Things weren’t looking up for the Rangers through the first two periods of Saturday afternoon’s affair against the Ottawa Senators.
The Blueshirts were being blanked 1-0 nothing, and it certainly didn’t help matters when Josh Norris doubled the Senators’ lead just 64 seconds into the third period.
But the Rangers showed their resiliency, scoring three times in the final five-and-a-half minutes to come away with a 3-2 win, their fourth straight.
“We didn’t do a whole lot in the first two periods, but we kept it close,” said head coach Gerard Gallant. “We didn’t play poor hockey, but we didn’t play to the elite level we had to play it. Kept it close, and sometimes that’s what happens when you keep a game close.
“I wasn’t disappointed with the way we played in the first two periods. It wasn’t our best, but again, we were in the game and Ottawa played really well.”
After Chris Kreider got the Rangers on the board, Ryan Lindgren tied the game with 4:08 on the clock thanks to a great feed from Adam Fox.
Finally, it was Barclay Goodrow who notched the game-winner, deflecting a shot from Sammy Blais to give the Rangers their first lead of the game with just over two minutes to go.
“I think after the second period, we knew that we weren’t playing our best. We knew that we’d have to string tougher a good 20 to even have a chance to tie it up or come up with the win,” said Goodrow. “I felt like we really put our work boots on in the third period, especially in the last 10 minutes. I felt like we were on pucks, we were on the forecheck, we were forcing turnovers, and eventually leading to penalties getting drawn or goals. I felt like the third was obviously our best period, and it was a pretty gritty road win.”
“We’re starting to show we have that never give up mentality,” Barclay later added. “… It's nice to know we've got a lot of character in the room that's not going to give up.”