It’s all about keeping it simple and that’s why the Rangers took the early 1-0 lead.
Rangers Take 1-0 Early Lead
Faceoff win in Tampa’s zone with all 5 Rangers were involved. Rick Nash fights off a Lightning player and chips the puck to Boyle at the point, and as I always preach, just chip the puck on net or down low, don’t always look for that perfect shooting lane. Two Rangers collapsed to the net, that’s when Miller dished the puck across the slot to a wide open Brassard. Goal.
Tampa pressured back with some decent scoring chances. Tampa’s trying to whip the puck around back of the net up to the defensmen, then back down low to Callahan behind the net, quick dish to Lundqvist, 2nd lightning player digging away.
The Lighting have activated the defensemen all period. Tampa had three players at the blue line cycling, while Coburn started to sneak down low on the right side wide open, sniffing out a rebound. Hedman has also been pinching high slot while Tampa cycles high left side looking for Hedman to sneak in and take a back hand one time feed. The shot was clear as day, but too easy for Lundqvist. Will be interesting to see if the Bolts can repeat this system, only this time with traffic in front of Lundqvist
Tampa Gets First Power Play
New York’s stacking he blue line forcing Tampa to dump the puck deep for Lundqvist to steer it around the boards, which also leads to short-handed attempts. Tyler Johnson managed to get the puck in deep at one point, which lead to a goal line feed to Stamkos who was shutdown by Lundqvist while being down and out. Stamkos needed to lift the puck, especially with that nasty curve he has on the blade of his stick.
Rangers Now Lead 2-0
Shortly after Tampa’s power play attempt, the Rangers cycled high right side, Brassard peels back with his head up all the way, passes the puck to Yandle at the blue line. Much like Boyle early in the game, Yandle simply shot the puck on net, and found its way into the back of the net, through traffic in front of Bishop.
Callahan Comes Through 2-1
While on the penalty kill, the Rangers lose track of Callahan as he is standing on the blue line all alone. Strallman dished the puck through the neutral zone giving Callahan a breakaway. Scores on the back hand. I called out Callahan as being the standout start in my pregame report. He did not disappoint, good American boy!
Both teams were both methodic and sloppy in the first period. This game seems to be playing out to whoever gets the last greasy goal off of a turnover, will win.
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