Rangers score four straight and defeat St. Louis 4-2

1st Period
14:35 St. Louis Vladimir Tarasenko (30) ASST: Brayden Schenn (34), Ryan O’Reilly (45) 1-0
15:02 St. Louis David Perron (21) ASST: Jaden Schwartz (25) 2-0
2nd Period
02:22 New York Ryan Strome (17) 2-1
03:42 New York Pavel Buchnevich (19) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (41) 2-2
3rd Period
05:47 New York Jimmy Vesey (17) ASST: Brett Howden (15), Vinni Lettieri (1) 2-3
19:52 New York EN – Chris Kreider (27) ASST: Pavel Buchnevich (17), Neal Pionk (18) 2-4

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3 Stars:

  • 3: Mika Zibanejad
  • 2: Pavel Buchnevich
  • 1: Alex Georgiev

Jimmy Vesey said of his goal, “I think it was big mentally. I’ve been in a little bit of a drought and at the end of the year you want to end on a high note and that goes individually and as a team. Everything feels better when you are winning and the mood is light and everyone is having fun.” (MSG)

Adam Rotter:

  • There has been moments over the last couple of years where Mika Zibanejad between Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich has looked like a potential top line and with the way Buchnevich has been playing lately, that may actually become a reality. Buchnevich has taken tremendous steps over the last month or two and if he has really turned the corner than that trio could be leading the Rangers for the next few years.
  • Jimmy Vesey has had some very high highs this season and some very low lows. He showed well right around the deadline and looked like he, and not Buchnevich, was on the verge of turning a corner but 20 shots and 0 points in the next 13 games, while getting over 16 minutes per night, is not going to cut it. He is signed through next year so the Rangers can bring him to camp and hope he finds his consistency but if he doesn’t then he will likely be moved like Ryan Spooner was for Ryan Strome.
  • With Strome, he’s averaging about half a point per game and definitely looks like someone who could be in a top-six role next season.