Kakko and Fox lead Rangers in 3-2 OT win over Pitt

First Period:

  • Kaapo Kakko (5) ASST: Brendan Lemieux (5), Tony DeAngelo (9)
  • Adam Fox (3) ASST: Artemi Panarin (11), Filip Chytil (1)

Second Period:

  • Justin Schultz (2) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (5), Marcus Pettersson (5)
  • PPG – Jared McCann (6) ASST: Dominik Simon (8)

Third Period:





OT:

  • Kaapo Kakko (6) ASST: Adam Fox (5)

Three Stars:

  • 3: Jared McCann
  • 2: Artemi Panarin
  • 1: Kaapo Kakko

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • This was a bit of a mixed bag for the Rangers with a terrific first period, a big letdown in the second period and then a pretty even third that could have gone either way.
  • Man, it gets said after nearly every game, but Kakko and Fox are developing in big ways from game to game.
  • All the sudden Kakko has six goals and he’s scoring in all different ways. Beyond just the goals, he’s getting more involved physically, threw a bit of a reverse hit and continues to protect the puck at a high level. He just looks really comfortable and confident on the ice and that is great news as the Rangers go forward here.
  • With all the subtle and smart plays that he makes with the puck, it’s almost surprising when Adam Fox turns it over or makes a bad play. He has arguably been the Rangers best defenseman in the last few weeks and, like Kakko, is playing with a comfort and confidence like he’s been in the league for five years.
  • You don’t expect the Rangers to play a perfect game but the swing from the first to the second is something that has to be fixed. Had the Rangers played the way they did in the first and then played the way they did in the third it would be fine, for the most part, but for some reason they struggle when they have leads. Tonight it didn’t end up biting them, with the exception of Pittsburgh getting a point, but figuring out how to defend leads and play the way that got them the lead consistently has to be priority number one going forward.