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2020-21 Rangers

Rangers beat Devils 6-3 for third straight win

First Period:

  • Adam Fox (2) (Power Play) Assists: Alexandar Georgiev (1)
  • Ryan Strome (7) Assists: Chris Kreider (3), Kaapo Kakko (2)
  • P.K. Subban (2) (Shorthanded) Assists: Jesper Bratt (6), Pavel Zacha (9)
  • Mikhail Maltsev (3) (Shorthanded) Assists: Nathan Bastian (4), Yegor Sharangovich (3)

Second Period:

  • Kevin Rooney (4) Assists: Filip Chytil (3), Julien Gauthier (2)

Third Period:


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  • Libor Hajek (1) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (11), K’Andre Miller (5)
  • Filip Chytil (3) Assists: Julien Gauthier (3)
  • Nathan Bastian (2) Assists: Travis Zajac (2), Jesper Bratt (7)
  • Ryan Strome (8) Assists: Adam Fox (12)

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • Three in a row for the Rangers and this one was only close for the 2-3 minute span when the Devils scored twice in 17 seconds and then Filip Chytil made a terrific pass to Kevin Rooney and the Rangers regained the lead and never looked back.
  • This was another game where the Rangers were strong defensively and got offensive contributions from all over the lineup. The Rangers didn’t need to find a way to win this one, they just won it.
  • Ryan Strome was good last season, but there was always the thought that he was producing because of Artemi Panarin. He doesn’t have Panarin right now, but he is producing, finding good chemistry with Chris Kreider and helping lead the Rangers.
  • Filip Chytil looks really good and has pretty much picked up where he left off when he was injured. He looks ready to take the next step and is going to force David Quinn into giving him more ice time. We will see what happens with the injury Mika Zibanejad seemed to suffer late in the third, but that could lead to more time for Chytil.
  • Kaapo Kakko also looked good in his return and, like Chytil, played almost like he didn’t miss any time.
  • On defense, Adam Fox had a terrific rush on his goal, Libor Hajek scored and K’Andre Miller continued to defend well and make plays, including the one that led to Hajek’s goal.  Miller will probably be reunited with Jacob Trouba at some point this week and then Brendan Smith and Jack Johnson will probably battle for the last spot.
  • I imagine that Alex Georgiev will start tomorrow against Pitt and then the Rangers will be off on Monday, so Georgiev will probably get Tuesday in Pitt as well. I think that Igor Shesterkin will get at least one practice before returning, which would mean Thursday in Boston, but that is if he is healthy enough to play.
  • So it’s three in a row and it was three games that the Rangers should have won. They got better from game to game, but the big tests are coming up. Two in Pittsburgh, two in Boston, two against Philly and two in Washington. Those are the four teams right in front of the Rangers and they will be much tougher games than the last three. We don’t know how many of those games Igor Shesterkin will be healthy for, we don’t know how many Jacob Trouba will play and we don’t know if Artemi Panarin will be back. The Rangers will need to be at their best as a team and if they are, maybe they will sit above sixth in the division.