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2020-21 Rangers

Kreider, Kakko and Fox lead Rangers in 5-3 win over Buffalo

First Period:

Second Period:

  • Rasmus Asplund (2) Assists: Victor Olofsson (12), Riley Sheahan (3)
  • Kaapo Kakko (3) Assists: Artemi Panarin (18)
  • Chris Kreider (15) (Power Play) Assists: Artemi Panarin (19), Adam Fox (17)
  • Adam Fox (3) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (18), Mika Zibanejad (13)

Third Period:


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  • Dylan Cozens (4) Assists: Sam Reinhart (9)
  • Jeff Skinner (3) Assists: Brandon Montour (7)
  • Chris Kreider (16) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (18), Ryan Strome (15)
  • Kaapo Kakko (4) (Empty Net) Assists: Artemi Panarin (20), Ryan Strome (16)

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Three Stars:

  • 3: Artemi Panarin
  • 2: Chris Kreider
  • 1: Adam Fox

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • The score shows a close game and Buffalo did tie it in the third, but I never felt like the Rangers were in any danger of losing this game. It just felt like they were in control and even after Buffalo tied it, it just seemed like a matter of time before they took back the lead and ultimately won.
  • Pavel Buchnevich, outside of Artemi Panarin, has been the Rangers best and most consistent forward this season, but Chris Kreider isn’t far behind. He had a slow start, but now he has 16 goals and stepped up at a big moment tonight on the PP in the third period.
  • Finally, Kaapo Kakko scored. He had a strong game overall and you can only hope that his two goals, even if one was an empty netter, gets him going offensively. He deserves to be on a line with Panarin and Strome and even with him moving up, the Rangers can still have a kid line with Vitali Kravtsov about to join the team.
  • Adam Fox is just so good, so smart and as good as he has been in his first 100 games, you can only imagine what the next hundred and beyond will be.
  • Keith Kinkaid made some nice saves and has won two in a row, but the belief is that Igor Shesterkin is close and could be back for one of the two games  in Philly or Sunday against Washington. Even when Shesterkin comes back, I think we could still see Kinkaid, especially if Georgiev struggles.
  • Ultimately this was a game the Rangers had to have. You have to beat Buffalo. The Bruins, when they return from their Covid break and play their games in hand, can put the playoffs out of reach on their own, but the Rangers have been playing well enough lately to stay close.