- Chris Kreider (5) (Power Play) Assists: Ryan Strome (4), Artemi Panarin (12)
- Alexis Lafreniere (2) Assists: Artemi Panarin (13), Anthony Bitetto (2)
- Ryan Strome (5) Assists: Ryan Lindgren (4), Pavel Buchnevich (7)
- Dmitry Orlov (1) Unassisted
- Mika Zibanejad (2) (Shorthanded) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (8)
- After a brutal performance against NJ and a game in Philly that went to a shootout, this was the kind of performance from the Rangers that you want to see. 3 goals, plus the empty netter, is a windfall for this group, but it’s who scored that really makes the difference. The Rangers got goals from the players who are supposed to lead them on offense: Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome, Alexei Lafreniere and Mika Zibanejad. These guys haven’t been creating a ton of offense lately, but they all came through today.
- Artemi Panarin, of course, looked “dialed in” again put things in motion.
- While the goal scoring and goal scorers were great to see, how the Rangers played the third period might have been the best part of this game. Third periods have been rough for the Rangers this year, but they killed penalties, defended well and got the key save from Igor Shesterkin when needed. They looked committed to playing a smart third period, they did and they picked up the two points.
- Igor Shesterkin was excellent again, but the Rangers were good in front of him, blocked passes, blocked shots and limited the kind of offensive pressure that the Capitals can bring.
- I liked seeing Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad together, but didn’t love that Alexei Lafreniere was with them. If anyone is going to bring Zibanejad out of his slump, it’s going to be Panarin, but with Lafreinere, I was afraid that he’d be too deferential and not have the puck enough. Lafreniere only had one shot attempt, but he made it count off a great feed from Panarin.
- As for Zibanejad, he was great on the PK, great on faceoffs and he finally got his goal. I would have preferred to see Zibanejad score by beating a goalie, but hopefully this empty netter can elevate his game a bit. The empty netter and the good feeling that comes with it is better than not scoring, but I’m hoping that his next one, hopefully Wednesday in Philly, comes on one of his one-timer attempts.
- For the next few days the most important thing with the Rangers will be checking the NHL’s Covid list to see if Kaapo Kakko is an isolated case, someone that will come off quickly or if the Rangers are the latest team to have Covid start going through the roster. I hope it doesn’t happen, but we will see.
- So it’s two in a row for the Rangers and now they get a few days off, so Adam Fox can rest, before going to Philly on Wednesday and then seeing the Bruins come back into two for two next weekend.