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2022 New York Rangers Playoffs

Rangers beat Caps 3-2 to finish regular season

First Period:

Second Period:

  • Filip Chytil (8) Assists: Braden Schneider (8), Kaapo Kakko (10)
  • Justin Schultz (4) Assists: Trevor van Riemsdyk (16)
  • John Carlson (17) (Power Play) Assists: T.J. Oshie (14), Evgeny Kuznetsov (54)
  • Alexis Lafreniere (19) Assists: Ryan Strome (33), Braden Schneider (9)

Third Period:


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  • Dryden Hunt (6) Assists: Kaapo Kakko (11), Adam Fox (63)

Three Stars:

  • 3: Braden Schneider
  • 2: Alex Georgiev
  • 1: Dryden Hunt

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Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • So it will be Pittsburgh.
  • I was pretty surprised that all of those players came back into the lineup tonight. I understand they wanted to play and they didn’t want to even sit out on Wednesday, but this game meant nothing to the Rangers…. unless Gerard Gallant was dissatisfied enough with how the Rangers have been playing on their recent slide and wanted to get pretty much the full team in to try and play a better game heading into the playoffs. It seemed like they were about to come out of it totally unscathed and then Ryan Lindgren blocked a shot and struggled to get back to his skates. It all just seemed like a bit of an unnecessary risk to take.
  • That was some sort of move by Dryden Hunt in the third period. It was so nice that even though I saw the 29 on his jersey and knew it was Hunt, I still thought it was Alexis Lafreniere.
  • I wish he would have gotten to 20 goals just for the round number, but 19-even strength goals for Alexis Lafreniere is a pretty good sophomore season. It was certainly up and down at times and we haven’t seen him be the playmaker that he was in Junior hockey, but I think we saw enough good stretches and big flashes for this to be a pretty good first full season in the NHL.
  • Two assists for Kaapo Kakko and if he and Lafreniere play like they have been, or even take a small step forward, the Rangers would have three good scoring lines and a nice, young, potential match up problem for teams.
  • This was likely, as long as Igor Shesterkin doesn’t get hurt or pulled during a game in the playoffs, Alex Georgiev’s last appearance with the Rangers. He finished the season nicely and hopefully the Rangers can get something for him after the playoffs and send him to a place where he could get a chance to start.
  • So that does it for the regular season and it was a pretty damn good one. I certainly had my reservations about how good this team was in the first half of the year, but over the last couple of months they’ve become a much stronger team and while Igor Shesterkin is still their most important, and often best, player, collectively as a team they played a much more consistent brand of hockey. Where it goes from here is TBD, but this was a fun regular season after a couple of truncated almost playoff-Covid seasons and 3.5 rebuilding seasons.
  • I also have to give Gerard Gallant a lot of credit. Every button he seemed to push this season worked. I didn’t understand some of his processes and plans, like how he didn’t speak to most of the players until they came to training camp and how, at least publicly, he would almost always find the one positive in a poor performance, speak about that and move on. But it all worked. His positivity and the belief he drilled into them that they were never out of any game and that they could beat anyone helped shape the Rangers through the first part of the year and then took hold as they found their consistency and kept winning. He had a hell of a season and deserves a ton of credit and praise for hos this season turned out.
  • Chris Drury also deserves a lot of credit for the moves he made as a first time GM that replaced his mentor and person who brought him back into the Rangers organization. Barclay Goodrow more than earned his big contract this season, Ryan Reaves had a big impact as a leader in the locker room and, possibly, as a deterrent. Then he remade the top-six with his deadline acquisitions and fortified a forward group that was being taxed do to due and injury issues. He showed he was more than ready to be a big time GM and that bodes well for the Rangers moving forward.
  • So the Rangers started this season with a loss in Washington and end it at home againstWashington with a win.