Thursday, November 12, 2015

Rangers Nipping at Montreal's Heels after Win over Blues

The hottest team in hockey used to be the Montreal Canadiens, and they are still rolling with a 6-2-2 record in their last ten, but the New York Rangers are making statement after statement of late, and tonight's 6-3 win over Central Division powerhouse St. Louis was yet another reason for the rest of the NHL's Stanley Cup aspirants to take notice.

The Blueshirts won their seventh in a row and have now gone 9-0-1 in their last ten (they are unbeaten in their last 11) after Thursday night's effort.

It really doesn't come as a big surprise given how convincing the Rangers were in 2014-2015. They won the President's Trophy with a 53-22-7 record and made a trip to the Conference finals. This is a team that looks dead set on building upon what they've already accomplished in the last two season, and the pieces are in place to do so.

Tonight they were paced by Mats Zucarello's three points. The shifty winger casually inside-outed Blues' defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on the way to a highlight-reel beauty (see video above) and the Rangers would never trail despite seeing the pesky Blues pull within a goal after two.

The Blues (11-4-1), who had won three in a row, all on the road, including consecutive shutouts in Nashville and New Jersey.

Henrik Lundqvist improved to 9-2-2 and made 31 saves, including this version of highway robbery: