Rangers dethrone the Kings in Stanley Cup rematch, Dan Boyle finding his form
The Rangers (23-11-4) overcame a rough start, rallying with four straight goals to beat the Los Angeles Kings (19-13-9), earning their fourth straight win and their 12 win in their last 13 games. The win propels New York into third place in the Metropolitan Division, and gives them 50 points this season.
After an impressive 4-1 victory in Anaheim on Wednesday, the Rangers impressed again, compiling two wins in two nights against top notch Western Conference teams.
With Lundqvist getting the start against the Ducks, Cam Talbot was in net for New York. He overcame a shaky start, where he allowed two goal on the first five shots he faced. After that, he stopped 25 of the next 26 shots he saw, picking up his fourth win in the process.
Knowing that the Rangers were playing their second game in 24 hours, the Kings were looking to get off to a quick start, which is exactly what they did. Tanner Pearson opened up the scoring for the Kings off of a great feed from Jeff Carter. Justin Williams would tack on another goal just 1:37 second later, blasting a slap shot past Talbot glove side, giving the Kings a 2-0 lead at the 5:49 mark.
The Rangers would soon find their legs, getting their first quality chance on a 2-on-1, but Kreider was denied by Quick in front. This seemed to be a turning point for the Rangers, with the team playing considerably better afterwards.
Mike Richards was sent to the box for interference, and the Rangers got their first power play opportunity of the game, a unit which has been red hot for the Rangers lately.
The Blueshirts needed just five seconds, with Dan Boyle scoring his fourth goal of the season. Brassard and Nash worked the puck back to Boyle, who fired a slap shot that hit a defenders stick and got past Quick, cutting the Kings lead to one.
The Rangers now have a power play goal in six of their last seven games, and are 10-23 (43.5%) in that span.
Rick Nash’s assist gave him 40 points (25-15-40) this season, which is one more point than he had in the entire 2013-2014 season.
In the second period, the Rangers wasted no time getting to work, with Kevin Klein continuing his great season. Klein circled to the top of the key, and fired a wrist shot that beat Jonathan Quick through a screen on his eighth goal of the season.
The goal gave Klein a career high four game point streak. Klein is also the only defenseman in the league with at least eight goals, three game-winning goals, two overtime goals, and a plus-minus rating of +15 or better.
Just 19 seconds after Klein’s goal, the Rangers fourth line went to work, and Lee Stempniak found the back of the net for the first time since November 29th. Stempniak showed great patience, circling and shooting a well-placed wrist shot to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
\Later in the period, the Rangers would capitalize on another power play chance, with Martin St. Louis scoring his 13th goal of the season. Derick Brassard hit Dan Boyle with a perfect pass in front. Boyle’s initial shot was blocked, but he slid the puck over to a wide open St. Louis for a slam dunk goal, giving the Rangers four unanswered goals.
The Rangers could have scored on a few more chances, but Jonathan Quick would go on to make some sensational saves in the second and third period to keep the Kings within striking distance.
Los Angeles would make it close late in the third, after Justin Williams scored his second goal of the game with just 4:03 remaining in the game. But the Rangers would hold on to win, starting their road trip strong with two huge road wins.
After the game, Darryl Sutter said that the one thing that the Kings could not handle was the Rangers speed. A big part of Vigneault’s game, the Rangers were flying tonight, beating the Kings defensemen and forwards to generate quality chances.
After going through a transition period, Dan Boyle has found his form, and had another great game on Thursday against the Kings. Boyle had a goal and an assist, both on the power play, and played well defensively in the game. Boyle is tremendous moving the puck, and has really helped New York’s power play become a consistent threat.
Although he isn’t talked about a lot, Derick Brassard had another extremely strong game. Brassard had two power play assists, bringing his season point total to 33 (11-22-33) in just 36 games.
Derek Stepan had a great defensive game, shutting down players like Marian Gaborik and the members of “That 70s Line,” as well as making some great passes to find open guys. Stepan has been a huge help to the Rangers throughout this early season.
Jesper Fast, who has been playing on the Rangers third line, now has a personal 12 game win streak, meaning that the team has won the last 12 games where he was in the lineup.
The Rangers will have a day off before they face off against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, a game where Dan Boyle will make his return to San Jose, a place where he played for six season.
1) Dan Boyle – 1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG
2) Derick Brassard – 2 A, 2 HT
3) Kevin Klein – 1 G, 4 BS, 5 HT
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