Rangers beat Columbus 5-4 in shootout

First Period:

  • Mika Zibanejad Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • Cam Atkinson (Power Play) Assists: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Seth Jones

Second Period:

  • Pavel Buchnevich Assists: Jimmy Vesey
  • Chris Kreider Assists: Kevin Hayes, Tony DeAngelo
  • Pierre-Luc Dubois Assists: Seth Jones, Artemi Panarin
  • Nick Foligno Assists: Boone Jenner, Markus Nutivaara
  • Alexander Wennberg (Short Handed) Assists: Seth Jones
  • Jimmy Vesey Assists: Kevin Hayes, Kevin Shattenkirk

Third Period:



  • Atkinson: GOAL
  • Zibanejad: GOAL
  • Panarin: STOPPED
  • Shattenkirk: GOAL
  • Dubois: GOAL
  • Spooner: STOPPED
  • Duclair: STOPPED
  • Hayes: STOPPED
  • Bjorkstrand: STOPPED
  • Vesey: GOAL


Adam Rotter:

  • This was a sloppy game from both teams but it ends with the Rangers on top despite another blown two goal lead.
  • Alex Georgiev just continues to impress with his poise and comfort in net. Columbus put on a big push in the third and he was up to the task then, in OT and for most of the shutout.
  • The Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey we saw tonight are the players that the Rangers would love to lock up long-term and build around. Besides the goals and assists, both were super engaged and played to the high level David Quinn and the organization want. They may not be able to be those guys 82 times during the season, but can they be them 65 to 70 times? That is what will determine their future as part of the rebuild.
  • Tony DeAngelo has also been impressive lately. He has that edge and grit, on top of his offensive ability, and certainly looks like someone who has pushed his way into the Rangers top-six.
  • So the Rangers get 3 out of 4 points this weekend and there are good things to take out of the weekend and there are things that need to be worked on. Defending a lead seems like the kind of thing you can only really practice when the situation comes up in a game. They can outline a structure that they think will work, but until they can execute it consistently it will remain an issue.

Brendan Smith scratched against Columbus

5:35PM: David Quinn announced that Brendan Smith is a healthy scratch tonight against Columbus and will be replaced in the lineup by Freddy Claesson. (Giannone)

Vinni Lettieri is also scratched and replaced by Cody McLeod. (Giannone)

Alex Georgiev is in net, Lias Andersson will remain on the wing but is being moved up in the lineup. (Cyrgalis)

The fourth line is McLeod, Filip Chytil and Ryan Spooner. (Cyrgalis)




The Rangers “wilted” and “cheated the game” in the third period

Following tonight’s loss to Detroit, David Quinn spoke after the game and said (MSG):

What frustrated you most, “Just how we wilted. You’d think we’d learn lessons so far…we just cheated the game and when you cheat the game with a 2-0 lead, you get that result. We’ve gotta learn lessons, you can’t cheat the game.”

Should players at this level know how to play with a lead, “they should know but you can’t assume anything at any level. You have a 2-0 lead and their first goal changes everything, all of the momentum changes, we are on our heels. Still, we cheated, our mindset cheats, we cheated and we got what we deserved.”

What do you mean by cheated, “When there is a 50/50 puck we are thinking offense, making hope plays when we don’t need to, forcing plays, didn’t spend enough time in the offensive zone. Every time we are in the offensive zone we are looking to score a goal immediately instead of possessing it and understanding the situation. You don’t want to play safe but you want to play smart and we didn’t do that.”

Was the tying goal similar to the LA goal, “exactly what happened against LA. We come on the ice and stand in the neutral zone and they walk up the ice.”


Red Wings defeat Rangers 3-2 in OT

First Period:

Second Period:

  • Kevin Shattenkirk (Power Play) Assists: Tony DeAngelo, Kevin Hayes
  • Neal Pionk (Power Play) Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich

Third Period:

  • Justin Abdelkader Assists: Gustav Nyquist
  • Andreas Athanasiou Assists: Frans Nielsen, Niklas Kronwall


  • Dylan Larkin Assists: Andreas Athanasiou, Mike Green


Adam’s Thoughts:

  • There are no “good” losses but there are certainly “bad” losses and this was one for the Rangers.
  • They had this game in hand going to the third and then they allow an early goal, a late goal and have a terrible OT that leads to Detroit’s winning goal.
  • 3 on 3 is hectic, and there is a long change, but Kevin Shattenkirk was on for the final 1:56 which included him icing the puck. That is certainly not the ideal situation.
  • Henrik Lundqvist had every reason to smash his stick on the crossbar after the winner in OT. He was strong, as was Jimmy Howard, but his teammates did him no favors by backing up on the tying goal and their defense on the winner.
  • You know that the Rangers are going to have games like this, but the frustrating part is that Brendan Smith’s gaffe leads to the first goal, they make the same mistake they did against LA by backing up and not pressuring in the neutral zone and then Shattenkirk and Zibanejad, while likely exhausted, don’t defend the winner properly. There are some young players on the ice when these moments happen but for the most part it’s the veteran players who are letting these things happen.
  • It’s also not as if the Rangers gave up a third period lead and lost in OT to a contender or a team that is vastly better. The Red Wings are in pretty much the same spot as the Rangers and it’s another part of what makes this one sting. The Rangers let this one get away and, as a group, they will need to learn from it and get better.

Tony DeAngelo has been producing since getting into the lineup

Since returning to the Rangers lineup, after being out for six games, Tony DeAngelo has 1 goal, 3 assists and 6 shots on goal.

He is averaging 17:38 since returning and 18:25 overall on the season.

David Quinn said earlier this week that DeAngelo has “played well” and “done a lot of good things”. (NY Post)

Quinn noted that he has liked how DeAngelo has moved the puck, defended and believes he can be a “well-rounded” player.” (NY Post)

He adds that DeAngelo has been “very coachable” and can handle bigger players because of his quickness and stick. (NY Post)


Updates from Rangers practice on Thursday

4:30PM: Zuccarello won’t make the trip this weekend but Jesper Fast and Brett Howden are both ready to play on Friday. (NYR)

Henrik Lundqvist is slated to start tomorrow and the plan is for he and Alex Georgiev to split the weekend games. (NYR)

1:23PM: Boo Nieves was sent to Hartford.

12:31PM: Mats Zuccarello is not skating today at practice and is being listed as day to day with a groin injury. (NYR)

Jesper Fast is also not skating with what the team is calling a maintenance day. (NYR)

Brett Howden is on the ice at practice today. (Cyrgalis)

The lines being used at practice today are (Cyrgalis):

  • Vlad Namestnikov, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner
  • Jimmy Vesey, Brett Howden, Cody McLeod
  • Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson, Vinni Lettieri

Brady Skjei is skating with Tony DeAngelo, Marc Staal is skating with Neal Pionk and Brendan Smith is skating with Kevin Shattenkirk.