Panarin nets two in Rangers 3-1 win over Isles

10:02PM: David Quinn spoke after the game and said (NYR Game Notes):

  • On the strides defensively, “I didn’t think we gave up as many of the rush chances that we did in the first three games. Our puck management was much better, I thought our PK was really good tonight. We made strides in areas we will have to be good in. For a lot of our guys it was their second game, for us, we are still finding our way and having a full lineup and working our way towards the regular season and this was a good step in the right direction.”
  • On the top line, “they had a good night for sure. The goal was a highlight reel goal and they were buzzing pretty good. Certainly some areas they can get better at and I think that sometimes when you put three skilled players together like that it can become a Harlem Globetrotter hour, but we will have to be more aware that we will have to get inside a little more and have some more net-front presence and that it doesn’t have to be a beauty contest. We will work towards that.”
  • On Marc Staal being a leader, “Staalsie has an awful lot of respect in that locker room, he’s had a lot of success at this level. We don’t have a lot of people like him on our roster for so for a player like Adam, or any young player on our roster, it’s nice and comforting to have a defenseman of Marc’s stature and experience as your partner.”
  • Why did you have the top line out there at the end, “my plan was not to have them out there that long. They got hemmed in is what happens. Panarin is a left wing so that is a long change and he actually got hemmed in longer, but it worked out.”
  • On Brendan Lemieux, “pretty good. When you come in and start the preseason this late into it you might be a little behind but I thought he got better as the game went on and I’ll have a clearer picture after I watch the film.”
  • On Kravtsov, “He played pretty well, I thought he did a pretty good job. Nice to see him get a goal but one of the things I thought he did a better job in, and overall our entire group of wingers need to do a better job of, on the walls. We are young on the walls so that is an area we will have to continue to harp on in practice and video sessions.”

9:30PM: First Period:

Second Period:





  • Vitali Kravtsov (1) ASST: Brady Skjei (1), Jacob Trouba (2)

  • Artemi Panarin (2) ASST: Pavel Buchnevich (2), Brady Skjei (2)

Third Period:

  • Jordan Eberle (4) ASST: Mathew Barzal (5)
  • EN – Artemi Panarin (3) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (1)


Three Stars:

  • 3: Vitali Kravtsov
  • 2: Henrik Lundqvist
  • 1: Artemi Panarin

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with John Giannone after the game and said:

  • On his game, “I was just looking for more feedback, we talked about feedback after the last start, also more structure. We are getting closer to final lineup and there is a lot of things to like about this game and the way the guys played. Looking at Buch, he’s looking dangerous, I like him on the first line. Panarin, obviously, really good. Trouba, Fox, they are all taking big steps in making sure we are going to be a better team this year. Personally I was just looking for a solid game, more structure, I felt pretty good, it was fun.”
  • On structure, “we talked the last couple of days about puck management and scoring chances against the first few games, we don’t give up that much in zone time but odd-man rushes are what will kill you. Puck management, blue lines, it’s so important to make sure we take care of the puck at our blue line and their blue line. Once we do that, the skill will take over, we just gotta start with smart plays and then we have the skill to make an extra play when we need to. It was a good back in forth game where we could focus on little things.”

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • Well the Rangers top line didn’t waste any time getting going. Panarin bring such an infusion of skill and creativity where it seems like something could happen every time he has the puck. He has such an accurate and forceful shot that even his empty netter was right on target and still bounced out of the net. It’s two games for him in the preseason but he is living up to the hype.
  • Henrik Lundqvist was on his game and looked very good in his time in net. I’m guessing Lundqvist will get the full game in one of the Rangers last two preseason games. Alex Georgiev looked sharp as well.
  • Vitali Kravtsov continued to show his skill and was able to cash in a Brady Skjei pass. A bit quieter of a night from Kaapo Kakko but he had his moments. Brendan Lemieux had a nice preseason debut and even in limited minutes, and in a fourth line role, I thought Lias Andersson had another nice game, as did Brett Howden, though in a bigger spot.