The New York Rangers have been one of the bigger disappointments this season. It looked like that trend was going to continue on Tuesday night when trailing the Golden Knights 4-2 going into the third period. However the Rangers stared to play a more sound game and rallied for four unanswered goals to skate away with a 6-4 victory. It was a big win for countless reasons. First, in heart of the awful terrorist attack that had happen earlier that day in Manhattan killing 8 and injury roughly a dozen others. Secondly, head coach Alain Vigneault was rumored to be be coaching his last game behind the bench if the Rangers were to finish the game with another loss. Additionally, star netminder Henrik Lundqvist stood on his head for the first two periods making big saves despite the score reflecting a 2 goal deficit.
This Rangers squad found the will to overcome the obstacles of that evening and to pull out a much needed win. Perhaps this game may be remembered as the turning point mark of the early season that is if the Rangers can find their first road win when taking on a very good Tampa Bay Lightning team. The Rangers (4-7-2) are looking not only for back to back wins but consistent play that can help them start to inch back up in the standings before it becomes too late. These are the same Rangers that had a 16/1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup going into the start of this season.
However one win won’t keep head coach AV off the hot seat just yet. This has been an under-performing team in a very big market. It’s hard to shy away from the expectations of being a year-in and year-out playoff contender as well as a top 5-10 Stanley Cup contender. That’s why if this Rangers team can build off Tuesday’s great comeback and put a good effort against the Lightning then there may just be more to this team this season then utter disappointment from a roster full of high-end talent. Only time will tell if the Rangers can turn this ship around for good and keep it that way.