Rangers score seven goals in win over the Sharks; Vesey scores the game winner
The Rangers continued to showcase their new offensive style and forwards, getting scoring from throughout the lineup in a 7-4 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Two of the goals came on empty netters, but the Rangers put five goals past Martin Jones, who had only allowed three goals in the last two games. I’m not quite sure what Alain Vigneault has done, but this forward group is meshing so well together. The breakouts are improved, the depth is tremendous and the power play looks fantastic.
Here are my thoughts and observations from the game;
- The Rangers seven goals gave them 14 to start the season. The 14 goals in three games to start the season are the most since 1992.
- The Rangers also had seven different goal scorers in tonight’s game (Staal, Nash, Kreider, Hayes, Vesey, Zuccarello, Grabner). This is the first time they’ve done this since 01/19/2010 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That game, there were no empty net goals scored.
- Ten different Rangers have at least one goal so far this season (Kreider, Grabner, Zibanejad, Miller, Pirri, Zuccarello, Nash, Staal, Hayes and Vesey).
- From the start of the game, it was the KZ-not Buchnevich line getting things going. Kreider and Zibanejad have been the team’s best offensive players without a doubt. Tonight Rick Nash was on that line with Buchnevich out with back spasms. No surprise, he played great next to Kreider and Zibby.
- The first goal was scored by Marc Staal, who actually had a pretty darn good game. It started with Vesey behind the net working hard to keep possession and get the puck to his teammates. He didn’t get an assist but this was largely due to his play. Great pass from Stepan, great shot from Staal.
- Logan Couture wound up scoring late in the period on a 5-on-3 power play, but it was BS. Brent Burns basically held Nash down and cross checked him until the Sharks had the puck, rushed down the ice and scored on a cross-crease pass. Not sure how nothing was called, but it seemed like a big momentum killer at the time.
- After Zibanejad was robbed by Jones, with that line getting even more chances, it was Rick Nash who broke through. McDonagh shot wide looking for a tip and avoiding blocks, and the pucked bounced perfectly off of the boards for Nash to quickly stuff in. It was his first goal of the season after three good games to start the season. Chris Kreider got an assist as well.
- About six minutes later, the Rangers scored on the power play. And it was Kreider, again, with an absolutely mind blowing sharp angle shot after a rush down the ice. I have no idea how he scored this, but it was perfectly placed. Kreider has been a monster this year, with a goal in each game so far. He looks like a different player, and playing with Zibanejad is doing wonders for the two of them.
- This was his third straight game with a goal and an assist, making Kreider the first Ranger to do so since Sergei Zubov on 4/24/1995.
- He also became the first Ranger to start the season with three multi-point games since Bernie Nicholls in 1990.
- In the third period, Brent Burns scored a beautiful wrist shot off of a Joe Pavelski feed.
- The Rangers did an excellent job answering quickly, and it was Kevin Hayes scoring his second goal of the season. Jesper Fast, bumped up to the third line, made a fantastic assist to Hayes crashing the net and he easily tapped it in. Miller had the other assist.
- Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti were talking about how Hayes came to camp 21 pounds lighter and has looked a lot faster and more agile. Hayes getting leaner, stronger and quicker can only be good. He’s looked effective so far this season, and will be playing with a lot more talent on his line this season. That should translate into an increase in production in his third season.
- Just 21 seconds after Hayes scored, Jimmy Vesey scored his first career NHL goal. Zuccarello was great on the backcheck, stealing the puck and getting it over to Stepan. He sent the puck across the crease to Vesey for the tap in.
- Vesey couldn’t buy a goal in the first two games despite coming extremely close on a few occasions. I love his play so far. He’s surprised me with his grittiness, willing to battle along the boards and create space with his big frame. Vesey has the makings of something special, and it was really great to see him rewarded with a goal.
- That goal wound up being the game winner as the Rangers almost blew it. Burns scored again for the third goal of the game, another amazing wrist shot from 30 feet out. Then Pavelski scored on a tip-in off of a Burns shot to cut the lead to one.
- The Rangers would wind up sealing the win with empty netters from Mats Zuccarello and Michael Grabner.
- This Rangers team may legitimately be good. The amount of offensive weapons Alain Vigneault has throughout his lineup is incredible, and the team scored seven goals without Buchnevich in the lineup. If they fix up the defense a bit, they could be a tough team to beat.
- Not to toot my own horn or anything, but in my preview for this game the four players that I said to watch scored a goal, and I predicted that Vesey would score his first goal. Pretty cool. My previews are normally pretty informative so check them out.
- Check out @StatBoy_Steven on Twitter. He’s the one who found all of these cool stats and factoids. Very good researcher and a great account.
- The Rangers will play Detroit at MSG on Wednesday Night.
- Chris Kreider – 1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG, 19:12 TOT
- Ryan McDonagh – 2 A, +1, 3 SOG, 26:10 TOT
- Jimmy Vesey – 1 G (GW), +2, 9:58 TOT
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