- Jonathan Marchessault (17) (Power Play) Assists: Reilly Smith (16), Nicolas Roy (12)
- Chris Kreider (21) Assists: Kaapo Kakko (7), Mika Zibanejad (20)
- Mark Stone (7) Assists: Chandler Stephenson (25), Evgenii Dadonov (8)
- Mattias Janmark (7) Assists: Ben Hutton (6), Keegan Kolesar (11)
- Brett Howden (4) Assists: Dylan Coghlan (8), Nolan Patrick (1)
- Jonathan Marchessault (18) Assists: Reilly Smith (17)
- The Rangers had a decent first period and that was about it. Vegas dominated the last two periods and played at a level and tempo that the Rangers could not match.
- You’d see the Rangers clear the puck, look down for a half-second and then see it back in their zone and Vegas pressuring. Vegas was just all over the Rangers, won every loose puck battle, forced the Rangers into mistakes and countered. They were just thoroughly outplayed in the final two periods.
- Vegas is a legit Stanley Cup contender and a game like this shows how far the Ranger still need to go.
- This loss doesn’t erase the wins from Sunday or Monday, Friday’s win was the “found a way” variety, or how they played, but it’s a reminder, like most of the other games against playoff teams, that the Rangers are only starting their journey to being competitive. As high as the Rangers are in the standings and as good as their record is they are still giving up too many chances, too many shots and spending too much time in their own zone. When scoring off the rush doesn’t work or their goaltending doesn’t bail them they look a lot like the team from tonight.
- I don’t put much of this on Alex Georgiev. He was fine and got little to no help from the players in front of him.
- Next up is slated to be the Ducks on Saturday but the Ducks had a game postponed tonight due to Covid, so that is probably a bit up in the air at the moment.