Pre Game Preview
Tonight’s game against the Capitals will be a big tilt, to say the least. Going into tonight’s game emotions will be very high for a young Rangers team and for most of them the most intense game of their young career’s. Washington’s Tom Wilson (a player known for being dirty league-wide) body-slammed Artemi Panarin. That play ended up taking him out for the rest of the season. Wilson also punched a defenseless Pavel Buchnevich, starting the whole drama. Rangers management got shaken up today as well when GM Jeff Gorton and President John Davidson got fired. Rangers former player and captain Chris Drury will serve as acting GM and President.
0-0 end of the first. 100 Penalty minutes! The first period was a good one with 3 fights 1 second in. Rangers fans have not seen players that bully other players for most of the season since the trading of Brendan Lemuex. Sean Avery, Tanner Glass, and Brandon Prust, are some guys you would’ve liked to have seen tonight but, the Rangers had everyone step up to the plate making for a very entertaining first.
3-0 Capitals end of the second. The Rangers spent the first 10 minutes still looking out for revenge while the caps chose to play to win. T.J. Oshie scored two for the caps one day after the passing of his father “Coach” Oshie. John Carlson scored from the point to make it 3-0. The Rangers last 10 minutes was good Rangers hockey!
4-2 Capitals final. Filip Chytil scored early to cut the lead to 3-1 for the Rangers. The Rangers came out the gate playing smart hockey, not a boxing match with hockey. T.J. Oshie netted his 3rd goal completing the hattrick. Morgan Barron scored his first making it a 4-2 game.
The Rangers, came out playing tough old-time hockey. They were out for blood and that is what they got due to a cross-checking by Pavel Buchnevich. Tom Wilson left after the first due to an upper-body injury and that was probably for the best because most likely more fights would have happened. In this game emotions were high, management firings, and what happened last game is a lot especially for these young players.
The Rangers will head into Boston, to play the Bruins in back-to-back games. They will be tough games to win and the Rangers will need to decide if winning the two games or getting better chances at a high pick will be best for their franchise.