This was an example of a playoff contender in the middle of his best role of the season who took notice of a ramshackle follower early on. These were the Rangers who put the wood down almost before they could process New York’s two goals within the 6:39 opening and three within the 12:00 opening.
Most of the time there was no must and not much Fuss, though David Quinn was so upset by parts of his team’s second period that the coach juggled every single one of his line combinations for the first 10 minutes of the third period of this 4- 0 win in the garden, with Igor Shesterkin becoming the first Rangers rookie. Netminder was the one who recorded successive failures since Lorne Chabot in the franchise’s 1926-27 opening season.
Perhaps these missteps were in the mind of Artemi Panarin, who spoke of it after a typically brilliant goal-and-two-assist game Clean up details as the Rangers continue to chase the uncooperative Bruins in the hunt for the division’s final playoff spot.
There’s still a four point gap since the time t expires. The Rangers have 13 games left and the Bruins, who beat the Islanders 4-1 at home. 15 are still on the agenda.
« Of course it’s nice to dominate a game, but it wasn’t ideal, » said No. 10, whose left-hand drive was driven by a precise cross-ice two-on-one Feed by Ryan Strome his team increased to the early 3 -0 lead. « We have to work on some details and make [improvements] for some very serious games.
» I would say less sales on the blue line. In general, of course, this game was fun to play, but I’m probably in the front row of those freebies so I’m realizing. We have to tighten that, play a little better defensively, very seriously. “
Panarin, whose words had been relayed by the interpreter Nik Bobrov, director of the European Scouting Club, then cut him off in English.
The Rangers – 6-1-2 in the last nine – have two more this weekend against the Devils who just won’t be able to hang out with the big boys as long as the other side makes an honest effort. No offense to the talented young athletes and seasoned professionals on their side, but the roster is similar to a glorified AHL roster. The Blueshirts will have to score four points this weekend to even have a chance of overtaking Boston.
There were two goals from the back end, Jacob Trouba defeating Mackenzie Blackwood from close range, just 47 seconds into the game before Ryan Lindgren scored his first game in 98 games since November 10, 2019 by scoring the 2-0 goal slot at 6:39.
In the last week the dynamics of the backend have changed slightly, because the Trouba-K’Andre Miller couple was given the same responsibility as the Lindgren-Adam-Fox tandem, whose game had dropped many times over.
Maybe Lindgren was beaten up or a little tired. Perhaps Fox had been seduced by points. But there has been a flattening from the two sophomores. Meanwhile, Trouba has played his best hockey as a ranger and has improved like late last year.
After Fox led the team in 34 of the first 39 games (one of which he missed) in the Ice Age, Trouba has the Club got on their toes in three of their last four games, including this 23:44. « He brings a lot of things to the table that we don’t have, » Quinn said of Trouba. « This guy is a setback for his approach to the game in many ways.
» What is underrated about him is his puck ability – I think he makes a great outlet pass – and he plays hard and creates a mentality in our locker room. He means a lot to us on and off the ice. People are talking about the leadership he’s taken on this year, but I definitely like what’s going on on the ice. «
The even goals from Trouba and Lindgren represented the club’s 11th and 12th place in their last 23 games. The Blue Liners had scored three goals with even strength in their first 20 competitions.
« You need all five guys involved, and we definitely ask our D to be involved, » said Quinn. « At the beginning of the year I don’t think we did that, but we are now and we are being aggressively rewarded. »
The Rangers did what they needed. They took care of business. The mandate is to do it again on Saturday and then on Sunday.
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