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Rangers battle back and Shesterkin leads them to 6-3 win over Leafs

First Period:

  • Ilya Mikheyev (6) Assists: Pierre Engvall (1)
  • Mitchell Marner (8) (Power Play) Assists: John Tavares (21), William Nylander (21)
  • Ryan Reaves (1) Assists: Adam Fox (35), Greg McKegg (3)
  • Michael Bunting (9) Assists: Mitchell Marner (17), Auston Matthews (16)

Second Period:

  • Ryan Reaves (2) Assists: Jacob Trouba (11), K’Andre Miller (5)
  • Adam Fox (6) Assists: Artemi Panarin (29), Ryan Strome (21)

Third Period:


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  • Ryan Strome (9) Assists: Ryan Lindgren (4), Artemi Panarin (30)
  • Chris Kreider (25) Assists: Jacob Trouba (12), Mika Zibanejad (22)
  • Adam Fox (7) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (23)

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Adam Rotter:

  • They find a way again on the back of the fourth line and, of course, Igor Shesterkin.
  • I didn’t think either team was particularly sharp. The Leafs jumped out early with two quick goals and popped in a third, but it seemed like they stopped playing and that let the Rangers find their game a bit and battle back after a terrible start. The Leafs have struggled to defend leads and the Rangers were able to chip away, get a bounce or two, and ultimately the two points.
  • Shesterkin was outstanding in the spurts where the Leafs had chances in the second and third. He kept the game close and then he kept the Rangers in the lead. I think that I still tend to maybe be too critical of this team and don’t believe that their play matches up perfectly with their record, but maybe this is who the Rangers are. Maybe they are a team that, because they have arguably the best goalie in the world and an ability to score quickly and in bunches, they can afford to just find ways to win. I’m not sure how well it works down the stretch and into the playoffs, but it is working for them.
  • The Rangers have been searching for a fourth line, or a complement of bottom-six players that are physical and hard to play against, for years and Ryan Reaves is the leader of that group. The Rangers certainly don’t rely on him for scoring, but he’s had a massive impact on and off the ice as a leader. I didn’t think the Rangers needed Reaves, and certainly didn’t feel the need to extend him, after making some of the other moves they made, but I was wrong. He’s loved by his teammates, hits, is trusted by Gerard Gallant and he always makes the most of the ice time, however limited it may be some nights. He has endeared himself to the fans and that is before his, still inevitable, showdown with Tom Wilson. He’s a big part of the fourth line with Kevin Rooney and the rotation of Greg McKegg, Dryden Hunt and sometimes Barclay Goodrow. That line was the Rangers best tonight and they have been solid all season long.
  • Next up is the biggest test of the season so far for the Rangers as they head to Carolina. The Hurricanes get overlooked because they are the Hurricanes but they have the best goal differential in the league, play fast, are deep, and have four games in hand on the Rangers. This is the first of four against Carolina, the other three coming in March and April, but this is the match-up we’ve been waiting for.