Rangers Recap Mika Zibanejad Winnipeg Jets

For the first time in franchise history, the Rangers swept a 5 game road trip. The Rangers stars showed up to make that happen. Artemi Panarin had another outstanding performance with a goal, two assists, and making it a point in nine straight games to start the season. We really are looking at a rejuvenated Artemi Panarin who is taking over the game much like he did his first year in New York. We have been wondering where this has been the last couple of years, but I guess he had to go bald for it to come to fruition.

Of course, there were other key players in this game. Chris Kreider scored a power play goal on a deflection in crunch time to tie the game, and Mika Zibanejad continued his goal scoring ways getting the OT winner.

When the Rangers top six remembers that they are stars in this league, the Bleushirts become truly dangerous. They answered the call from over the summer, at least to start the season, and the Rangers look like a completely different team from last season. The tertiary scoring will come soon enough, but it’s great to see the stars playing like stars for now.

In stopping 27 of 29 shots and making some more vintage Igor saves, it looks like Shesterkin has definitely found his groove. The stars carried Igor during his shaky start, something we should be accustomed to in New York since the Henrik Lundqvist days, and now he’s getting his game back.

What a nice video tribute by the Winnipeg Jets organization to Blake Wheeler. Nearly having tears in his eyes, you could see how much it meant to him to get that sort of tribute. He was a huge identity piece for that team for a long time.

With 10 out of 10 road points, your New York Rangers are still first in the Metro division, and they’re finally going to play on Garden ice again in what feels like an eternity. It won’t always be this honky-dory, but it’s been a fun start to this season.