Senators Lead Series 2-1
I - OTT 2; NYR 1
II - OTT 6; NYR 5*
III - NYR 4; OTT 1
NEW YORK RANGERS: All The King's Horses Propel Blueshirts to First Victory Over Sens; Centermen Finally Do Their Jobs.
After Facing 77 SOG Through Game Two,
Blueshirts Lighten Henrik's Load; Faces Only 27 SOG
MatsZuccs to the rescue, again!
But at least the other lines showed up. So, let's here it for the Rangers center men, finally! Mika Zibanejad assisted on MatsZucc's opening goal. Derek Stepan assisted on Rick Nash's goal. And even J.T. Miller (who needs to stay the hell out of the penalty box) assisted on Oscar Lindberg's goal.
Now if they can start winning a few more face-offs ...
Tanner Glass finally skated for the first time since Game Three against the Habs.
About that ... see how wishy-washy Alain Vigneault is?
At least he had the wherewithal to realize the team needed an increased physical presence against Montreal, and thus started Tanner Glass in Game One. Outside of Henrik Lundqvist, Glass was perhaps most responsible for the Rangers opening victory despite only eight minutes of ice time.
But because things went awry after the second period of Game Two (Glass nonetheless accounted for 10 hits), and again in Game Three against Montreal, Glass was scratched for the remainder of the series.
Fast forward - the Rangers get woefully outplayed during their first two games in Ottawa. I'll take it a step further: Vigneault was getting beaten at his own game. Vigneault adjusts by shortening his bench in Game Two. When that doesn't work, Coach lengthens his bench again, reverting back to four lines featuring Tanner Glass in Game Three, whom initiates three hits, and registers a secondary assist on Oscar Lindberg's goal.
And if I may, how about giving Jesper Fast just a little more ice time? Take away some minutes from a very inconsequential Kevin Hayes.
Just saying ...