- Alexis Lafrenière (7) Assists: Filip Chytil (7), Kaapo Kakko (5)
- Colin Blackwell (12) Assists: Ryan Strome (25), Artemi Panarin (29)
- Andy Greene (1) Assists: Mathew Barzal (22)
- K’Andre Miller (4) Assists: Artemi Panarin (30), Jacob Trouba (10)
- Mika Zibanejad (14) Unassisted
- That was certainly a nice bounce back after the Rangers performance last night. They were up to the challenge tonight, their best players, especially Panarin, were better than last night and they got big shifts and big goals from their young players.
- The Rangers were better in so many areas tonight, so much smarter with the puck and while Igor Shesterkin wasn’t the issue last night, it was great to see Alex Georgiev step in after three weeks or so and have a real solid game. He deserves to and should start on Sunday in the rematch.
- We saw Kaapo Kakko coming on before he got Covid and he’s had some good games and good moments since he returned, but he looks like he is taking another step forward. Alexis Lafreniere has also been on the upswing and played one of his best games of the season tonight, not just with his goal, but he looks more patient with the puck and is making more plays. He looks much more comfortable playing with Kakko and Chytil and that line has been working.
- It’s really exciting to see how Vitali Kravtsov has played since coming into the lineup and especially exciting to see what he was doing on the fourth line. He’s by no means a fourth line player, but he and his line spent a lot of time in the offensive zone. You want to see him up with Panarin and Strome like he saw for a bit last night, but all Colin Blackwell does is score goals. Still, you can see from how Kravtsov is playing that he is just playing and embracing being with the Rangers no matter where he is.
- While three of the Rangers four lines had strong nights, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Kreider struggled again. Zibanejad got the empty netter, but that line is looking a little lost again after they were clicking so well in that stretch a few weeks ago.
- K’Andre Miller was awesome tonight. He’s been so solid all season and he and Jacob Trouba have been a really good pair.
- On the whole this was just a great win for the Rangers. They competed all game, played smart and, maybe most importantly, defended their lead in the third period by controlling the puck. They will probably need to be even better on Sunday, but the Rangers know that they can compete with almost anyone when they play like they did tonight. We will see on Sunday if they can back this up with another good performance and head into that four game set with the Devils on a two-game winning streak.