- PPG – Bo Horvat (2) ASST: Elias Pettersson (5), Quinn Hughes (3)
- Brock Boeser (2) ASST: Elias Pettersson (6)
- SHG – Jay Beagle (1) ASST: Christopher Tanev (3)
Henrik Lundqvist said after the game, “in the third period we got speed and the legs going and started playing very desperate hockey and it looked great, it was just too big a hill to climb there.”
“We need to understand that going into this game, we’ve lost three in a row, that is how the first should look like, we should be so eager to get out there and get two points. Sometimes it’s hard to get going, we played 3 in 2 1/2 days and we had that week off before that, but sometimes it’s hard to get that energy and speed going but that desperation, especially losing three in a row, you need to feel it in the room and going into the first.”
- There will be focus on the non-call on Buchnevich, the puck hitting the ref on pass to an open Artemi Panarin and one of the Canucks seeming to cover the puck in the final seconds, but the Rangers lost this game because of an absolutely dreadful first 30-35 minutes. You can’t take the good of the third period without noting how bad things were early and how that put the Rangers in a hole.
- It seemed as if the Rangers didn’t learn any lessons from Friday in Washington because they opened this game with terrible defense, lots of odd-man rushes against and being slow to act and then slow to react. It was frustrating as the Rangers let the Canucks, who are a decent team with good skill, just do whatever they wanted with the puck.
- Henrik Lundqvist kept this game from becoming a blowout, like he did on Friday, but that shouldn’t need to be the case for the Rangers. They should be able to defend and play with structure in front of him.
- So that was the first part of the game and then there was Jesper Fast scoring in the second and the massive push the Rangers had in the third.
- It’s not reasonable to expect the Rangers to play like they did in the third all the time but it shows how they can play when they have a strong forecheck and battle for pucks, especially below the goal line. So much of the offense they created was because they won puck battles, kept pucks in and battled for second chances. If they do those things the skill players can find the open ice and make things happen.
- It will be interesting to see if the Rangers make any moves tomorrow and call anybody up from Hartford.