Rangers Bounce Back With Big Win Over Detroit
After a dismal effort against the Senators on Monday, the Rangers bounced back in a big way with a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Before the game, David Quinn announced that alternate captain Marc Staal and Greg McKegg would return to the lineup. Lias Andersson and Ryan Lindgren would be healthy scratches for the night.
After an uneventful first period, the Rangers came out strong in the second period. First, a power play goal from Tony DeAngelo, which was direct from a Brendan Lemieux spin move in front of the net.
Then, a Chris Kreider wrist shot from a cross ice pass from Pavel Buchnevich was buried past Howard to give New York a 2-0 lead.
To add, Ryan Strome deflected a beautiful shot from Adam Fox, which was set up by an even better pass from Artemiy Panarin on the power play to make it 3-0. The Rangers had been lacking on the power play and these efforts seemed to have woken up the special teams.
Detroit would make it 3-1 before the end of the second, but Greg McKegg would keep the lead at three, as he scored a shorthanded goal, his first as a Ranger, in the third to make it 4-1.
The Red Wings pulled Jimmy Howard with just about 5 minutes to play but after a flurry of Red Wing chances, Artemiy Panarin buried the empty net goal to make it a 5-1 game and seal the deal for New York.
Overall, the Rangers had a solid effort throughout the game. The mistakes and miscues from the game against Ottawa were basically squashed, as the Rangers seemed less hectic on the ice and looked more like a unit trying to play a hockey game. Pavel Buchnevich, Artemiy Panarin, Adam Fox, Chris Kreider and Ryan Strome all played well and contributed to the action.
Marc Staal looked solid in his return to the lineup on the back end with Adam Fox. Henrik Lundqvist was stellar in his return as he made 35 saves on 36 shots. This win won’t just elevate the Rangers from last place, they will have won three out of their last four games.
Next Game: The Rangers get right back into it as they head to Raleigh, NC for a matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. Puck drops at 7!
LETS GO RANGERS!!