The New York Rangers pick up a thrilling 2-1 win Thursday night as they beat one of the best team in the NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning. Chris Kreider got the scoring started for the Rangers when he buried a goal off a feed from Mika Zibanejad in the first period. Yanni Gourde scored the Tampa goal shorthanded on a nifty shot blocker side that trickled through Lundqvist. The game would stay deadlocked until overtime when J.T. Miller’s lone effort would eventually seal the Rangers win. Miller picked the puck up behind his own blue line and went end to end, cutting through the defenseman in front of the crease beating Andrei Vasilevskiy’s over the shoulder. The play was not only sensational in itself but it gave the Ranger’s a huge win that they deserved after they played a tremendous game.
The Rangers shut a lot of people on Thursday night after taking down the 10-2-1 Lightning. They played a more sound defensive game throughout the night, keeping Lightning forwards to the outside and shutting down the top guns in the NHL, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, who were held to only eight shots total. Also during the third period after the mishap in front of the Rangers bench, Alex Kllorn, Kevin Hayes, and Stamkos were fined $5K by the NHL for unsportsmanlike conduct. In this gathering, Hayes squirted Killorn with water from the bench, in which Killorn swung his stick, from there it was a gun blazing.
With the win last night and the Vegas win, Thursday night reminded a lot of people of the old Ranger team with their tendencies and the way they played. Sound defensive hockey, which was something we had not seen in a really long time. The Rangers play their final game of the Florida road trip Saturday in Sunrise vs the Florida Panthers. The Lightning host Columbus Saturday night at Amalie Arena.