What The Win Over Tampa Bay Means For The New York Rangers
The New York Rangers came away with a huge overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. It's also worth noting some of the successes the Rangers had in that game. With this win, it puts the Rangers five points ahead of the second place Bruins, who are currently tied in games played with the Rangers. Also, they maintain their four point lead in the Atlantic Division as the Flyers won tonight as well.
First off, the Rangers finally scored their first power play goal in 19 chances over the last six games. The power play looked like it was completely reformed tonight. The Rangers gained the zone without any troubles at the blue line. Once they gained the zone, they got control and made some excellent passes around the outside.
Even though they only scored once, they could have put in a few more with the way they were moving the puck. If they keep that up, the power play goals will come in bunches. Also, Brad Richards scored just his second goal in 13 games tonight, and it wound up being the winner.
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Brad Richards was extremely visible tonight around the net, especially quarterbacking the power play for the Rangers. In addition, scoring the game winner is a huge confidence booster in itself, so hopefully that jump starts Richards again.
Artem Anisimov has also been getting his game back together as of late, and currently has four points (1 G, 3 A), in his last three games. One of those three assists, being the one that setup the game winning goal tonight for Brad Richards.
Overall, last night's game had a lot of positive signs after a very poor performance against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.