was lifted from the fourth line to playing with Marian Gaborik and Derek Stepan and excelled.
Erik Christensen had a power play goal, an assist and won eight of nine faceoffs.
Brad Richards led all forwards in ice time with 22:58, and is tied for the team lead in points with 10. His goal to extend the 3-2 lead to 4-2 was a momentum-changer. “It had already changed a bit, so that goal got us back into the game and it felt like we were on top again,” said Henrik Lundqvist, who made 25 saves for his fourth win. “He’s a player that makes big plays at big times and that one was huge for us.”
Michael Del Zotto, who was given the Broadway hat by the previous wearer, Jeff Woywitka, said he feels more comfortable the more minutes he plays. “I think we did a good job as a whole keeping it simple and not trying to do too much to tire ourselves out (being down to five D, with Michael Sauer gone for most of the game).”
The Blueshirts are now 3-1-1 at home, and the win was John Tortorella’s 100th as Rangers coach….
The Jets come in Sunday to close the six-game home stand. “There’s no excuse because Winnipeg is playing (Saturday), so they’re in the same boat,” Richards said. “We’ve got our home crowd and we have to find a way to come out and win again…and finish the home stand the right way