This was obviously a huge win for the Rangers, not just because it gives them confidence the confidence that comes with beating the Islanders in two straight road games after getting blown out in the first three, but because for the first time all season the Rangers were able to keep the Islanders off the scoreboard.
That’s in no small part to the spectacular play of Cam Talbot, who turned aside 29 Islander shots including some big stops on odd man rushes and breakaways when the game was still tied. Don’t look now but Killa Cam is really settling in. Yes there were some rocky wins where he was giving up four or five goals a game when he first entered the line up but he has absolutely settled down and shut the door recently. The kid is literally a very soft Islanders goal and a goal against the Red Wings that looks a lot like it was kicked in and should have been waved off from posting three straight shutouts against the Red Wings, Blackhawks, and Islanders. (If that goal against the Red Wings gets waived off the game doesn’t go into overtime where he gave up that second goal).
11-2-3 since he took over. That’s 25 of 32 points since he took over the King. That’s far more then anyone could have asked at him, and if he’s going to keep playing like this, who even cares when Lundqvist returns from *injury?
The Rangers are now 30-6-3 in their last 39 games, which is even more astonishing considering they’ve played a lot of those games with Tanner Glass in the lineup. Nevertheless that’s called playing your best hockey down the stretch and the Rangers are playing scary good right now. One of the biggest reasons the Rangers have been playing so well has been because of the stellar play of rookie Kevin Hayes who scored an absolute mans goal tonight to tie the game.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 11, 2015
Right now the Rangers are playing like a team no one will want to face in the playoffs.
*In all seriousness can we get an update on Henrik Lundqvist? They said he’d be out for six weeks when he went down in late January and we’re kinda approaching that six week mark and the Rangers still aren’t giving any updates as to when he’ll return? I don’t want to press the panic button on this case but I’m kinda really close to pressing the panic button. This team is clearly good enough to win a cup but they need Hank and if he doesn’t come back soon it would be the worst way to ruin this season.