- No Scoring
- 09:53 Carolina Jordan Martinook (13) ASST: Dougie Hamilton (14), Andrei Svechnikov (14) 0-1
- 10:40 New York Connor Brickley (1) ASST: Filip Chytil (10), Tony DeAngelo (15) 1-1
- 06:10 New York Vladislav Namestnikov (7) ASST: Jimmy Vesey (15), Pavel Buchnevich (11) 2-1
Neal Pionk was held out for precautionary reasons and Freddy Claesson was a healthy scratch. (NYR)
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 20, 2019
Henrik Lundqvist said that it was a “fun game to win” and that he was happy that some of the changes he made worked out. (MSG)
“Hank was certainly the difference for us tonight.” – David Quinn on MSG
- Wins are wins but a game like this brings about many conflicting thoughts. To me, the best kind of game the Rangers can play this season features strong goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, good structure/defense and production from players that will be part of the future. 2 out of 3 works can work but it’s when it’s 1 out of 3 and that 1 is because Henrik Lundqvist stole the game, it’s a little different.
- A game like this, where Henrik is the main reason for the two points, sort of feels like an empty win and one that could end up hurting their draft position. The counter to that is that each and every win plays a part in the Rangers developing a culture of winning and reinforces to everyone else that they need to follow Henrik Lundqvist’s work ethic and prep. Developing that culture is also a big part of what the Rangers are trying to do and you can only develop a culture of winning by…winning.
- In any event, the Rangers were not great in this game, especially in the first two periods, but won.
- The Rangers are off tomorrow so the next time they are on the ice will be Thursday for the morning skate and we should find out then who will play and who won’t as a precaution for trades. I think we will see Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello play, possibly for the last time as Rangers at MSG, but I’m not sure Adam McQuaid will.