No matter what, this rivalry never gets old. And with an influx of new talent, it will continue to evolve.
And with 17:47 gone in the first period, Ryan got the Seventh Avenue Skaters on the board.
The play started when Chytil skillfully carried the puck through the neutral; feeding Vesey with a perfect tape-to-tape pass.
Then Vesey continued the sequence by sending a beautiful pass towards Keith Kinkaid’s net.
Spooner was streaking down the middle of the ice and stuck his stick out to artfully redirect the puck past Kinkaid; bringing New York within 3-1.
Alain Vigneault holds his post-game press conference with the media after the Rangers' 5-2 loss to the Devils in New Jersey.
BREAKDOWN OF SPOONER’S PERFORMANCE
1) CARRYING THE LOAD
Spooner saw 7:14 of ice time in the opening period; second amongst all forwards on the team. And his 17:44 of total ice time was fourth amongst all forwards on the team. Therefore, it’s no coincidence he was in the right place at the right time when he redirected Vesey’s pass for the team’s first goal. After all, you have to be on the ice to score goals.
2) POINTS MACHINE
Since being acquired from Boston on February 25, Ryan is tied for the team lead in assists (12) and points (16). It looks like Rockin’ Ryan had no issue adapting to the Rangers system.
3) SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!
Spooner registered three shots on goal; tying Kevin Hayes and Brady Skjei for the team lead. On a night when the Blueshirts were held to just 24 shots, every single one matters. And it was Ryan’s ability to put the puck on net that helped generate the Rangers scoring chances.
I can’t believe it’s going to be at least another six months before these teams face each other again. That’s far too long.
Even with the lopsided score, the crowd was electric throughout the game.