In what started off as a fast paced game for the Columbus Blue Jackets , scoring two goals within the first ten minutes in the first period. Quickly turned around as the NY Rangers finally decided to show up and make a stand, scoring seven unanswered goals.
What was so impressive was that all seven goal were beauties. Sean Avery has definitely been playing better in the last three games for the Rangers, and last night it paid off for him as he scored two great goals. Not only did Avery knock in his gaols but he was very physical on the ice. He has not been the same antagonizing Avery that will all grown to love or hate. This has been a more focused Sean Avery as is over all hockey play looks fantastic.
I have always felt that Sean can be a scoring threat if he would stay out of the penalty box and focus on his play. As of late it appears he has been doing just that. His passes have been sharp, he has been in the right spots on a consistent basis and has been an offensive threat as of late. Every chance he gets he shoots the puck, and his aggressive play has been applied wisely, not taking foolish penalties.
The Rangers finally showed up to fight, as Aaron Voros battled Jared Boll with was a long time coming for this Rangers team. Voros also played a smart game by not taking any bad penalties and played very physical as always. Later it was Donald Brashear against Boll again. This has been missing in this Rangers line up. The physical play, the aggressiveness for the puck, as well as sticking up for their goalie and each other. I liked the way they played last night, they only penalty they took other then the fighting majors was a high sticking penalty. They stayed out of the box and it paidoff. Now we can just hope they will continue to play this way in up coming games and get some wins.
How ever not everything is ok just because the Rangers came away with a seven goal win. The Blue Jackets scored four goals. Two out of the four was because the Rangers defense was out of position and there was no support in front of Lundqvist. Again it is game after game this problem has not been aggressed and taken care of. The defense is still struggling big time in their own zone.
The Rangers con not continue to count on Gaborik to score two goals a game and as a whole score seven goals. Lets be real, it just will not happen. I firmly believe the Rangers have the talent to score seven goals every game they play. But it does not work that way. This Ranger team really needs to fix their defensive issues to be any threat later on in the season.
Michael Del Zotto scored a beautiful goal at the end of the first period. And Matt Gilroy scored an even more exciting goal in the second on a break away. Can anyone say enough about these two awesome young players. They both have stepped up since the season opener and they have been getting better and better with every game they play.
Artem Anisimov played very well again and scored a goal. What I have noticed about Artem is that he does a little of everything. He is very aware of where all his team mates are and when he sees Zotto or Gilroy moving into the offensive zone he falls back to cover the defense. He is a threat weather he is in front of the net , on a break away, or in the slot. Although his goal was a result of him deflecting a shot from Wade Redden from the point, Artem Anisimov will become a serious scoring threat for this team.
Overall the Rangers played well and for a change coach Tortorella actually kept his lines in tact throughout this game. It definitely paid off as the Rangers went on to come back to win this game 7-2 ! It was a very impressive win!