Things started horribly for the New York Rangers this year, before this five-game win streak the Rangers were 3-7-2, struggling to score goals and be consistent. Well over the last five games, the Rangers have scored 22 goals and allowed 14 goals. With the help of Tuesday nights win the Rangers are flying high.
The Rangers opened the scoring 9:53 into the first which came from Pavel Buchnevich walking Zdeno Chara and tucking it over Tuukka Rask’s shoulder. Just 61 seconds later the Bruins David Pasternak scored off a redirected shot off the boards. And 4 minutes 20 seconds later Jimmy Vesey would score to regain the lead, then quickly add another one in just 29 seconds. Vesey had two goals on the night that came within a 30-second span of each other, and which would eventually seal the deal for New York. Vesey’s two goals were the fastest two goals that have been scored by one Ranger player since Jaromir Jagr in 2006. Vesey, who had two goals coming into the night, bringing him to four on the year.
Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins early in the third period off an assist from Pasternak and Torey Krug. Rick Nash scored the fourth and final goal on an empty-netter. The Rangers went with the same lineup again tonight with Boo Nieves and Brendan Smith being the healthy scratches. Look for that to be the case until this winning streak comes to an end.
All things are pointing up for the Rangers right now. Henrik Lundqvist has been good but not great. At the same point, he hasn’t needed to be great because the team is finding other ways to win, i.e. scoring. Buchnevich is finally getting his opportunity to play and he is taking full advantage of it. They are finally getting bounces and the puck is going in for them, which wasn’t the case in the beginning of the season. Their season is off life support and they are chugging along. In my opinion, it shows what some confidence can do both positively and negatively. Everything was going wrong at the beginning and the team was sputtering. Now everything is going right and they are succeeding. Let’s see how long they can take this. The streak has put them right back into the things and away from the basement of the league.
The Rangers will look to make it six in a row when they host former Ranger goaltender Cam Talbot, Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers Saturday afternoon. The Bruins will head north of the border to take on Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the Air Canada Center.