Did I really predict a Rangers 5-2 win after Boston scored? Yes I did.

Vesey scores again (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Vesey scores again (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

I had barely gotten comfortable on the couch when David Pastrnak slipped by Nick “Hold-On For Dear Life” for a goal 10 seconds in. While most Rangers fans were upset, I literally laughed and joked, “we got ’em where we want ’em.”

Matter of fact, I was so confident that I sent this tweet out.

Yes…that is an embedded tweet with a legit time stamp.

Luck or Sorcery?

Actually, the only thing lucky about it was the final score. Not the intent and true conviction of the tweet. Here’s why…The Rangers for some inexplicable reason are getting caught flat footed to start games and also been a bit unlucky to boot. Both Washington and Arizona scored their opening markers off deflections which could’ve easily hit Lundqvist instead of the twine.

In truth, the prediction was made with the knowledge that the Rangers were the better team, rested, playing against the 4th penalized team in the league, with a mediocre PK, at home, against a 19 year goalie making his NHL debut.

It’s not really rocket science and you don’t need graphs or spreadsheets to figure it out. 30 years of watching NHL hockey and gut instincts will usually win every time. Ergo, why professional hockey scouts still remain the number one source for finding talent.

Just so you don’t think I racked my brain this morning to prove my tweet’s validity, here’s my exchange during the 3rd period with former NYR Blog creator, Kevin Delury.

The Kudos Tweets Were Pretty Epic

I will say, I thoroughly enjoyed the tweets offering praise. I even reveled in it a little. Here are some of the best ones.

Thanks for the love.

Snap Shots

Brandon Pirri has been on fire and his shot from the right circle should make him a permanent fixture in the lineup. We wrote about his prowess here today. Not only does he have a great shot, but he gets to the net too.

Josh Jooris is out long term with a separated shoulder. This should force Chris Kreider or Pavel Buchnevich back in the lineup. Both are dealing with minor injuries.

When Kreider and Buchnevich are both healthy who sits? I speculated that it would unjustly be Pirri but there is no way I can see AV doing that now. A trade may be imminent to improve the defense, and a forward could be part of a that deal to make it happen.

Jimmy Vesey has 5 points in his last 5 games and is the real deal. There is just nothing left to say.

On a side note, Rick Nash has reemerged as a force for the Rangers and should be given max credit for standing in front and using his deft hands to score the opening Rangers goal on the PP.

Here is Nash connecting with Vesey on the game burying goal.


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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