So the Rangers kicked two field goals last night, as they trounced the Tampa Bay Lightning 6–1 at The World’s Most Famous.
This was undoubtedly the most dominant performance of the young season for the Blueshirts, as their speed game was too much for the Bolts to handle.
Keep in mind, the Lightning have been one of the best teams in the NHL in recent seasons, as they were in the Stanley Cup Finals two years ago and the Conference Finals in 2016. Last night, they got whipped — up and down the ice.
Here are my key points from the contest:
Better beginning and ending: The Rangers didn’t give up a goal in either the first or last minutes of a period last night. Bleeding had to be stopped on that one.
Rolling Thunder: Having four lines that can get the job done is crucial in today’s NHL. The Rangers rolled ’em last night and Tampa was toast. The visitors defense caved in, due to Broadway speed and skill.
Grab the hats: Michael Grabner did his best impersonation of The Mad Hatter last night. Three goals (5 already on the campaign), all of them great — as his world-class speed was on display throughout. The last one in particular, with Kevin Hayes’ spin-o-rama pass through two defenders to find Grabner for the final goal. A big part of General Manager Jeff Gorton’s summer makeover, the speedy Grabner is delivering in all three zones.
Key guys coming through: Nice start to the season for the much-maligned Rick Nash. Netted his fourth of the year on a second-period breakaway. Ripped in high to the glove side. Vintage #61 on the one. J.T. Miller continues to play hard-nosed hockey, as he potted his third of the year. Jimmy Vesey, who gets better and better every game, scored his fifth.
Holden steady: Don’t know what it is with the Twitter crowd. Seems that Rangers d-man Nick Holden is this year’s whipping boy. I disagree. In fact, last night was probably his best game so far this year. Made the key play at the Rangers blue line to spring Nash for the breakaway goal which opened the floodgates.
Let’s hear it for the Bishop: Tampa goaltender Ben Bishop has been a nightmare for the Rangers in recent seasons, particularly in the playoffs. It was great to hear The Garden Faithful roar their approval every time he touched the puck in the third period. Bishop didn’t know what hit him last night.
Next up for the Rangers: Tomorrow night’s match up at MSG with the rugged St. Louis Blues (7 p.m. Eastern).
Thanks for taking the time to read my review. Let me know what you think.