Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello scored in a shootout, and the New York Rangers beat Pittsburgh 4-3 on Friday night to hand the Penguins a rare loss in the tiebreaker.
The Rangers are getting contributions from different players on different nights. This isn’t a team that is reliant on Rick Nash taking over a game. The wealth of goal-scoring is being evenly distributed.
Someone was going to step up and write themselves into history. It turned out to be the diminutive forward, who has been arguably the Rangers’ most consistent player this season.
Derek Stepan broke a 13-game goal drought and Cam Talbot made 27 saves for his 10th win of the season as the Rangers won 4-1.
Mats Zuccarello broke up a scoreless duel between two Olympic goalies when he scored with 5:58 remaining, lifting the Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
It appears that the Rangers are on the upswing. Nash is providing moments of sheer awe, the Blueshirts are executing on special teams and franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist has found his game.
The fact that the Olympic hockey tournament takes place in the middle of an NHL season basically defies explanation. Too many things can happen, and none of them are good.
In addition to the players they have on Teams USA and Canada, the Tri-State Area NHL locals will be sending 10 additional players to the Games, representing Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Sidney Crosby scored his 23rd goal of the season and added two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins ripped the New York Rangers 5-2 on Friday night for their 11th straight home win.
Zuccarello is giving the Rangers a tremendous bang for their buck in a season where Derek Stepan, Brad Richards and Rick Nash are playing below their typical levels of production.
While The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is thrilling moviegoers, another “Hobbit” is captivating Rangers fans.
Let’s be clear. Rick Nash needs to raise his game. One goal in seven games isn’t cutting it, yet to call Nash “soft” and “invisible” and to the throw all the blame on Nash is neither fair nor accurate.
Nash has not suited up for the Rangers since suffering a concussion in San Jose on October 8. The 29-year-old winger has skated for nine consecutive days.
Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves, but the Rangers had their nine-game streak of holding opponents under three goals broken at nine.
Ever since his October 20 recall, Chris Kreider has been the Rangers’ most effective player on a nightly basis.