2020-21 Rangers

Scoring issues continue in 1-0 loss to Boston

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  • Nick Ritchie (5) Assists: David Krejci (10), Jeremy Lauzon (3)

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Adam Rotter:

  • This was a different kind of a game, with the fights, penalties and how physical it was, but the result was the same and the Rangers were shut out for the second time this week.
  • After picking up seven of eight points, the Rangers picked up one out of six this week and that makes sense when you consider that the Rangers scored twice in three games. Not having Artemi Panarin certainly doesn’t help, but guys need to step up. Kaapo Kakko waited too long to shoot on his chance in the third, but he’s getting more chances in general and that is positive. Alexis Lafreniere had some chances as well and looked better skating on a line with offensive players. Pavel Buchnevich was engaged and physical, Chris Kreider made most of his impact with hits and Mika Zibanejad continues to look just a little bit off.
  • They didn’t back down from the physical game and played the Bruins pretty well, but they can’t win if they can’t score. The penalty killing was terrific, but the power play goes 0-6 and continues to slump in a big way. Boston is one of the best, if not the best teams in the league, and they are certainly a model for the Rangers on how you can defend as a team and also create offense.
  • Igor Shesterkin was terrific, especially in the second period when Boston controlled the puck and tilted in the ice.
  • Sunday’s game is canceled and with the Devils having pretty much their whole roster on the Covid list, it’s hard to imagine Tuesday’s game will happen. After that is Philly, next Thursday, but that depends on the Flyers themselves returning to practice and escaping the Covid list. The point is, the Rangers could be hanging with these losses and scoring issues for maybe up to a week before they get another chance. Artemi Panarin will hopefully be back by then, but it could be some time before the Rangers get their next opportunity to score a goal.