Panarin, Zibanejad, Shesterkin lead Rangers to 5-3 win over Avs

1st Period:

  • J.T. Compher (6) ASST: Samuel Girard (22), Andre Burakovsky (13)
  • Nathan MacKinnon (26)
  • PPG – Chris Kreider (13) ASST: Ryan Strome (27), Tony DeAngelo (22)
  • Mika Zibanejad (17) ASST: Tony DeAngelo (23), Jesper Fast (9)

2nd Period:

  • Brady Skjei (6) ASST: Adam Fox (18), Artemi Panarin (34)
  • J.T. Compher (7) ASST: Andre Burakovsky (14), Valeri Nichushkin (9)
  • Ryan Strome (12) ASST: Jesper Fast (10), Artemi Panarin (35)

3rd Period:





  • EN – Artemi Panarin (23) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (16), Jesper Fast (11)

Ryan Lindgren left the game with an upper body injury after fighting with Nazem Kadri in the first period.


3 Stars:

  • 3: Tony DeAngelo
  • 2: Ryan Strome
  • 1: Artemi Panarin

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • Well, we got a glimpse of the Rangers future, and possibly present, with Igor Shesterkin and it looked good.
  • Shesterkin, and the team in general, moved past the two early goals against and settled in as the game went along. He was great in the third period.
  • In a season where he has had so many outstanding games and moments, Artemi Panarin was just outstanding tonight. He dominated every time he had the puck, made plays out of nothing and sure showed the Avs what could have been had he taken their offer in the summer. Mika Zibanejad was also terrific.
  • On the whole the Rangers played a solid game against one of the best and most talented teams in the league. When Colorado gets going up the ice they are as dangerous as anyone and the Rangers did a fairly good job of neutralizing them. The Rangers are playing a smarter, tighter game that will be needed if they want a chance at the playoffs.
  • The short-term result of tonight was two points and a nice win over the Avs but it’s what tonight showed about the long-term and future that made it so fun. While so much of the Rangers lineup on any given night is likely to be part of the core and group that they move forward with, tonight was the first night that we got to see the player we believe, and have been told, will succeed Henrik Lundqvist. No offense to Alex Georgiev, who has done nothing but overachieve and succeed compared to what may have been expected, but replacing Henrik Lundqvist has always been Igor Shesterkin’s job to lose. In a season that has seen many big players debut (Panarin, Kakko, Trouba, Fox), Shesterkin arguably had the biggest one. It’s different when he’s the goalie, as opposed to a skater, and such a focus at all times but it was easy to see how ready and excited the crowd was not only for Shesterkin to be there but to embrace him as the one to carry on about 15-years of incredible goaltending.