“Fast and simple.”
That’s what captain Ryan McDonagh had to say regarding his team’s identity after its’ sixth straight victory.
The phrase was later parroted by Rick Nash.
The Rangers aren’t doing anything spectacular during their win-streak. They’re just keeping everything simple and doing it right.
Today’s victory kept the Rangers’ perfect in the month of November (5-0-0).
Once again, the story was scripted by Henrik Lundqvist, who saved 27 of 29 Oilers’ shots. And while “The King,” presided over his throne, his veteran knight Rick Nash led the offense.
The two goals he scored allowed Nash to extend his points streak to six straight against Edmonton.
The other story of the day was the absence of “Batman and Robin.” The Oilers’ dynamic duo was unable to get much going, held to a single power-play goal through 60 minutes.
With the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder held in check, the Rangers own dynamic duo of Nash and Mats Zuccarello registered four points.
With the offense clicking and the defense holding firm, “The King” was nary in danger. And that’s a winning formula.
BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS
GOING STREAKING: Six straight wins. Five straight at home. Points in 10 of their last 12. And four straight against Edmonton. That’s a lot of winning. No wonder the Boys in Blue look so happy. Their six-game streak is the longest in the NHL this season.
PAPA JOHN’S: Whichever Papa John’s employee decided it would be a good idea to give a discount when the Blueshirts score three or more goals is either a genius, or in a world of trouble. That’s now 10 times in their last 12 games that the Rangers have turned the trick.
POWER PLAY ALL DAY: Another multi-goal power-play performance as the 7th Avenue Skaters have registered at least one in three of the last four games. They also have a power-play goal in five of their last seven, and 10 of 18. Looks like the signing of Kevin Shattenkirk to be the power-play QB is going well.
NO LOSE NOVEMBER: The Blueshirts are now 5-0-0 in the 11th month of the calendar. They also lead the NHL in November wins since the start of the 2005-06 season with 98.
EMPTY NET SPECIALIST: No matter what, Michael Grabner should always be on the ice when the opposition pulls its’ goalie. That’s four empty-netters this season. That’s 50% of his goal output.
WHAT THEY SAID: Henrik Lundqvist is loving the offensive support of his teammates. But that doesn’t mean he’s getting complacent. “We’re still not in a great spot, “ said the King. “We needed this to get back in the race, but we’re still not where we need to be.” Ever the competitive spirit, the message is simple: “we haven’t won anything yet.”
The Rangers face Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks Wednesday (Nov. 15) at the United Center in Chicago. Game time is 8:00 p.m. ET and the broadcast is on NBCSN.
Everything seems to be clicking during this winning streak. And the Blueshirts know they have a ways to go before they’re out of the woods.
In an extremely competitive division, an untimely losing streak could spell disaster. The Rangers hope their losing streak is in the past and there’s nothing but good fortune ahead.