So what have we learned class?
That if you stumble on the power play and the penalty kill, you will go nowhere in today’s NHL. If you can produce in those areas, you can gloss over plenty of mistakes.
Give the Rangers credit for outworking a Pittsburgh team that looked awfully disconnected. They weren’t perfect in the win, particularly in a fairly dull second period. But their effort level never wavered, and their special teams play, particularly on the penalty kill, was stellar.
“I think we stopped being really aggressive. I think we were a little bit too passive,” said center Blair Betts. “The reason our penalty kill is so good is that when the puck is dumped in, we’re on it, we’re aggressive, we don’t give a team time to set up. Tonight we got back to that and it was a big confidence builder.”
Plus, there’s that Lundqvist kid. Keep an eye on him. He’s got a future in this league.
“It’s pretty tough to feel good when you’re letting in four goals,” said Lundqvist, who made 27 saves. “You have to try to look at the good things, but when you’re facing a lot of scoring chances, that’s when you start making bad decisions..(Tonight) I finally got some luck out there.”