Kreider’s late goal leads Rangers 3-1 over Columbus

First Period:

  • Pavel Buchnevich (13) ASST: Jacob Trouba (17), Chris Kreider (19)

Second Period:

  • Oliver Bjorkstrand (19) ASST: Gustav Nyquist (24), Scott Harrington (4)

Third Period:





  • Chris Kreider (23) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (27), Adam Fox (25)
  • EN – Ryan Strome (14) ASST: Phillip Di Giuseppe (2), Artemi Panarin (48)

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • It’s funny how different all of this is if Boone Jenner’s shorthanded breakaway beats Alex Georgiev and hits the net rather than the post. Chris Kreider scored the winner about a minute or so later and the Rangers pick up two points, win their fourth in a row and continue to play and act as if the playoffs realistic.
  • There are four games between now and the deadline on 2/24 and it’s becoming harder to see how the Rangers can trade anyone off their roster. They are seven points, with two games in hand, behind Columbus but have Florida (5 points with two games in hand) and Carolina (2 points with two games in hand) to climb over. The Rangers want to play winning hockey and push toward the playoffs as far as they can and all of that is much tougher to do if they trade Chris Kreider.
  • The same can probably be said for Alex Georgiev. His performance the past two games has shown both why the Rangers need to keep him and why their price for him is so high. There are cap complications, expansion draft stuff and other issues, but you can see a future where Igor Shesterkin starts 50 or so games and Georgiev starts 32. They are clearly the 1-2 for the Rangers right now with Henrik Lundqvist filling his role as backup.
  • So it’s four in a row and the Rangers really do look like a team that has turned a corner or taken the next steps in their overall development. Boston will certainly be a big test on Sunday but with how the Rangers are playing right now they should feel confident.