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Rangers beat Devils 4-3 in shootout

First Period:

  • Jesper Bratt (4) Assists: Dawson Mercer (6), P.K. Subban (6)

Second Period:

  • Adam Fox (4) Unassisted
  • Alexis Lafreniere (4) Assists: Kaapo Kakko (1), Jacob Trouba (5)
  • Dougie Hamilton (4) (Power Play) Assists: Pavel Zacha (4), Jesper Bratt (7)

Third Period:


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  • Kaapo Kakko (1) Assists: Ryan Strome (6)
  • Pavel Zacha (7) Assists: Tomas Tatar (5), Nico Hischier (7)

Overtime:

Shootout:

  • Damon Severson: Stopped
  • Mika Zibanejad: Stopped
  • Jesper Bratt: Scores
  • Kaapo Kakko: Scores
  • Dougie Hamilton: Scores
  • Artemi Panarin: Scores
  • Dawson Mercer: Stopped
  • Alexis Lafreniere: Stopped
  • Andreas Johnsson: Scores
  • Ryan Strome: Scores
  • Tomas Tatar: Stopped
  • Kevin Rooney: Stopped
  • Pavel Zacha: Stopped
  • Chris Kreider: SCORES

3 Stars:

  • 3: Pavel Zacha
  • 2: Adam Fox
  • 1: Kaapo Kakko

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Adam Rotter:

  • Well, that went from what seemed like a pretty good win, to a bad loss and then a shootout win.
  • I was not overly confident in Alex Georgiev in the shootout, but he made the one extra save he needed. I was not confident that Chris Kreider would score, but he did. I would have picked Adam Fox before Kreider, but it worked and they eventually got the two points.
  • Overall I thought that the game was pretty even and that the Rangers mostly played well, but it was another game where they couldn’t hold a lead in the third period. Unlike Vancouver and Edmonton though, they managed to find a way to eventually get that extra point.
  • Hopefully this is the night that we look back on and say it was when Kaapo Kakko broke out. The one assist, just to get him a point, would have been nice, but then he and Strome connect on a terrific play and then he scores another beauty in the shootout. He made a nice defensive play to start his goal and hopefully this is just the start.
  • Same with Alexis Lafreniere getting his goal. I wonder if the injury to Sammy Blais will send Lafreniere back to the top line.
  • As for the Blais injury, it looked bad. I don’t know if it was intentional by PK Subban, but he does not get the benefit of the doubt. Blais was having a nice game as it was and losing him will be a big loss for the Rangers.
  • It is possible that Filip Chytil is able to return on Tuesday, though it seems unlikely since he won’t have taken part in a practice, and if he does then Barclay Goodrow can shift back up to the top line and Chytil can skate between Lafreniere and Gauthier. Lafreniere could swing back up to the left side on the top line, but that would send Kreider back to the right side and I don’t know if they should mess with Kreider and the way he is playing.
  • Give credit to Alex Georgiev. He played well enough to win and made a few more of those extra saves that have been an issue for him. The Rangers are going to need him, but I don’t think we see him again until Saturday in Ottawa.
  • So the Rangers sweep the weekend and move to 9-3-3. These were certainly better games, they had a lot more offensive pressure and production, but tonight was another case of not being able to hold a lead. You need to have the lead to work on that, but hopefully their increased scoring will give them more chances to do that.
  • Next up is Montreal and then a return to Toronto on Thursday, Ottawa on Saturday and then Buffalo on Sunday.