Game Wrap-ups

Rangers tie it late, win in overtime to give Henrik Lundqvist his 455th win for 5th all time

Emotional night to honor Zucc ends with historic win for The King

It was an emotional first period, as the Rangers paid tribute to Mats Zuccarello with a nice video tribute, even if MSG didn’t show the whole thing. But after that, there was a game to play. The Blueshirts jumped out early, but then gave up two straight to the Wild and it looked like the game was going to end in this anticlimactic manner. But then a tying goal from Kreider and an OT winner from DeAngelo, and we have a record setting game.

Overall this was a pretty strong game for the Rangers. They came out slow but still managed a lead. The second was dominated by the Rangers, but one bad shift led to a tie game. They again came out slow in the third, but poured it on late to get that equalizer. This was a good team win on a night where they could have mailed it in emotionally.

Rangers 1, Wild 0

This is the Brady Skjei we want to see. This was a nice little shift to get himself to open ice on his off-hand, getting to the mid-point with wide open space. He was much more assertive with the puck.

Wild 1, Rangers 1

It’s tough to really fault a line when they were gassed. But this goal happens because of their fatigue, thus the mental breakdown. Filip Chytil doesn’t get the man in the high slot, which forces Skjei up to take out the immediate threat. That opens up Zach Parise at the back door.

Wild 2, Rangers 1

Ryan Hartman stripped Pavel Buchnevich here, and the ensuing rush was actually a 2-on-2 because of Chris Kreider’s alertness. But Skjei did the snow angel, and Ryan Donato waited him out, got a better angle, and sniped it.

Rangers 2, Wild 2

Artemi Panarin tried to work with Ryan Strome for the deflection, but Strome’s deflection went off Ryan Suter and right to Chris Kreider in front, who buried it.

Rangers 3, Wild 2

Tony DeAngelo read this defensive switch by the Wild and got a step, which he used to get to center ice and draw Alex Stalock to his left, then fired back to his right.

Shot Heatmap

This was actually a pretty even game with a struggling Wild team. The quality and quantity were pretty even for both teams, which is certainly an improvement from what we’ve seen in the past.

Skater Results

Mostly dull here, which is better than everyone being bad. Boo Nieves looked to have a rough one, but he also barely played. Not much to really see here.

This was a strong team win, helping build on that big comeback against Montreal over the weekend. The Rangers are managing to stay around hockey-.500 without Mika Zibanejad, which is something. They have Carolina and Boston up next, so let’s see how this two game win streak and three wins in four holds up.

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  • Re-post from the prior thread, I’m too lazy to have any other original thoughts, lol:

    While the game was frustrating at times (the Wild is not a very fast team at all), I did like that the Rangers won a close checking, defensively played game. Grinding out a win. So I thought it was a good win in that way.

    Wow, the goalies were very good in this game, both of them. Stalock made several big time stops, the big one on Buch after Buch one-timed a shot right in front. Unreal save, right in front of my seats at that end of the ice. Remarkable.

    Fox, just wow, first pair D man, IMO. Just great acquisition.

    I wish that Fast had a little more offense in his game. Sigh…

    What a great night to be at MSG: Fight against cancer and Zuc’s return. MSG is a money machine, but they do know how to do things right. Between the stories of cancer triumphs and Zuc, there was not a dry eye in the place. Great stuff!!

    Keep it going boys, tomorrow night. LGR!!

  • I think Staal and Girardi taught Skjei that sliding snow angel move on the Donato goal.
    Jacob Trouba needs a day off.
    Tony D goes long stretches where he is invisible, than BAM.
    Howden is beginning to show why he stayed and why Lias went down.
    Lemieux is a coaches dream – 100% effort every shift
    Isn’t it time to sit Smith a game -more than ever with Zib returning

    • “Lemieux is a coaches dream – 100% effort every shift”. Do you think just might be why Quinn put Kakko on a line with him? You know, to show him how he needs to play in the NHL?

    • You mean to tell me that the stat geeks got another one wrong? No way! Can’t be.

      Look at all the players we missed out on that the stat geeks insisted we go after.

      Raffi Diaz = out of the league

      Alex Semin= out of the league

      Nail Yakupov = out of the league

      Emerson Etem = out of the league

      There are many others.

  • Can’t wait to get Zibanejad back! O, Baby!
    Panarin’s a beast, O’ Baby!
    Adam Fox, Not to distant All-Star, O, Baby!
    Shesty on the way, O Baby!
    The pieces are being neatly put in place and the youngest team in the league, to boot!,

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