- Artemi Panarin (10) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (28), Chris Kreider (8)
- Casey Mittelstadt (3) Assists: Taylor Hall (17), Rasmus Dahlin (11)
- Artemi Panarin (11) Assists: Ryan Lindgren (12), Adam Fox (29)
- Victor Olofsson (10) Assists: Kyle Okposo (8), Sam Reinhart (11)
- Victor Olofsson: STOPPED
- Artemi Panarin: STOPPED
- Tage Thompson: SCORES
- Mika Zibanejad: STOPPED
- Casey Mittelstadt: STOPPED
- Kaapo Kakko: Missed
- Unlike Thursday, when the Rangers gave up a late third period goal but won, the Rangers let the extra point slip away tonight.
- It was another game where the Rangers just couldn’t get that extra goal. They didn’t dominate in shots like they did on Thursday, but they had perfect chance to go up 3-1 on the PP they got after Panarin scored his second, but they couldn’t get it done. Vitali Kravtsov had that chance near the end of the third, and Jacob Trouba scored just after the horn went in the second period, but they just couldn’t find a way to get that extra goal.
- Give credit to Buffalo as they looked like the fresher, more aggressive, and desperate team. I didn’t think the Rangers were as sharp as they were Thursday and they let a big point in the standings slip away.
- Vitali Kravtsov definitely got better a the game went along and I’m guessing he will stay in the lineup for at least another game. The Rangers will have a tough decision on who to take out when Brett Howden is able to return, probably later in the week, but my guess would be Julien Gauthier.
- When the Rangers were struggling earlier in the year they needed someone to step up and take charge. Now they need more than Artemi Panarin, Adam Fox and Igor Shesterkin to step up. Mika Zibanejad is obviously miles better than he was and while he has had a good year overall Pavel Buchnevich only has one point in the past five games and Chris Kreider only has three goals in the past 10 games. For whatever reason the offense dried up these past two games against the Sabres after 18 in the prior four games.
- The Rangers look like they play the 3 on 3 not to lose as opposed to trying to win. It’s somewhat understandable as one shot that misses the net could very well lead to an odd-man rush the other way that ends the game, but they also can’t win if they don’t try and shoot or take a chance.
- Next up is two at MSG against the Pens, two on the road against the Isles and then four against NJ.