I know you all are perfectly capable of picking out the pertinent stats from tonight’s 4-2 win over the Islanders on the Island, but I just can’t help myself.
The Rangers had the main offensive players scoring again—Nikolai Zherdev, Markus Naslund, Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. Two goals were on the power play. And the team hasn’t won back-to-back games since Jan. 27.
Those are positive signs of meaningful change in the John Tortorella era. Now the Rangers just need to be able to keep it up against teams with winning records.
Torts cited Avery in particular for playing well and keeping his cool.
“Sean kept his discipline,” Tortorella said. “I didn’t see his (cross checking) penalty at the end of the game, but I thought Sean did some good things. I thought he held onto the puck, I thought he created some things, and some offensive zone pressures.”
He said Nik Antropov and Derek Morris needed a little more practice. Antropov in particular said he was just going off instinct.
“But good teams win games when they’re not playing that well and I thought we did that tonight,” Tortorella said.
Still, some good signs here.
“This team is hitting its stride at the right time,” said Morris on his Rangers debut, starting the game next to former teammate Paul Mara.
Lastly, Dennis guessed the lines in the previos post. Nice job.
Dubinsky-Drury-Antropov; Naslund-Gomez-Zherdev, Avery-Korpikoski-Callahan, Sjostrom-Betts-Orr.
On defense Redden-Roszival and Staal-Girardi.
We’ll see if that holds up at practice tomorrow.