Los Angeles Kings (1) / Rangers (4) Game Thoughts

This game was the Igor Shesterkin show. Despite the final score, the offense took a little bit of time to get going in this one. But enough of the introductions, let’s get to the thoughts on tonight’s game shall we?

  • There are not enough words in the English language to describe how good Igor Shesterkin is. Not only has he entered a conversation in being the heir in goal, but a contender in most important to this team. 42 save performances don’t just grow on trees. He has been everything that was promised.
  • Greg McKegg heater incoming just in time for the trade deadline? What a guy…
  • Despite the Rangers giving up as many shots as they did tonight, there were only 6-7 that felt like true, high-danger scoring chances. Everything else was LA attempting to shoot and create rebounds, which Igor was not giving up in large capacity.
  • We skip ahead to the third period as that was where the majority of the action really started to take place.
  • Kakko has been playing much better since coming back from the all-star break, but what makes his goal in the 3rd possible is an immaculate pass by Filip Chytil down low all while being battled by MacDermid. A beautiful one-timer in a high-danger scoring area, and he got all of it. Think he’s in for one monster of a second half.
  • Panarin broke his little slump with a bat-in goal off a Strome shot pass on a 2-on-1 that was created by Panarin’s hand-eye coordination in the defensive end from a hand pass. While he wasn’t on the score sheet the last couple of games, Panarin was not without his chances. Even in this one in the 2nd, he got fed a great pass from Strome by the half-wall to the slot, but Quick made a good save.
  • With a score of 3-1, LA pulled their goalie the final 2 minutes. DeAngelo made no mistake in hitting nothing but net from his own end to put the team up 4-1.
  • With every point, DeAngelo is severely pricing himself out of this team. His arbitration case is going to be insane. While it’s great for him and his career, it’s going to get very interesting to see how Gorton either will sell DeAngelo’s career year, or pony up the cash to keep him–while keeping in mind Lundkvist, Trouba, Keane, Skinner, and Adam Fox are also all other right-handed defensive options going forward in this organization.
  • Great game, great performance by the team.