This Sunday, the NY Rangers blasted the Anaheim Ducks in a 7-2 rout and skated into the three-way lead of NHL’ top position. Nevertheless, although the Rangers were in top shape the last three months, they acknowledged that last night’s game could have been better.
But, in the end, the Blueshirts made their fans’ night with one of their best performances in the entire season, although they were tied in points (99) with both Anaheim and Montreal.
After the hard-fought win, the Rangers’ goaltender Cam Talbot said that both teams knew that Sunday night’s performance was a “statement game” since both Rangers and Anaheim were “measuring sticks” in the league.
Cam Talbot had a wonderful 36-save performance that deprived the Ducks of any hopes of winning the game in the last minutes. Talbot also said that last night’s game was “huge” for his team since all rival teams seemed set to knock them off this season due to their recent play.
In their last four games, the Blueshirts scored no more than six goals, while in their previous nine they scored 17. This Sunday’s match was quick, crisp, and efficient because of the Rangers’ rush attacks and forceful play since minute one.
The performance was beyond any expectations since many people feared that the miss of its No. 1 goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who suffered a neck injury this February, will greatly lag the team behind. But, Cam Talbot proved himself a talented placeholder with an excellent performance.
Derek Stepan scored twice, while Keith Yandle greatly boosted his team with his three helpers although he failed to record an assist in his first games while playing for the Rangers. J.T. Miller scored 1 goal in the second period of the game like Mats Zuccarello did, while Derick Brassard scored the seventh goal.
Chris Kreider and Stepan’s forceful play secured a 5-2 score for the Rangers in the first 16 minutes. Kreider had a very forceful start and didn’t relax his frenzied rhythm until he has secured a 3-2 for his team in the first period.
Stepan stated that the Rangers planned to get the best start possible and settle for a strong first five minutes. Stepan’s deflection helped Kreider scoring before he did it himself in the first period.
Stepan argued after the match that his teammates felt that they had to do anything to raise their own level since they were playing against an elite team.
“We had our legs moving from the start. We couldn’t afford to play slow against this team and we couldn’t allow them to play to strengths,”
Ryan McDonagh argued.
But, the first twenty minutes were crucial for both teams, while the Ducks found it extremely hard to secure a superior position when confronted with the Blueshirts’ relentless play. Also, starting goaltender Frederik Andersen slipped three goals out of seven shots in the first 10 minutes. So, the Rangers later scored four more out of 22 attempts.
McDonagh acknowledged that their first 20 minutes were decisive to his team, which focused mainly on attacks and counter-attacks. But, when there was a desperate need of saves, Talbs intervened as he always did.