Blueshirts close out 2014 beating Florida, on pace for 47 wins and 103 points (NYR 5 v FL 2)

Ryan McDonagh scores a PP goal against the Florida Panthers 12.31.14 (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Ryan McDonagh scores a PP goal against the Florida Panthers 12.31.14 (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

The New York Rangers have concluded a stretch to remember in December. After opening the month with two straight losses to Tampa and Detroit, NY would rattle off 8 straight victories and wrap up 2014 taking 9 out 10 games


NYR at FL 12/31/14 (ESPN)

NYR at FL 12/31/14 (ESPN)

Alain Vigneault knew this was a game the Rangers should have, “we just wanted to play fast and push the pace and I think that’s what we did.” The Rangers found puck luck and tons of rebounds from Panthers back up goalie, Al Montoya to win this one with relative ease.

First it was Chris Kreider who found a bouncing puck and pumped one home for his 6th of the year. The goal came late in the first period and with a little controversy as it was initially played with a high stick that was negated when it hit a Panther skate. Kreider would finish the night with 2 points and one of his better performances.

In the second period, more rebounds ensued as did the goals. Brassard cashed in a juicy one to make it 2-0 and on the PP, Ryan McDonagh did his best FIFA impression by stopping a clearing attempt with his skate. With a single foot flick he directed it onto his stick and boomed one in for a 3-0 lead.

Of course, the Rangers fell asleep at the wheel and the Panthers would close the gap to 3-2. Then it was Marty St. Louis who would play a puck off his skate for the key insurance marker. After review, another good goal. Dominic Moore would close out the scoring and the Rangers finished 2014 victorious.

Derek Stepan had a great night with 3 helpers and has been on a tear since returning from a broken leg. He has 25 points in 23 games and the Rangers have enjoyed his presence as the top line center once again.

The Rangers will begin 2015 with a very winnable game Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres. If they can maintain their pace for the season, NY is heading for a 47 win and 103 point campaign.

Happy and Healthy New Year to all NYR fans from the Staff at FTHN!



Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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