By Sean Hartnett
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There aren’t sufficient superlatives to correctly characterize how properly the Rangers performed in November. Their 9-three document rescued them from a brutal begin that had many calling for head coach Alain Vigneault’s head.
One phrase you might use to summarize the Rangers as we speak is “resilient.” Tuesday’s close to-comeback from a 3-aim first-interval deficit towards the Florida Panthers was clear proof of this group’s collective mettle.
Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was chased earlier than the primary intermission after surrendering three objectives on six photographs. Lundqvist’s struggles had as a lot to do with fluky bounces because it did a uncommon off-night time from the 35-yr-previous Swedish stopper, who had just lately recaptured All-Star type.
The cruelness of dangerous bounces, the inopportune moments when the Rangers dealt with the puck like a grenade, and subpar goaltending all contributed to a recreation that would have spiraled uncontrolled.
Although the Rangers didn’t get the come-from-behind victory they desired, their aggressive spirit was on full show.
Chris Kreider did all he might to hold the workforce on his shoulders. Pavel Buchnevich performed like a person possessed and scared the dwelling daylights out of two Panthers who charged to struggle him, solely to scurry away like scaredy cats as soon as the 22-yr-previous started throwing punches like a wild man. David Desharnais summoned one in every of his greatest video games as a Ranger after being knowledgeable lower than two hours earlier than the sport that he would enter the lineup instead of injured middle Mika Zibanejad.
“We referred to as him up at I feel 5:25 or 5:30 to return in and play,” head coach Alain Vigneault stated. “He wasn’t scheduled to take warmup. He got here in, I assumed that line (Kreider-Desharnais-Buchnevich) performed nicely.
“It’s exhausting within the first interval,” the coach added. “They obtained some bounces they usually took a three-zero lead. Once more, we have been capable of battle again and tie it up, however you will have to have the ability to make these performs on the finish and we weren’t capable of get it finished tonight.”
Vigneault stated he’s know extra about Zibanejad’s higher-physique damage on Wednesday.
Resiliency is an important ingredient to any profitable components, however it will probably solely take a staff up to now. Whereas the Rangers handed the intestine-examine check on Tuesday, it wasn’t sufficient on the scoreboard or in…