2020-21 Rangers

Lafreniere scores OT winner in 3-2 win over Sabres

First Period:

  • Ryan Strome (2) Assists: Artemi Panarin (5), Pavel Buchnevich (4)
  • Jack Eichel (2) Assists: Sam Reinhart (3)

Second Period:

  • Artemi Panarin (3) Unassisted

Third Period:


  • Sam Reinhart (3) (Power Play) Assists: Jack Eichel (8), Victor Olofsson (4)


  • Alexis Lafreniere (1) Assists: Colin Blackwell (2)

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Adam Rotter:

  • This was the exact response the Rangers needed after Tuesday and yet it almost turned into a repeat of the Pittsburgh games where the Rangers were the better team, but lost. Instead the Rangers end their losing streak and do so in dramatic fashion with Alexis Lafreniere netting the winner.
  • Lafreniere had a bunch of chances to score his first career NHL goal tonight but he was robbed by Linus Ullmark, who was outstanding, …. until OT. Second best part, after him scoring, is Artemi Panarin being the first one to hug him and celebrate. The only thing that would have made it better, and no offense to Colin Blackwell, who has been a nice surprise and made a great play to set up the goal, would have been if K’Andre Miller made the pass in the same way that Adam Fox fed Kaapo Kakko for an OT winner last year.
  • The Rangers needed and got a big game from Artemi Panarin. He had the goal and assist, but he looked like the Artemi Panarin from last year with the plays he was setting up, his forechecking and just his energy. Tony DeAngelo was the best he’s been this season, Ryan Strome was playing pretty well until he seemed to get hurt. Mika Zibanejad was better and Chris Kreider was more noticeable, but I think he can still be better.
  • In general, the Rangers were much crisper, played with urgency and dominated for most of the game. The best sign though might have been the shift right after Buffalo tied it in the third. The Rangers went down the ice, had a lot of zone time and didn’t seem dejected like they were when Buffalo scored their shorthanded goal on Tuesday.
  • That was an interesting PP set up with DeAngelo and Fox on the same unit. It will be interesting to see how that develops and if they overload with that unit and expect them to be on the ice for nearly the whole two minutes.
  • Igor Shesterkin was solid. He didn’t have to be great, but he made some nice saves late in the third.
  • So the Rangers end their losing streak, Alexis Lafreniere scores his first goal, Artemi Panarin was really good and there is finally some good feeling around the team. It is only one game, but this is something the Rangers can build off of as they come home for three games.