The New York Rangers show toughness and leadership in the victory over the devils

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 6: Chris Kreider # 20 of the New York Rangers and PK Subban # 76 of the New Jersey Devils fight in the third period during a preseason match at Madison Square Garden on October 6, 2021 in New York City. Rangers defeated Devils 6-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

The New York Rangers showed that head training and toughness head coach Gerard Gallant has been talking about in the garden last night. In their 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils, Chris Kreider stepped up for his injured teammate Ryan Reaves.

A line-up that reflected what Washington’s opening night might look like was rearranged just about 10 minutes inside. Newly acquired forward, Reaves was injured in the first period after being wrapped up in Devils defender PK Subban.

Reaves chased the puck to the left of the Devils goalkeeper as Subban stuck his left leg out and clipped Reaves with what looked like a brimstone foot. Reaves walked awkwardly with his left leg at an angle that certainly looked like a long-term injury.

Kreider takes exception to the damage

The pace of this game changed when the game was resumed from a TV timeout. Immediately, Chris Kreider began to have words with Subban. He and the rest of the Blueshirts had seen the hit on the scoreboard and felt it was a cheap shot.

From that point on, the Rangers won the match on the scoring sheet, but more importantly, they did not let Subban move on the ice without being hit. Each Ranger completed their control, and they were led by possibly the next Rangers captain, Kreider.

Every time Subban was not hit, spotted, cut or crushed by a man with a blue shirt, Kreider was in the face.

He led the defense of their fallen teammate and at the start of the second period took his anguish beyond Subban, who cost Kreider 12 minutes in the penalty box. Every fan in the garden and watching television with every teammate knew it was worth every second.

That situation launched a middle stanza of four goals en route to a 6-2 final.

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Rangers show more of their identity this season

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 6: Ryan Reaves # 75 of the New York Rangers (C) is accompanied by ice after an injury in the first period of Sammy Blais # 91 (L) and coaches Jim Ramsay during a preseason match at. Madison Square Garden on October 6, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

This game was not just about scoring, it was about showing the Devils and at the same time the NHL that the Rangers would no longer be considered an easy team to play against.

Kreider finally got their hands on Subban in the third period as they both received five minutes of fighting majors. When the night was over, Kreider had 17 total penalty minutes.

After the game, the news on Reaves was better than expected. He is listed as the daily with his status for the opening night unknown. Injuries never come at a good time, but this one had several silver linings.

Reaves seems to have avoided a major injury, and at the same time, Blueshirts found their identity. They found a way to win a hockey game while standing up for Reaves and themselves. The mentality around this club is changing for the better.

This tougher team may work quite well under Broadway’s strong light.

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