2020-21 Rangers

Isles beat Rangers 3-2 in OT

First Period:

  • Kyle Palmieri (9) (Power Play) Unassisted
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau (12) Assists: Mathew Barzal (23), Jordan Eberle (13)

Second Period:

  • Libor Hajek (2) Assists: Filip Chytil (8), Kaapo Kakko (6)
  • Brendan Smith (3) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (18), Vitali Kravtsov (1)

Third Period:



  • Ryan Pulock (1) (Shorthanded) Assists: Mathew Barzal (24)


Adam Rotter:

  • This was a bunch of games within one game. The Isles owned the first, the Rangers owned the second and the third was pretty even with the shots at 7 each and both teams missing on their PP chances. The Rangers had one chance in OT, but a turnover by Filip Chytil along the boards sealed this for the Isles.
  • The Rangers best players tonight, far and a way, were Alexis Lafreniere, Kaapo Kakko and Vitali Kravtsov. That is both awesome and not awesome at the same time. The Rangers top-six was not at their best, Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome seemed off all night, Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich got better when Vitali Kravtsov joined them, but Chris Kreider was not very good. He took that penalty to start the game, got moved to the fourth line and his off night likely took him off the ice in OT for that faceoff in OT where the Islanders won the game.
  • Kreider has not been good in weeks after he scored half of his 17 goals in a six game span. The Rangers need a lot more from him and I’m sure he’ll start the next game back with Zibanejad and Buchnevich, but I don’t think David Quinn will hesitate to move someone else up there if his play doesn’t improve.
  • Kakko and Lafreniere were great and Lafreniere looks like a completely different player than he was a week or so ago. He’s playing faster, hounding the puck and looking a lot like the player many expected he would be when the season started. Kravtsov is forcing David Quinn to play him more and that is great to see.
  • So the Rangers get three of four from the Isles and were the better team overall in the two games. They have closed the gap a little on Boston and are tied with the Flyers heading into this four game set with the Devils. The Rangers need to make sure that they bring this effort, in general, against the Devils and not the games they played against Buffalo. The Rangers worked and, mostly, played a smart and simple game against the Islanders and if they deviate from that and try and win on either just their skill or take the Devils lightly then the only team closing the gap will be Jersey toward the Rangers.