Leafs score thrice in the third to beat Rangers 6-3

1st Period:

  • Pierre Engvall (2) ASST: Justin Holl (10), Ilya Mikheyev (14)
  • William Nylander (12) ASST: Kasperi Kapanen (11)
  • Brady Skjei (5) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (13), Chris Kreider (11)
  • Ryan Strome (7) ASST: Artemi Panarin (24), Pavel Buchnevich (15)

2nd Period:

  • PPG – Mitchell Marner (7) ASST: Auston Matthews (16), William Nylander (14)
  • Pavel Buchnevich (6) ASST: Marc Staal (3), Tony DeAngelo (17)

3rd Period:





  • William Nylander (13) ASST: Auston Matthews (17), Travis Dermott (3)
  • Mitchell Marner (8)
  • Ilya Mikheyev (7)

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • Tied, 3-3 in this case, going into the third allows you to put behind what may have happened in the first two periods and put you in a position to win one period and win the game. The Leafs took that opportunity, given to them by the Rangers in some cases, scored three times and walk out of MSG with a win while the Rangers have now lost three straight.
  • With how the game was going, there was every reason to believe that when the Leafs went up 4-3 that the Rangers would tie it. That mistake by Ryan Strome in his own end and Artemi Panarin being unable to stop Mitch Marner though was too much and pretty much ended the game right there.
  • I don’t think it’s an instant fix, or the only move that can be made, but I do think Adam Fox would be on the top PP and Tony DeAngelo should be on the second PP. DeAngelo on the second PP would allow him to move around the zone and still have a defensemen in Jacob Trouba at the blue line. I think DeAngelo is at his best when he can carry the puck around and be creative and when he’s on the ice with Panarin and Zibanejad he doesn’t make enough plays. I think Fox and his ability to draw players to him and get out of it lends itself better to being with Panarin.
  • Pavel Buchnevich has certainly been trending the right way offensively and it was nice to see him get rewarded and, literally, pull the monkey off his back.
  • This wasn’t one of Alex Georgiev’s better games but with how he’s been playing and his experience beating the Leafs last year, it wasn’t a shock he got the start. It’s been long stretches without games for Henrik Lundqvist but he will surely start on Sunday against the Ducks. If Henrik gets a win Sunday and plays well, especially with the holiday break coming, it wouldn’t be a shocker to see him play back to back with the Flyers on Monday.
  • So now it’s three losses in a row for the Rangers. They could have/should have beaten the Ducks in Anaheim and played well enough to win against the Preds, but any way you shake it, it’s three losses in a row. This wasn’t a great game by the Rangers and hopefully they will be able to rebound on Sunday and beat the Ducks.