- Brady Skjei (3) ASST: Tony DeAngelo (10), Artemi Panarin (16)
- Zach Parise (9) ASST: Kevin Fiala (5), Jared Spurgeon (10)
- Ryan Donato (2) ASST: Ryan Hartman (3)
- PPG – Chris Kreider (6) ASST: Ryan Strome (16), Artemi Panarin (17)
- Tony DeAngelo (7) ASST: Artemi Panarin (18), Ryan Strome (17)
- 3: Ryan Donato
- 2: Tony DeAngelo
- 1: Artemi Panarin
- Late in the third, especially after Pavel Buchnevich was stopped on multiple occasions, this looked like it was heading towards a frustrating loss where the Rangers went scoreless on three PP opportunities and couldn’t get a second goal in a second period they dominated.
- Instead, they capitalized quickly on their PP and won it in OT even quicker off a great play by Tony DeAngelo and picked up the two points I feel they deserved.
- There isn’t much that can be said about Artemi Panarin. He’s dynamic every time he’s on the ice and when he has even a little bit of space, he makes things happen and the Rangers usually put one on the scoreboard.
- Similar for Adam Fox. He’s able to skate through and away from trouble calmly and then make a play like what he just did was nothing.
- Another pretty strong game for Henrik Lundqvist as, despite what his numbers say, he continues his good start to the season.
- The Rangers as a whole need to improve in many areas, especially defensively, but they are progressing and showing the positive signs that you want to see from a team with, depending on the night, anywhere from 5-8 21-and under players.
- So after going 8-4-1 without him, the Rangers are very likely to see their number one center return on Wednesday. Mika Zibanejad should be back and join a roster that has fallen into place nicely. Artemi Panarin will, and should, stay with Ryan Strome and probably get Jesper Fast back. Filip Chytil will likely slot in with Lemieux and Kakko. Brett Howden doesn’t deserve to be on the fourth line but his presence there, with Brendan Smith and Haley/Mckegg/Nieves/Gettinger/Other Hartford call up, will allow the Rangers to roll four lines again. With those combinations likely to be in place, Mika will be able to return and team up again with Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich. The Rangers should then have three lines that can score and that will present some nice depth and balance up front.
- Mats Zuccarello deserved all of the applause and adoration he received at MSG tonight. He’s probably the second most popular Ranger of that era, behind Henrik Lundqvist, and it showed with the reception he got.