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Lafreniere nets winner in 3-1 win over Montreal

First Period:

Second Period:

  • Chris Kreider (3) (Power Play) Assists: Artemi Panarin (2), Mika Zibanejad (2)

Third Period:


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  • Jonathan Drouin (2) Assists: Christian Dvorak (1), Brett Kulak (2)
  • Alexis Lafreniere (1) Assists: Adam Fox (2), Mika Zibanejad (3)
  • Kevin Rooney (1) Unassisted

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Adam Rotter:

  • Alexis Lafreniere will get the headlines, but this win belongs to Igor Shesterkin. He was outstanding in this one and played the way the Rangers are going to need him to play, especially early they get things ironed out under Gerard Gallant. In general, games like tonight are why they were comfortable going with a long-term contract for him and why he is the present and future of this team in net.
  • Overall I thought the Rangers played fine, certainly good enough to win and they did. With the constant PP time they had in the second period they certainly could have added more than just Chris Kreider’s, but they played well enough and were lucky that Lafreniere was able to put them in the lead again 26 seconds after Montreal tied it.
  • A lot about this season relies on Alexis Lafreniere taking a big step. He’s on a line with two veterans and players that can mesh with his playmaking ability. If he can start producing with some consistency the Rangers will be in a much better chance to make the playoffs.
  • Kaapo Kakko, who looked like he was on the verge of breaking out, got hurt and hopefully that isn’t serious.
  • Artemi Panarin had a relatively quiet game, but that might be expected when his center had to miss the game due to Covid protocol and his right winger went out after the first period. Hopefully those two will be able to get back sooner than later.
  • Chris Kreider continues to play like someone trying to show that he can play a role for Team USA at the Olympics.
  • So it’s the first win of the season and the first win under Gerard Gallant. They are 1-1-1 heading into Monday against the Leafs. Against Washington they were better early and then fell apart. Against Dallas they started slow and got much better and tonight they were sort of consistent, but still not where they need/want to be. There isn’t yet a lot of sustained offense, there isn’t yet a lot of four-line flow, there just isn’t enough, yet. It’s only three games and they had those things in spurts in each of those games, but there are still a lot of questions to be answered and a lot that still has to be shown.
  • The Leafs are a little banged up and will probably be without Auston Matthews on Monday, but it will still be a good test for this team.