The Rangers offense, despite a five-goal outburst in Game 7, did not perform too well in the series. They scored 16 goals in all, but five of those were in one game. Through the first six games, they scored just 11 times, including being shutout in Game 2.
Rick Nash did not score a goal. Brad Richards scored just once, as did Ryan Callahan. Instead, the Rangers got their big contributions from their role players. In Game 7, Arron Asham, Taylor Pyatt and Mats Zuccarello all had goals. Asham had two in the series, and Brian Boyle added two as well.
The biggest star, however, was Derick Brassard.
Playing in his first playoff series, Brassard was dominant, scoring two goals and adding seven assists. He ended the series on a five-game point streak and made many spectacular passes. He also had the game-winning goal in Game 6.
Still, it wasn't a great performance on offense for the Rangers. The stars were held mostly in check, and there were some games where Rick Nash looked invisible. Brad Richards spent the last two games on the fourth line and did not make any impact at all in the series.
If anything, he looked like a shell of his normal self.
If the Rangers are going to advance past the Bruins, then Nash needs to pick his game up. The power play, which will be discussed in a later slide, was abysmal and needs a major overhaul.
However, the five-goal performance is very encouraging. The Rangers controlled the puck for most of the game, and they turned an active forecheck into offense. They were blocking shots and bringing the puck up the ice with authority, and all four lines scored.
If this is a sign of things to come, then the Bruins should watch out. However, given their history and given their lack of scoring throughout the series, then this should only be taken as an aberration, for now.
All that said, the Rangers deserve a "B-" grade. They showed some life, and scored enough goals to win a series, but they were not consistent enough to earn a higher grade.