Special Teams Lead the Way for Rangers; Win Late

Photo Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Three goals in the final 6:36 of the third period paved the way for the Rangers as they defeated the Hurricanes 4-2.

Special Teams a Factor
Another game where special teams played a factor in the Rangers offensive game tonight as they were credited with two of the four Ranger goals. It all started with a Ryan McDonagh short handed goal, which was set up beautifully by a nice pass from Rick Nash which led to McDonagh to slap it past Hurricane goaltender Anton Khudobin, knotting the game up at 1.

After a Rick Nash goal, tying it at two, back to back delay of game penalties led the Rangers to a 5 on 3 powerplay opportunity, and Ranger new comer Marty St. Louis passed it perfectly to Derek Stepan who put it up high on Khudobin, who had no chance.

Marty Take Two
St. Louis led all Ranger forwards with 18:38 of TOI and assisted on the game winning powerplay goal. He was also tied with Nash with the most shots on goal with 5. While it looks like he’s trying to put one in the net, his hesitation allowing the play to set up right led to the game winner. During the post game, while talking with John Giannone, he talked about slowing it down, talked about how much time was left so there was no need to rush things.

St. Louis is one who likes to control the game by slowing things down, and allowing plays to develop.  This will help the Rangers gain more pucks in the back of the net.

One Win Away
It wasn’t a vintage Hank game by any means, but Henrik Lundqvist held his own during this game, and helped the Rangers stay in the game. This game brought him to win 299, one away from 300 career wins. Sunday’s game is at home against Detroit, and I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Lundqvist get the start with 300 at his fingertips.

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