The NY Rangers, playing with just 16 skaters, sure did look like they needed another day off before getting back on the ice. The skated down to the Flyers level for the first two periods, mustering just 28 shot attempts while taking far too many penalties for a team with just 16 skaters for hte game. They also allowed the Flyers to get 8 high danger chances in the second period alone. The Rangers could have folded, but naturally, they did not.
Trailing 2-1 in the third period, the Rangers finally woke up. They clamped down defensively while pressuring the Flyers and finally beat Carter Hart to tie it off a Chris Kreider deflection. That goal wound be it for regulation in a game that rather uneventful. I’m sure the Rangers, who have another game tonight at MSG, would have preferred to end this in regulation, but hopefully they will have a full 18 skaters by then.
But as expected, it was the Rangers who came home with two points off a Tarasenk-goal in overtime. Tarasenko is one of the best at beating set goalies, and he beat Hart clean.
Rangers 1, Flyers 0
The Rangers changed up the look on PP1, with Mika Zibanejad in the bumper spot and Artemi Panarin in Zibanejad’s usual spot. The look clearly confused the Flyers, with Panarin getting respect in faking the shot before the first slot line pass across to Vladimir Tarasenko, which drew the other two Flyers to him, and Zibanejad was wide open for the second slot line pass and the goal.
Flyers 1, Rangers 1
Looks like Adam Fox accidentally swung his stick at a loose puck and knocked it to Owen Tippett in the slot, uncontested.
Flyers 2, Rangers 1
As much as Igor Shesterkin wants this back, the Rangers were way too passive in their own zone. Braden Schneider just sat there as Scott Laughton walked in and roofed it. He needs to at least pretend to force a pass there.
Rangers 2, Flyers 2
The Rangers finally woke up in the third period, and put on a forechecking and cycling clinic leading up to the tying goal. Not quite sure if Ben Harpur missed the puck off the boards or Tarasenko told him to let it go, but either way Chris Kreider was in front, mostly uncontested, to deflect the point shot. Flyers didn’t do a good job tying Kreider up.
Rangers 3, Flyers 2
Tarasenko showed why the Rangers landed him, he’s so good at beating goalies that are already set, and he did just that here. A little shift to the outside to get space, and the Rangers got the second point.