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Zibanejad nets OT winner in 3-2 win over Buffalo

First Period:

  • Rasmus Asplund (3) Assists: Jeff Skinner (2)

Second Period:

  • Colin Blackwell (9) Assists: Ryan Strome (23), Artemi Panarin (24)

Third Period:

  • Filip Chytil (7) Assists: Julien Gauthier (6), Alexis Lafrenière (6)
  • Tage Thompson (2) Assists: Sam Reinhart (10), Casey Mittelstadt (5)

Overtime:


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  • Mika Zibanejad (12) Assists: Artemi Panarin (25), Adam Fox (27)

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • Well that was an unnecessarily tough game and unnecessary overtime for the Rangers, but they got the two points and ultimately that is what matters.
  • With the exception of a stretch in the first period, where the Rangers were overpassing and turning the puck over constantly, and the last 8 or so seconds of the third period, the Rangers dominated this game, but only scored twice. This should have been 3-1, 4-1, 5-1 in the last minute of the third period and Buffalo never should have had a chance to tie it, but the Rangers couldn’t get an insurance goal. They had more than enough chances, more than enough PP chances, more than enough scrambles around the net and Chris Kreider’s empty net attempt that was blocked, but they couldn’t get it and had to play some extra hockey.
  • As for overtime, the Rangers continue to struggle with the 3 on 3. They possessed the puck for more than a minute to start but had little to show for it and then they got trapped with Buchnevich, Blackwell and Trouba and were lucky they didn’t get burned when they couldn’t get it out of the zone. They got the break with the 2 on 1 and won it, but it was all just too close in a game that was never really close at all.
  • He didn’t score and didn’t get a shift in OT, but this might have been one of Kaapo Kakko’s best games as a Ranger. He was all over the place, brought pucks to the net, battled around the net and put six shots on net. He got that big goal against Washington and hopefully his game is back on the kind of upswing it was on before he went on the Covid list.
  • Igor Shesterkin was solid again, though there were the instances in the third where he looked like he might have been hurt. He stayed in and got the win, but I wonder if we will see Alex Georgiev on Saturday.
  • Another strong game for Colin Blackwell who gets more ice time than most anybody wants him to have, but he makes the most of it and produces.
  • In the end the Rangers found a way to win and have now won two straight. Boston lost to Pittsburgh, but Boston still has three games in hand and, maybe more importantly, six more games against the Sabres.