It’s getting awfully crowded among the powerhouses in the Metropolitan Division.
The New York Rangers easily handled the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, winning 4-1 at The Joe and moving them to the 90-point mark. They are one of four teams in that division to accomplish that, even with plenty of time remaining in the regular season schedule.
It’s now setting up a situation where the top-four teams in that division could be separated by just five points by the time the weekend is over. It depends on the outcome of the Washington Capitals-Anaheim Ducks game this evening, as Alex Ovechkin and company look to bust their losing skid.
“I don’t try to be Hank, I just try to be myself,” Raanta told the New York Post. “I know that every time when I play, it’s always a big thing for me to show what I can do. That’s what I try to do right now.”
Derek Stepan put it away late in the third period, making it 4-1. In the process, he snapped a 23-game scoring drought.