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Rangers get three in the third and beat Boston 5-2

First Period:

  • Craig Smith (2) Unassisted
  • Ryan Strome (3) Assists: Dryden Hunt (2), Artemi Panarin (16)

Second Period:

  • Patrice Bergeron (8) Assists: Brad Marchand (14), Matt Grzelcyk (3)
  • Dryden Hunt (2) Assists: Adam Fox (16), Ryan Lindgren (2)

Third Period:


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  • Artemi Panarin (5) Assists: Ryan Strome (11), Julien Gauthier (2)
  • Alexis Lafreniere (5) Assists: Adam Fox (17), Julien Gauthier (3)
  • Jacob Trouba (3) Unassisted

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Adam Rotter:

  • The Rangers certainly got better in the second half of the game, but this win still goes to Igor Shesterkin because it could have easily been 4-0 after the first period and instead it was 1-1.
  • The first half of the game was very reminiscent of the first 10 or so games of the year where the Rangers were only in games because of Shesterkin. This team has consistently been able to find ways to win and they did it again today with the Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Dryden Hunt line accounting for the first two goals and then Julien Gauthier stepping in for Hunt on a change and working with those two for the winner.
  • Boston certainly came this close to tying the game in the few minutes after Panarin scored, but the Rangers did defend that lead, got another and won. I’m still not 100% confident in the Rangers ability to defend late leads, but today they did it for nearly half the third period against a Boston team that seems to score late all the time and that is a good sign.
  • Julien Gauthier continues to take steps in a positive direction. He had his regular strong move or two to the net, but it’s the two assists today that really stand out. Maybe Artemi Panarin is the only one who can bat in his pass on that goal, but he made a great play to Alexis Lafreniere for the fourth goal.
  • Chris Kreider nearly scored on the lacross-style goal and that just shows how confident he is right now. He is not one of the first 5-7 names that would come to mind as players on the Rangers who might try that but pretty much everything he has been putting toward the net has been going in, so why not?
  • It’s three in a row again, seven wins in their last eight games and a rematch on Sunday against that preseason version of the Islanders.