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Chytil and Howden score as Rangers beat Canucks 2-1

First Period:

  • Nikolay Goldobin Assists: Tyler Motte, Ben Hutton
  • Filip Chytil (Power Play) Assists: Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk

Second Period:

Third Period:

  • Brett Howden Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Jesper Fast

Three Stars:

  • 3: Nikolay Goldobin
  • 2: Brett Howden
  • 1: Filip Chytil

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • Well, for the first of, hopefully, hundreds of times down the road, the Rangers got goals from Filip Chytil and Brett Howden in the same game. It’s only going to get better when those two score in the same game and Lias Andersson gets on the board as well.
  • Filip Chytil finally got his goal and looked, tonight, like the special player we have seen flashes of. His next few games will be really fun to monitor since he finally put one in the net and looked really good when he was with Zibanejad and Namestnikov.
  • I’m guessing that Chytil stays in that spot for the next game and that Lias Andersson gets bumped to be the fourth line center, at least to start, if Mats Zuccarello returns.
  • The result was the kind of thing you want to see from the Rangers this season, (a win where Henrik Lundqvist was good and they were led on the scoresheet by the future) but by no means was this a great game by them. It took them a while to get going but they were really good in the third and got the win. You hope that the Rangers get more games like this moving forward (wins, strong play from Henrik, and scoring/defense from the young guys) but that the result comes from a better overall game.

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Updates prior to the game against Vancouver

Mats Zuccarello us unlikely to play tonight against the Canucks but David Quinn said that he might be good to go on Thursday. (Stephenson)

Brendan Smith remains as a scratch on defense. (Stephenson)

The lines used at the morning skate were (Stephenson):

  • Namestnikov, Zibanejad, Spooner
  • Kreider, Hayes, Andersson
  • Vesey, Howden, Fast
  • McLeod, Chytil, Lettieri

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Pavel Buchnevich out 4-6 weeks with broken thumb

Pavel Buchnevich suffered a broken thumb in Saturday’s win over Columbus and will be out 4-6 weeks.

Buchnevich had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s game with 2 shots on goal and a total of 15:41 of ice time.

He played 5:38 in the first, 5:18 in the second and 4:45 in the third with his last shift ending with 1:10 remaining in the game.

He didn’t take a shift in OT or participate in the shootout.

Buchnevich had points in three-straight games.

Adam Rotter: Doesn’t it seem like this is what always happens? The extremely talented but inconsistent player seems, at least in a small sample size, like he is putting things together and then he gets hurt. Buchnevich, after being scratched twice, looked like he was getting the message of how David Quinn wanted him to play and he was looking good. Now the Rangers will be without Buchnvevich for at least a month. You can only hope that when he returns he brings the same level he has the last few games.


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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:

Overtime:

Shootout:

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

Stats:

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.

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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)

 

 


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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.”


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