Rangers unload on Penguins, crush division leaders (NYR 5 v PIT 0)

Tanner Glass keeps the game scoreless - NYR v PIT 11.11.14 (NYR site)

Tanner Glass keeps the game scoreless – NYR v PIT 11.11.14 (NYR site)

Last night, the Blueshirts put together their best game of the season coming off their worst one. After the Rangers lost to the Oilers, Henrik Lundqvist shut the door and talked about being the team they need to be.

RANGERS 5 vs. PENGUINS 0

No one expected the Rangers to walk over the Penguins last night, let alone win after their horrendous performance at home against Edmonton. Maybe it was the goal line saving play by Tanner Glass, or the return of John Moore – who played a sparkling 21:49 of great hockey, or maybe it was Lundqvist being – well, Lundqvist.

Actually, what it was started in the locker room after Edmonton and carried over against Pittsburgh – commitment. To a man, the Rangers dedicated themselves to playing fast and hard for a full 60 minutes. The results were noticeable to the veterans on hand and everyone else.

“We knew that to be able to compete against a team like Pittsburgh, who are on top of their game, we needed a total team effort,” head coach Alain Vigneault told the media. A total team effort is what he got as he rolled 4 lines and 3 pairings on D throughout the game.

NYR v PIT 11.11.14 (via ESPN)

NYR v PIT 11.11.14 (via ESPN)

Here’s an odd number for you, Tanner Glass played more than Chris Kreider. No, your eyes aren’t going buggy, it’s true. He played 14:46 to Kreider’s 13:45. As a matter of fact, only 6 other forwards registered more ice time. For the ice time, AV was rewarded with a game saving play, where he swept a sure goal away from the line, ala Hunwick. In addition to that he registered a walloping and team leading 6 hits with 4 shots on goal. Notice, when put on the right line with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast he can contribute.

Stepan, Kreider and Zuccarello celebrate (NYR v PIT 11.11.14)

Stepan, Kreider and Zuccarello celebrate (NYR v PIT 11.11.14)

The Rangers rattled the Penguins in the first period on goals from, Mats Zuccarello, Marty St. Louis and Kevin Klein. NY would seal the deal on special teams with a PP goal from Brassard in the second and a shorthanded marker by Nash in the third (NY’s first of the year).

Marc Staal used the term “wake up call” after Edmonton. He told reporters afterwards, “Not one guy in this room was happy or was going to accept the way we played. We wanted to respond.” The response led the hottest player in the game Sidney Crosby to admit how badly his team was outplayed.

Henrik Lundqvist who notched his 53rd career shutout admitted, “I didn’t feel safe after 4-0, to be honest with you.” Funny, but watching him play last night, I felt like a baby in mommy’s arms.

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