- Jacob Trouba (4) (Power Play) Assists: Nils Lundkvist (3), Kaapo Kakko (4)
- Dryden Hunt (3) Assists: Artemi Panarin (17), Adam Fox (18)
- Chris Kreider (16) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (13), Kaapo Kakko (5)
- Morgan Frost (1) Assists: Cam Atkinson (5), Claude Giroux (11)
- Artemi Panarin (Empty Net)
- 3: Kaapo Kakko
- 2: Jacob Trouba
- 1: Igor Shesterkin
- The first 35 minutes or so seemed like one of these games that the Rangers were just going to win. They were dominating, forcing the Flyers into mistakes and a third of the way towards repeating last season’s drubbing of the Flyers.
- Then Dryden Hunt was called for that questionably major, the Rangers killed it off, but after that the Flyers were the better team in the second period. The third was pretty even, but in the end it was Igor Shesterkin who kept the Flyers at bay and carried the Rangers to another win.
- Shesterkin was outstanding and was enormous on the penalty kills where the Flyers were just firing the puck and getting some good chances. The chants of his name at MSG are more than deserved and at some point Shesterkin’s name is going to start coming up not just in the Vezina conversation, but in the Hart Trophy conversation as well.
- Kaapo Kakko had a huge game, two assists and was probably the most noticeable forward. I’m not sure if this was his natural progression as a player or if Gerard Gallant deserves a lot of the credit, but this is the Kakko that the Rangers thought they were drafting.
- Again, maybe it’s Gallant or him just becoming more comfortable in his third year, but Jacob Trouba has been having a really good season and scored again tonight. He’ll never be worth his $8 million cap hit because he’ll never get the offensive chances that Adam Fox gets, but this is the best he’s looked as a Ranger.
- Through that first 35 minutes or so it really felt like the Rangers had their top six. Kreider, Zibanejad and Kakko are flowing well and Dryden Hunt has been a perfect fit with Strome and Panarin. If Hunt can continue to play well with those two then the need for another top-nine forward won’t be as pressing.
- The schedule picks up again with a back to back this weekend and then three in four nights next week. The next four are non-conference, but San Jose, on Friday, has been playing well, two against the struggling Blackhawks and then the Rangers see the Avs for the first time since the day before the league shut down in March 2020.