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2022-23 Rangers Regular Season

Rangers beat Panthers 5-3

First Period:

  • Mika Zibanejad (17) (Power Play) Assists: Artemi Panarin (33), Adam Fox (29)

Second Period:

  • Mika Zibanejad (18) Assists: Kaapo Kakko (7), Braden Schneider (5)
  • Nick Cousins (4) Assists: Eric Staal (6), Josh Mahura (5)
  • Chris Kreider (17) Assists: Kaapo Kakko (8), Adam Fox (30)
  • Sam Bennett (8) (Power Play) Assists: Carter Verhaeghe (13), Gustav Forsling (19)

Third Period:


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  • Vincent Trocheck (13) (Power Play) Assists: Chris Kreider (11)
  • Eric Staal (4) Unassisted
  • Artemi Panarin (10) Assists: Vincent Trocheck (17), Ben Harpur (2)

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Adam Rotter:

  • Nice to start 2023 off with a win and to pick up points three and four off the two game swing to Florida.
  • The big guys showed up and produced tonight. Mika Zibanejad had two goals, Chris Kreider had two points, Adam Fox had two and Artemi Panarin had two.
  • At first I was surprised that Jaro Halak got the start, but he has to play and he played well enough tonight and made some big saves. It’s hard to go with anyone other than Igor Shesterkin when every game seems to big, but if the Rangers can rely on Halak to at least get them points, if not wins, than they will be a much stronger team in the second half.
  • Kaapo Kakko certainly looked comfortable and nice on the top line with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. His patience and poise on those two passes was awesome to see. Kakko still doesn’t turn 22 until mid-February and he definitely looks like he is turning a corner and taking his next step forward.
  • There have been times this season when Jacob Trouba has been bumped to the third pair because of his play, but at some point he might get bumped to the third pair so that Braden Schneider can get more minutes. He just continues to impress in all aspects of the game.
  • The PP scored twice, but not in the traditional PP way as the puck slipped off Mika Zibanejad’s stick on a mini-breakaway and Vincent Trocheck’s was off the rush on a 2 on 1/2 on 2 rush.
  • Next up is a huge test against Carolina. The Hurricanes have won 11 in a row, raced to the top spot in the division and created some distance between them and the five teams separated by five points below them.