2020-21 Rangers

Zibanejad scores late and Rangers hold on for 5-3 win over NJ

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  • Marian Studenic (1) Assists: Mikhail Maltsev (2), Andreas Johnsson (6)
  • Nico Hischier (3) Assists: Nolan Foote (1), Nicholas Merkley (5)
  • Mika Zibanejad (16) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (36), Ryan Strome (30)
  • Ryan Strome (14) Assists: Colin Blackwell (10)


Adam Rotter:

  • The Rangers may not make the playoffs because there were too many games earlier this season where Mika Zibanejad struggled, they needed someone to step up and couldn’t find a way to win. Well, they keep pace in the playoff race because all those things broke right for the Rangers late in today’s game. Zibanejad both buried the winner and stepped up and the Rangers found a way to win a game where they blew a three goal lead.
  • It was a sweep for the Rangers in this little series against the Devils but these last two games were certainly a lot tougher than they had to be. They managed to keep the lead yesterday, but couldn’t do it today. I’m not sure if the Rangers  think that because they have been scoring opportunistically that those chances are just gonna keep coming or if they feel that once they have a lead, especially against a team like NJ, that the gap between the two teams is so big in terms of talent that they can take their foot off the gas, hold the lead and converse energy for the next game or whatever the reason, they are making these games much tighter than they need to be. They came away with the two points and finding a way to win games is a necessary skill to have, but they should have been able to push back when the Devils pushed forward.
  • I thought it was the right decision to start Alex Georgiev today in the second half of the back to back. Igor Shesterkin has been on a roll, but he needs time off and outside of the 2:19 he came in for relief, he got it today. Georgiev was solid and thankfully that injury in the first period was nothing more than a cramp situation and he was able to finish the game. We should see Georgiev again later this week in the back to back against the Flyers.
  • I wasn’t entirely sure why Anthony Bitetto came in for Libor Hajek, unless Hajek is banged up, but David Quinn only played Bitetto 10:50 overall and just 2:30 in the third period.
  • Vitali Kravtsov gets his second first goal of his career off a nice play with Brett Howden and Alexis Lafreniere scored off a terrific passing play by Kaapo Kakko and Filip Chytil. Kravtsov has been so impressive since he came into the lineup and especially so because he spends most of the game on the fourth line. He’s able to create chances, allow David Quinn to roll four lines and lengthen the Rangers lineup. Obviously he is much more than a fourth line player, but he is excelling in the role he has right now and things should only get better when he eventually gets moved up in the lineup.
  • So the four game set with the Devils is over and next up is a return to the Coliseum and then two at home against the Flyers. The Bruins are also on a winning streak so the Rangers have not been able to pick up ground and Boston next has three straight against Buffalo. Hopefully the Sabres, who have been playing much better, can push the Bruins like the Devils pushed the Rangers. Ultimately though the Rangers have to take care of their own business before they can worry about what Boston does.