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Lindgren scores with 0.4 seconds to beat Buffalo 5-4

First Period:

  • Rasmus Asplund (5) (Power Play) Assists: Zemgus Girgensons (5), Kyle Okposo (6)
  • Chris Kreider (13) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (13), Artemi Panarin (13)

Second Period:

  • Vinnie Hinostroza (2) Unassisted
  • Jacob Trouba (2) Assists: Artemi Panarin (14), Filip Chytil (2)
  • Kaapo Kakko (3) Assists: Ryan Strome (9), Artemi Panarin (15)
  • Tage Thompson (6) Assists: Mark Pysyk (4), Rasmus Dahlin (7)
  • Rasmus Dahlin (3) Assists: Victor Olofsson (5), Tage Thompson (5)
  • K’Andre Miller (2) Assists: Ryan Reaves (1), Barclay Goodrow (5)

Third Period:


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  • Ryan Lindgren (2) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (11), Adam Fox (14)

Three Stars:

  • 3: Rasmus Dahlin
  • 2: Ryan Lindgren
  • 1: Artemi Panarin

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Adam Rotter:

  • Well that was certainly some kind of game, but they found a way to win at basically the last possible moment.
  • The Rangers certainly weren’t at their best tonight, but they played their best in the third. The Sabres were the better team for long stretches of the first 40 minutes and neither team got great goaltending.
  • Gerard Gallant made a curious decision to start Alex Georgiev tonight, but he made the right decision to pull him and bring Igor Shesterkin for the third. Georgiev has not been the same goalie since Igor Shesterkin was called up in January 2020. The Rangers have Keith Kinkaid in Hartford, but I don’t think Georgiev would clear waivers. A team like Buffalo, with all the cap space in the world and no immediate answer in net could claim him. He needs a change of scenery and the Rangers need a more consistent bsackup.
  • That was a second overall pick type of goal that Kaapo Kakko scored tonight. I kept thinking it made sense for him to get moved up to play with Zibanejad and Kreider, but he looks plenty comfortable right now with Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin.
  • Jarred Tinordi played tonight so that he wouldn’t be rusty for the game Wednesday against the Islanders. That is the only reason that makes sense. The Rangers are going to want to try and beat up the Islanders the way the Islanders have been beating up the Ranger and Tinordi was signed for those kind of games. I don’t agree with the decision, but that is the only thing that makes sense about him playing not just over Nils Lundkvist, but also Libor Hajek.
  • It was certainly a strange sight seeing Mika Zibanejad and Gerard Gallant seemingly arguing on the bench as the horn blew. Zibanejad has had an “eh” season so far, but he made the key pass to Ryan Lindgren to win it. It just seems like a weird time to have what seemed like argument, but we will see if anything comes of it. (Gallant said after the game that Zibanejad was angry with the referee and he was trying to calm him down since the game was over.)
  • Next up is the first trip to Belmont and the first meeting of the season with the Islanders.