The Rangers came into last night’s game against St. Louis off one of their worst losses of the year. They came out strong against St. Louis, but then surrendered two quick goals and the game seemed out of control before the first period ended. It was set to be another loss.
Two quick strikes by Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich tied the game in the second. Then Jimmy Vesey scored the winner early in the third, with Chris Kreider adding insurance in the final ten seconds. Alex Georgiev made another 40+ save performance, stopping 44 of 46 shots in the win. The Bulgarian Brute is showing he’s no fluke, that’s for sure.
Blues 1, Rangers 0
Looks like Georgeiv’s skate came off the post for a second, and Vlad Tarasenko stuffed the puck in. Probably one the kid wants back.
Blues 2, Rangers 0
Brendan Smith turnover, quick David Perron goal. Georgiev had no chance here.
Blues 2, Rangers 1
Another turnover here, this time by Pat Maroon. Vlad Namestnikov got stopped by Jonathan Binnington on the initial chance, but there was chaos in front and Strome was able to bang home the rebound.
Rangers 2, Blues 2
Colton Parayko fell off the Kreider pressure, leading to a quick strike for Mika Zibanejad and Buchnevich, with Buch getting his 19th of the season.
Rangers 3, Blues 2
Vinni Lettieri forced Jay Bouwmeester into a turnover behind the net, and then fed Brett Howden for a quick chance. Vesey was there for the rebound and the eventual winner.
Rangers 4, Blues 2
Kreider empty netter.
This was domination by the Blues, but again Georgiev was the difference. The kid has it, what else can I say? The Rangers were absolutely crushed in the second and third periods, to the tune of 70% of the shot share in the second and 80% in the third. Woof.
We are down to the Foxwoods Final Five, kicking off Sunday afternoon against Philly. The first painful year of the official rebuild will be done. Hopefully not the first of many.