The Rangers needed a game like this. After a lackluster effort on Tuesday and with a game against first-place Philadelphia on Monday, the Rangers needed to rebuild their confidence. They did so and more, destroying Pittsburgh 7-1 in a nationally televised game.
The Rangers got better as the game progressed. After the first period, the game was tied, but New York thoroughly dominated the second. Michal Rozival and Martin Rucinsky scored to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead in a period where they outshot Pittsburgh 16-2 and didn’t take a penalty.
That was just the start. In the third period, the Rangers added four more goals with Jagr netting two, Prucha getting his 25th and Strudwick adding one while getting 21 shots and once again not committing a penalty. For the game the Rangers amassed an amazing 51 shots and with the win closed to within three points of first place. Monday night should be fun to watch.