Rangers Vs. Devils: Good Enough For Sixth

Bruce Bennett

Notes from the Rangers win over the Devils.

- So we expected to finish Saturday not knowing much about the seeding -- aside from the fact that a single point would allow the New York Rangers to avoid the 8th seed. Well, they got two points, and then the Ottawa Senators got zero so the Rangers solidified sixth place and a date with the Washington Capitals ... Again.

- The Rangers played a really solid game, and got everyone involved thanks to John Tortorella making sure the ice time was even across the board.

- Rick Nash had two goals, finished the season with a team-high 21 goals and was second in points with 42. Not a bad first regular season for Nash, although a lot of judgement will go into his performance in the post season. Regardless, Nash was really good against the Devils. He was all over the ice, made things happen in the offensive zone and obviously got on the scoresheet.

- Speaking of leading the team. Remember when people wished Derek Stepan was traded for Nash instead of Artem Anisimov. Please raise your hand if you still feel that way. He had a goal and an assist in the game and finished the regular season leading the team with 44 points (18 goals). To say he's been immense would be an understatement.

- And since we're talking about Stepan we may as well talk about his partner in crime Ryan Callahan. He too had a goal and an assist. That duo has some serious chemistry together -- chemistry which started brewing last year during the playoffs -- so expect to see the two paired during the post season.

- John Moore was awesome, again. He had an assist ont he first goal and was great in all three zones. I love how he skates to create offense. It's a sight to see. What more can I say about him? He's been legit for the Rangers since he got here.

- Anyone see a reason why Chris Kreider can't play 10+ minutes a night in the playoffs? I know the Devils had nothing to play for, but I thought he played well in his 15 minutes of ice time. Had a few chances, lead the team with five hits and used his speed really well.

- Mats Zuccarello had an assist and finished the regular season with eight points in 15 games. His assist highlighted what might be the prettiest goal the Rangers have scored all year. He's played his way into a contract extension in my book.

- Henrik Lundqvist go this second shutout of the year and was there when he had to be. Not that the Devils gave him much trouble.

- This is a really good way to go into the playoffs. The Rangers did a lot of things right in April (10-3-1 record) and got hot at the right time. The Marian Gaborik trade helped, a lot. Derick Brassard and John Moore have been a big part of the Rangers' success. And when Derek Dorsett comes back, well, that's just more depth and leadership to add to the pile.

Thoughts?

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