Monday, August 8, 2022

Rangers Tend Up Before Game With Red Wings

Rangers Tend Up Before Game With Red Wings

The New York Rangers are up to second place in the Metropolitan division thanks to their latest hot series. They will try to keep that trend going when they head to Detroit on Wednesday to face the struggling Red Wings.

The Rangers overtook the Penguins on the points ladder on Tuesday with a 3-2 victory in Pittsburgh. The result was New York’s third consecutive victory and seventh in the last nine games.

New York also recorded a 5-1 home win over the Penguins on Friday, but the rematch was much more dramatic.

Chris Kreider scored a power goal early in the third period to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead. Penguins star Sidney Crosby scored in a power play halfway through the third, but the Rangers then resisted Pittsburgh’s efforts to score.

“You look at the points ladder and you know you’re one point behind them with a game in hand. You know it’s a big game coming in here,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said after the game. “Just because we beat them pretty well in our building three or four days ago, we knew we were going to be challenged tonight – and we played a very good hockey game.”

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New York goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin made 22 saves on Monday and received a lot of assistance from the back line.

“I thought tonight was the best we had to move the shooter out of the defensive zone all year,” Gallant said. “Our defense made quick matches on the ice.”

After the Red Wings hovered around the 0.500 mark for a good portion of the season in terms of points earned, the Red Wings jumped on the nose this month. Since an overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on March 1, Detroit has won 2-8-2.

The latest defeat was the Red Wings’ ugliest of the season. Detroit conceded nine goals in the last two periods of an 11-2 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

“It’s not acceptable,” said Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin. “We really can not play like that or show up like this for the rest of the season. It’s going to get worse, and we’ll be ashamed every night.

“We have a few days to figure it out. We can not show up like that and not be willing to have the will to compete and fight back. The emotion was not there, and our level of competition was not there. not.”

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Detroit, which carries a three-game losing streak in Wednesday’s game, did not allow an equal goal in a 2-1 overtime loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Overall, the Red Wings were poorly defensive, especially in the second half of the season. They allow a league-worst 3.8 goals per game. They conceded seven or more goals on nine occasions.

“We’re all in this together – coaches, training staff and players. We’re all in this together,” Larkin said. “We have a lot of young guys who have not been in this position before and we do not want those young players to be in that position again.

“The focus was on what we’re going to do to get better, so it does not happen. Something has to give, and it starts with the players – and that’s my message.”

Detroit won a 3-2 victory over the Rangers in New York on February 17th. Pius Suter had the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout.

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