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2020-21 Rangers

Huge third period leads Rangers over Caps 5-2

First Period:

  • T.J. Oshie (9) (Power Play) Assists: Nicklas Backstrom (24), John Carlson (22)
  • Nic Dowd (7) Assists: Garnet Hathaway (8), Brenden Dillon (9)
  • Filip Chytil (6) Unassisted

Second Period:

Third Period:

  • Kaapo Kakko (5) Assists: Ryan Strome (22), Artemi Panarin (22)
  • Adam Fox (4) Assists: Ryan Lindgren (10), Artemi Panarin (23)
  • Artemi Panarin (9) Assists: Brendan Smith (4)
  • Pavel Buchnevich (14) (Shorthanded) Assists: Ryan Lindgren (11)


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Three Stars:

  • 3: Kaapo Kakko
  • 2: Igor Shesterkin
  • 1: Artemi Panarin

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • 5-2 was definitely a final score that made sense, but after the first few minutes of the game I was sure that Washington was going to have the five.
  • Igor Shesterkin is back to looking like he did last year, making huge saves at key times and in some ways stealing games. The Rangers had a rough first few minutes, a second period where they only had six shots and Shesterkin kept the game close and allowed for the Rangers skill to take over in the third and ultimately win the game.
  • That third period was something else and at the biggest moment their best players stepped up. Artemi Panarin was terrific, after looking sluggish on Sunday, was key in the passing play that saw Kakko tie the game and then he scored the insurance goal with a great breakaway goal.
  • Then, of course, there was Adam Fox scored the game winner with a phenomenal move. He just keeps getting better and better and better…..
  • Filip Chytil’s goal sort of gets lost after the four goal third period, but that was a huge play for a player who needed it. He hasn’t been the same player, which is understandable, after his hand injury and Covid, but maybe this gets him back on track.
  • So the Rangers get back to winning, after losing three straight, and now it’s two in Buffalo. The Sabres have lost about a million games in a row and the Rangers need to keep adding to that. They beat Buffalo last week, though it was closer in the third period than it needed to be, and they need these two games coming up.