It was not pretty, as Michael Del Zotto attested after he scored one goal and set up another in the Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. But, as he added, the Rangers found a way to win.
Finding a way to win was something the Rangers "did a great job of last year," Del Zotto said. True. It was also true that this one was not pretty.
The Rangers barely escaped with the win and lost their captain, Ryan Callahan, with an undisclosed injury to his left arm or shoulder. They also took "way too many penalties," as Coach John Tortorella put it, giving up six power plays but killing five.
Tortorella seemed more concerned with the excessive penalties than with how the Rangers killed them off. "I focus on the dumbness of Hagelin," Tortorella said, adding that while he played a great game, it was "washed out by dumbness."
After Losing Their Captain, the Rangers Hold On for a Victory
New York Times | Jan 30