The Rangers were fairly dominant in the 1st period outshooting the Leafs 14-3, however, it was the Leafs that ended the period with a 2-0 lead. The pace notably slowed down in the 2nd period, but the Rangers brought the score to within one on a Brad Richards goal. The Rangers poured it on in the 3rd period with beautiful goals from Marian Gaborik and Marc Staal as well as Brian Boyle deflecting one in off his chest.
The Rangers wound up outshooting the Leafs 42-17.
What I Loved:
- I loved the effort and physicality. This type of intensity is what made the Rangers great last year. Even in the 1st when they got in an early hole the Rangers were bombarding the Leafs with shots. This was the type of effort that would make a loss more manageable to deal with.
- I loved Marc Staal. He had a huge hit last game and another one tonight, not to mention a goal and assist. His own goal was a beauty and he really ripped the shot Gabby tipped in. This has been a much better Staal than the one who showed up in the first two games.
- I loved the Nash/Richards/Gabby line. Torts clearly made a mistake not putting these guys together on opening night. This could become one of the most feared lines in the league as the season moves on.
What I Didn’t Love:
- I didn’t love the way Henrik Lundqvist looked. He was not terrible, or even all that bad, but he looked a bit shaky and two goals on three shots is unacceptable.
- I didn’t love watching Colton Orr beat up Mike Rupp. Orr through some cheap shots at the end, but boy do I miss seeing him wail on people in a Rangers jersey.
2-3 doesn’t look so bad does it? Sure it is no Blackhawks but I’ll take it. Overall a great effort.