- Pavel Buchnevich (1) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (1)
- Artemi Panarin (1) Assists: Brendan Smith (1)
- Pavel Buchnevich (2) Unassisted
- Kaapo Kakko (1) Assists: Phillip Di Giuseppe (1), Filip Chytil (1)
- Artemi Panarin (2) (Power Play) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (1), Adam Fox (1)
- 3: Artemi Panarin
- 2: Pavel Buchnevich
- 1: Alex Georgiev
- Well this was much more like it for the Rangers. They did the exact opposite of what they did on Thursday, the Islanders followed the Rangers game plan from Thursday and it leads to the Rangers first win of the season.
- They were just a different team, they skated, were physical, were first to pucks, won battles, forced turnovers and were rewarded. It definitely didn’t hurt that Ilya Sorokin went from back up to making his NHL debut in a span of 15 or so minutes before the game, but with how the Rangers were skating and how their best players were playing, my guess is they would have beaten Semyon Varlamov as well.
- Right from the start you could see that the Rangers had their legs, but you could also see right away that Alex Georgiev was locked in as well. We all still assume that Igor Shesterkin will be the Rangers long-term goalie, but all Alex Georgiev has ever done is impress and exceed expectations. He may not be the Rangers starter long-term, but he will be a starter somewhere down the line.
- Similar to Georgiev, most assume that Pavel Buchnevich will be moved at some point with Kaapo Kakko, Vitali Kravtsov and Julien Gauthier behind him on the right side, but I’m not so sure. It’s one game and we aren’t retiring his number, but Buchnevich is only going to be 26 in April and he could certainly be someone that sticks around and gets a multi-year deal after the season.
- Artemi Panarin was terrific, Kaapo Kakko rebounded from taking a penalty by finishing a beautiful passing play, Adam Fox looked like Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba was good, K’Andre Miller looked much better, Alexis Lafreniere was putting pucks on net and, in general, everyone was great for the Rangers tonight.
- The defense pairs tonight were interesting and they all seemed to work. Lindgren and Trouba are a tough match up and certainly capable of playing tough minutes against the other team’s best players. Tony DeAngelo will get back in after the next loss and the Rangers are a better team with him on the ice, but they didn’t miss him tonight.
- The only thing to really nitpick was that the Rangers didn’t take enough advantage of all of their PP chances, but they got one late to avoid the o-fer.
- So this was a terrific bounce back for the Rangers, but it’s only one game. The key is how they will follow this up, whether they can put winning streaks together or whether they are going to alternate good performances and bad performances. There is no doubt that games similar to Thursday will happen at times this season, but if they are few and far between and the Rangers respond correctly after them, they can certainly be in the mix for a playoff spot.