10:08 PM: Shesterkin is 100% according to Gallant. (MSG)
9:37 PM: First Period:
- Jakub Voracek (1) (Power Play) Assists: Cole Sillinger (3), Oliver Bjorkstrand (10)
- Artemi Panarin (3) Assists: Adam Fox (11), Ryan Strome (4)
- Eric Robinson (2) Assists: Zach Werenski (5), Jake Bean (1)
- Chris Kreider (10) Assists: Jacob Trouba (4)
- Artemi Panarin (4) Assists: Ryan Strome (5)
- Jacob Trouba (1) Assists: Julien Gauthier (1), Barclay Goodrow (4)
- Chris Kreider (11) (Power Play) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (9), Adam Fox (12)
- Alexandre Texier (4) Assists: Gavin Bayreuther (1), Vladislav Gavrikov (6)
- Presuming that the league pulled Igor Shesterkin off the ice as part of the concussion protocol and that he isn’t hurt, this was a nice win.
- They weren’t so hot in the first period, but they scored thrice in about a minute in the second and kept the pressure on. That second period might have been their best period of the season in terms of playing in the offensive zone, getting shots and playing like the team they are supposed to be.
- That was also one of Jacob Trouba’s most impactful periods since he became a Ranger. Trouba has never had the opportunity to be the Rangers top offensive defensemen, Tony DeAngelo and Adam Fox were that in his first season and last season was, obviously, Fox, but he showed in that period that he can be more than a big, physical defenseman.
- Artemi Panarin looks like he is finally in top form and Chris Kreider is a force around the net on the PP. Adam Fox and Igor Shesterkin have carried the Rangers through most of this up and down first 14 games, but it looks like their fellow top players are ready to join them.
- Igor Shesterkin was good, he didn’t need to steal this game and hopefully he isn’t hurt. Every time he stays on the ice for just a little longer than he should you can see the season start to go down the drain, so hopefully he is fine. My guess is that the plan was to start Shesterkin tonight and tomorrow and then give Georgiev Montreal, but we will see if they hold to that.
- Much like the last win over Columbus, you hope that this is something the Rangers can build on. It wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t 60 minutes, but there was much more good than bad tonight. They had the puck, they maintained possession, got shots and scored. It sounds simple, but for so much of this season they haven’t had the puck, they haven’t had possession, haven’t shot and haven’t scored. They showed much more of who they can and are supposed to be and hopefully they can build upon it.
- Tonight the Rangers beat a team that has had a better than expected start and they will face a Devils team tomorrow that is in the same boat. They lost today and are without Jack Hughes, but they are fast and usually give the Rangers fits. They have some good momentum from tonight and hopefully they can bring it tomorrow.