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2020-21 Rangers

Penguins defeat Rangers 4-3 in shootout

First Period:

  • Bryan Rust (1) Assists: Evgeni Malkin (1), Cody Ceci (1)

Second Period:

  • Filip Chytil (2) Assists: Phillip Di Giuseppe (3)
  • Adam Fox (1) (Power Play) Assists: Artemi Panarin (3)
  • Kaapo Kakko (2) Assists: K’Andre Miller (1), Phillip Di Giuseppe (4)
  • Jared McCann (1) (Power Play) Assists: Kris Letang (3), Evan Rodrigues (1)

Third Period:


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  • Teddy Blueger (2) Assists: Kasperi Kapanen (2), Pierre-Olivier Joseph (1)

Overtime:

Shootout:

  • Jake Guentzel: SCORES
  • Mika Zibanejad: MISSED
  • Sidney Crosby: MISSED
  • Artemi Panarin: SCORES
  • Kris Letang: SCORES
  • Tony DeAngelo: MISSED

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • This is not a game the Rangers should have lost. They were the better team for long, long stretches, kept Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in check and had numerous chances in OT where they overpassed, made terrible passes or Filip Chytil hit the post.
  • It’s a frustrating loss, especially with a 3-1 lead, but the Rangers can take away a ton from this game. There are no moral victories, and actual victories are needed, but the Rangers played pretty well and they had huge games from guys like Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko and K’Andre Miller. Adam Fox was good, but that isn’t really news anymore. Chytil might have played one of the best games of his career, Kakko is trending up and while Phil Di Giuseppe isn’t one of the “young guys” he is cementing his spot in the lineup. He had a terrific game, outside of that bizarre spin pass he tried to make in OT, and that trio is looking good. K’Andre Miller also continues to impress. He’s adjusted much quicker to the NHL than I thought he would.
  • It’s four games for Alexis Lafreniere and I think he still looks a little nervous and deferential on the ice. He doesn’t have the puck enough, but when he does he needs to shoot it. The juggling to find the right spot for him will continue.
  • The Rangers need more from Chris Kreider. He was swapped to RW tonight, but in general he hasn’t looked like the Chris Kreider he has shown he can be. Pavel Buchnevich, on the other hand, continues to play well and should have been rewarded on one of those opportunities.
  • I thought Igor Shesterkin was fine, though probably out of position on the third goal. It seemed like he was too aggressive in sliding to that one side and once the puck came out the other way, he had no chance. He still looks like he needs to round more into shape. I wonder if Alex Georgiev will get the start on Sunday and if the Rangers will keep alternating until they start winning.
  • So the Rangers get one point and if they continue to play the way they did, they will likely pick up two on a regular basis, but they still leave tonight knowing they left something on the table.