Every person inside the Garden deserves a full refund for being subjected to the sloppy, out-of-sync, uninspired hockey produced by the Rangers.
That series-opening overtime win against the Penguins less than a week ago is now a distant memory as the Rangers have dropped three straight since — including back-to-back losses at MSG.
The Penguins handed New York three consecutive power play opportunities – and the Blueshirts failed to cash in. What unfolded was the most timid skating any fan has ever seen.
The combination of Vigneault’s fresh approach and the natural skill and athleticism possessed by this current group of Rangers means that all the old history between the Pens and Blueshirts can be thrown out the window.
If you think momentum is going to be a big factor in Wednesday night’s seventh game between the Rangers and the Flyers, think again.
Here’s what the Rangers must correct if they are to win Game 7 and advance to a second-round meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
If there was any remaining doubt over his popularity, Daniel Carcillo fully won over Rangers fans with his Game 3 performance. He’s not the villain anymore. He’s their villain.
We know that hockey fans are extremely devoted. But this? This might be a bit much.
This could be Nash’s chance to truly endear himself to Blueshirts fans by putting in some dominant performances against the hated Flyers, starting tonight.
It’s been 17 years since the Rangers and Flyers met in the playoffs. There’s a sense of enormity brewing ahead of what should be a memorable, tightly fought, blood-and-guts kind of series.
He probably won’t win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy again, nor will he “freight train” opponents for the entirety of 60 minutes — but there’s no doubting the unmistakable game-changing value that Rick Nash brings to the Rangers.
Rick Nash scored the winning goal with 1:42 left, on New York’s third shot of the third period, and the Rangers improved their chances for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Rick Nash has played like a force of nature of late. The Rangers’ 6-foot-4 winger has been scoring vital goals and using his natural strength and athleticism to dominate opponents, much to the delight of the Blueshirts’ faithful.
Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals, and Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
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.