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2020-21 Rangers

Kreider nets three, but Rangers fall 4-3 to Philly

First Period:

  • Erik Gustafsson (1) Assists: Claude Giroux (11), Shayne Gostisbehere (2)
  • Chris Kreider (6) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (7), Mika Zibanejad (3)
  • Shayne Gostisbehere (1) (Power Play) Assists: Claude Giroux (12), Erik Gustafsson (8)

Second Period:

  • James van Riemsdyk (9) (Power Play) Assists: Sean Couturier (5), Joel Farabee (7)
  • Chris Kreider (7) (Power Play) Assists: Ryan Strome (5), Mika Zibanejad (4)
  • Kevin Hayes (7) Assists: Claude Giroux (13), Philippe Myers (4)

Third Period:


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  • Chris Kreider (8) Assists: Ryan Lindgren (5), Colin Blackwell (3)

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Adam Rotter: 

  • The Rangers were sloppy tonight, they took way too many penalties, especially puck over glass and too many men, but they were one shot away, and they had the chances, away from tying this game and potentially sending it to OT. They certainly worked hard enough to win tonight, but it came down to execution and the Flyers capitalizing on the Rangers mistakes.
  • The Rangers needed players to step up tonight and Chris Kreider came through. The Rangers have been emphasizing going to the net and scoring from in close and Kreider buried all three of his from that area.
  • Mika Zibanejad had two assists and made a few other plays, the shot he put on goal that led to Kreider’s first goal was the best shot he’s had in weeks, but it’s those two breakaways that will linger. His chance in the third period seemed like it had the potential not only to tie the game, but be the moment that fully pulled Zibanejad out of his funk. He went to the backhand move that has worked so many times for him, but he couldn’t put it past Elliott. This was definitely a step in the right direction for Zibanejad and hopefully he can carry it over to the weekend games against the Bruins.
  • It’s hard to say that he stepped up, because he’s great almost every night, but Adam Fox was outstanding and looked like he was going to do everything possible in the third period to tie this game. His plays with the puck are spectacular, but it’s all of the other plays that he makes, keeping pucks in the zone, breaking up passes, batting pucks out of the air, that make him someone David Quinn can trust in all situations.
  • Artemi Panarin is the Rangers best player and they miss him immensely, but losing K’Andre Miller, in addition to already being without Jacob Trouba, really makes a huge difference on defense. Miller has been so steady that when he’s not there the Rangers look like a completely different team on defense.
  • Igor Shesterkin let up four goals, but Philly had enough chances early and on their PPs that it could have been a lot more. He made a number of big saves and was able to keep it close and the Rangers in it.
  • So the Rangers winning streak ends at two and the Bruins come in for games Friday and Sunday. The Rangers played the Bruins tough in both games, but without Panarin, Trouba and, likely, Kakko and Miller, the Rangers will be in for a much tougher time.