01:47 New York Chris Kreider (28) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (43) 0-1
02:25 Columbus Ryan Dzingel (26) ASST: Nick Foligno (17), David Savard (13) 1-1
14:27 Columbus Artemi Panarin (28) ASST: David Savard (14) 2-1
19:53 New York Pavel Buchnevich (21) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (44), Ryan Strome (16) 2-2
New York Missed – Kevin Shattenkirk –
Columbus Missed – Cam Atkinson –
New York Missed – Mika Zibanejad –
Columbus Goal – Artemi Panarin –
New York Missed – Tony DeAngelo –
- Tonight’s game was a pretty good representation of the Rangers season, where they worked hard, had a chance to win but ultimately lost.
- It had to feel nice for the players to see how the Garden exploded when they tied the game. It’s been a long season and a longer time since the deadline but, as David Quinn noted after the game, the crowd reaction showed the players how things can be when the team starts winning.
- What tonight also does is leave a nice memory of what Artemi Panarin could bring to the Rangers this summer. He was dynamic with the puck all game long and the goal he scored in the third was out of this world. He would instantly add a level of skill and production to the Rangers that they can only hope some of their prospects and young players can come close to. He wouldn’t solve the Rangers defensive issues by any means but would help lengthen the Rangers lineup, add to their depth and make them a much more formidable team to play against.
- In a general sense the Rangers picking up a point wasn’t great as it hurt their potential lottery standing but, as we have seen with Edmonton and Buffalo and other teams across the league, lottery picks don’t always equal success. Teams need talent and skill but they also need structure, mindset and a certain kind of culture. The Rangers are trying to build that culture right now and set a tone for the players already on the team. Goals from Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich, with assists from Mika Zibanejad, are helpful as that could be the top line moving forward. Had Vlad Namestnikov and Connor Brickley, two guys likely not to be around for the long-term, scored it may be different, but when guys that are part of the solution are scoring it’s a good thing and helps the rebuild, albeit differently, than another couple of ping-pong balls.