Let’s see, sound in the defensive zone, cautious in the neutral zone, taking advantage of the opponent’s mistakes when they can.
Oh no, the Rangers have turned into the Devils!
OK, maybe not, but a pretty encouraging first period for the Rangers, who have at least resorted to some of the fundamental hockey that carried them for most of last season. It still didn’t amount to much — the game is tied at 0-0 after one — but it was at least evidence that the team can keep it simple if it needs to.
Of course there’s still the chance the Devils score on their power play to start the second period, the Rangers implode, and Kevin Weekes is in net after 10 minutes. But it’s a better showing than we’ve seen…