2021-22 Rangers

Rangers beat Montreal 3-2

First Period:

  • Kaapo Kakko (2) Assists: Ryan Strome (7), Artemi Panarin (12)

Second Period:

  • Christian Dvorak (2) Assists: Brendan Gallagher (5), Brett Kulak (5)
  • Chris Kreider (12) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (10)

Third Period:


  • Julien Gauthier (1) Unassisted
  • Josh Anderson (4) Assists: Chris Wideman (4), Christian Dvorak (5)

Three Stars:

  • 3: Christian Dvorak
  • 2: Igor Shesterkin
  • 1: Kaapo Kakko

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Adam Rotter:

  • That certainly got chippy at the end of Brendan Gallagher sucker punching Barclay Goodrow and then Josh Anderson throwing a punch at Jacob Trouba as time expired.
  • The Rangers had a great first period and even though they only had a 1-0 lead it seemed like they would finally have another gave where they could just win and not need to find a way. Then Montreal picked things and it was much more of an even game for the final 40 minutes. Most importantly though was that the Rangers were able to hold and defend a lead in the third period. Montreal certainly had chances to tie it, but Igor Shesterkin was there and they were able to win without needing extra time.
  • Kaapo Kakko had another goal and certainly looks like he is turning the corner. That line was buzzing all night and they seem to have find some nice chemistry going.
  • Good for Julien Gauthier to finally score. He certainly has had chances and he was able to convert for what turned out to be the game winner.
  • Filip Chytil had a nice return and a few chances to score. The important thing for him will be to build on it because last year he returned with a few strong games and then fell off.
  • It’s four in a row and while things are not perfect, which they probably never will be, they are playing a much better overall game and haven’t needed to rely solely on Igor Shesterkin. They seem to have figured things out offensively and defensively they are moving in the right direction, but still have a ways to go. Again, the most important thing tonight was being able to defend the lead and not give up the late tying goal like they did against NJ. They are only able to go forward if they can hold and defend leads and hopefully, albeit against a bad Montreal team, this is a step in the right direction.
  • Next up should be a good test against the Leafs.