2020-21 Rangers

Kakko and Lafreniere score in 8-4 win over Penguins

First Period:

  • Colin Blackwell (10) Assists: Artemi Panarin (26), Jacob Trouba (8)
  • Mika Zibanejad (13) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (19)
  • Artemi Panarin (12) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (30), Chris Kreider (9)
  • Jared McCann (10) (Power Play) Assists: Sidney Crosby (29), Kris Letang (23)
  • Ryan Strome (12) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (31), Artemi Panarin (27)

Second Period:

  • Alexis Lafrenière (6) Assists: Kaapo Kakko (3), Filip Chytil (5)
  • Mike Matheson (4) Assists: Mark Jankowski (5), Colton Sceviour (3)

Third Period:


  • Kaapo Kakko (6) (Power Play) Assists: Jacob Trouba (9), Colin Blackwell (5)
  • Jake Guentzel (17) Assists: Kris Letang (24), Mike Matheson (7)
  • Adam Fox (5) (Shorthanded) Assists: Ryan Strome (24), Mika Zibanejad (17)
  • Pavel Buchnevich (15) Assists: Artemi Panarin (28), Filip Chytil (6)

Three Stars:

  • 3: Mika Zibanejad
  • 2: Adam Fox
  • 1: Artemi Panarin


Adam Rotter:

  • The Rangers didn’t take advantage of their opportunities against the Sabres but they sure did tonight. 8 goals on any night means things are going your way, but 8 goals on 25 shots mean that things are really going your way.
  • The PP clicked, the Rangers took advantage of Pittsburgh mistakes and defensive issues and they got some bounces along the way.
  • Defensively the Rangers were not as structured as they probably would have liked to have been and the Penguins had 40+ shots, but the bulk of those shots came when the Rangers were up by multiple goals. The Pens have the ability to get back into games quickly, as they have done against the Rangers a few times this season, so it was nice to see that the Rangers kept going and taking what Pittsburgh was giving them.
  • While the defense struggled and gave up a lot of shots, Igor Shesterkin was still pretty solid and kept the Rangers with a multi-goal lead pretty much all game. I think he will play Thursday and then Alex Georgiev will go on Friday against the Isles.
  • It’s always exciting when Kaapo Kakko or Alexis Lafreniere score, but for them to do it in the same game for the first, of hopefully many, times was extra exciting. That “kid” line had some good shifts and good moments. Vitali Kravtsov, on the fourth line, showed off his speed and skating ability. The fourth line is obviously not ideal for him, but that is the situation he is in for now.
  • This should have been the Rangers fourth win in a row, but instead it’s points in four straight games. They get Pittsburgh again on Thursday and it will be interesting to see how the Penguins respond to what happened tonight. The Rangers need to shore things up defensively, but do so in a way that won’t limit their offense or ability to capitalize on their opportunities.