Ryan Callahan, Nikolai Zherdev, Petr Prucha, Scott Gomez, Chris Drury and Markus Naslund all scored tonight as the Rangers new aggresive style of play finally broke the dam.
Between that and the five minutes of non-stop fighting, the fans at Madison Square Garden gave the team a standing ovation at the end of the game.
Here is audio of coach John Tortorella.
A cut on Sjostrom forehead was reopened during a scrum 15:43 into the third period, when he and Cody McCormick went at it after contact heading toward the Ranger’s goal. The left wing had just gotten the stitches out. Remember? The medical glue? Back to Frankenstein I bet.
Drury hadn’t scored in 18-game scoring drought.
Gomez had a goal and two assists.
“It felt like we’ve been waiting for this game,” said goalie Henrik Lundqvist. “The last couple of games we improved the way we are playing. The feeling in here has been a lot better. I think the guys are having more fun the way we play right now.”
That was the most effusive comment I got. Everyone else — Gomez in particular — tried to play it cool. Kind of, act like you’ve won a game before. Same with the fighting.
And a heartwarming tale. Young Avery Zaretsky, 11, wearing a No. 30 jersey, ended up with the stick Lundqvist threw into the stands after the win.
“Finally, my dream of catching a stick,” Zaretsky said.
That’s the moment some guy came up behind me and asked why they always have to throw the good stuff to the kids.
I said it was probably because he’d sell it on eBay.
The Rangers don’t play again until Thursday night at the Islanders.