It has been an absolutely wild two weeks in Rangerstown, NYC. When we last checked in with the Broadway Blueshirts they were 6-3-3 but they were coming off a demoralizing loss to the Calgary Flames. Their record was good but it seemed like they were about to fall apart. That couldnt be further from the truth. Since that game against the Flames the Rangers are now 11-4-3 and are solidly in third in the Metropolitan Division. Now lets go back and see how we got here!
New York Rangers vs. Florida Panthers – 11/8/21
Igor Shesterkin saved the day here and thatś really the story of this game. The Rangers did score four times but they were outshot 45 to 18 and they nearly gave the game away in the final minutes. Chris Kreider and Adam Fox scored in the first to continue their so far dominant seasons. Kreider has been a revelation this year and is on pace for a career year under coach Gerard Gallant. Adam Fox is generational. The second period featured a highlight end to end goal from K´Andre Miller that showed how dynamic he can be on the blueline and Ryan Strome score as well for a 4-0 lead. The third period was a mess and the game ended with a 4-3 Rangers win. Even with that win, the team badly needed to work on their game.
New York Rangers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – 11/13/21
Its always fun when a player returns to a city that he left, absolutely lights them up and has fun doing it. Artemi Panarin is a bonafide superstar and in yet another return to the team he spurned three summers ago, he scored twice and was a huge part of a nice turnaround win for the Rangers. Chris Kreider (surprise,surprise) scored two more goals added to his team lead and bringing his total to 11 on the year! Just some amazing play from the big American power forward this year. Adam Fox added two more assists to his total and its very clearly looking like he is going to win a second straight Norris trophy. The Rangers never really allowed the Blue Jackets to be a threat and they wonthe game 5-3 on the back of Igor Shesterkin once again. This was a nice win after almost giving one away last game.
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils – 11/14/21
This may have take the cake as the most fun Rangers win all season. Win against a rival? Check. Win in dramatic fashion? Check. The start of a Kaapo Kakko breakout? Check. Alexis Lafreniere scoring? Check. Adam Fox being Adam Fox? Check.
The Devils would lead 1-0 after one but the second period was much more even with the teams ending it tied at two. Adam Fox would score a nasty backhander and Alexis Lafreniere would tap home a rebound to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. Dougie Hamilton would send a snipe past Alexandar Georgiev to knot the game at two. The third period was awesome and the main reason was Kaapo Kakko.
Kakko came into this game with no points on the season but that would change when he would score on a beautiful rush to the net where he would finish off a great 2-on-1 play with Ryan Strome. Kakko would deke around the Devils goaltender and pot his first goal of the season. Just a beautiful way to get on the board. The Rangers need Kakko to be a big part of the squad to have success. The Devils would tie things up late and then overtime would end scoreless. Onto a shootout we went where we got a sick (SCORPION) save from Alexander Georgiev and seven rounds of fun. Panarin, Kakko, Strome and Kreider would score in the shootout to give the Rangers a 4-3 win. Just an awesome night at the Garden.
New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens – 11/16/21
I was lucky enough to be in attendance for this one with some friends and this was yet another fun win to be apart of. The Rangers would come out firing and very much looked like the better team throughout the course of the game. Kaapo Kakko scored yet again after snapping home a gorgeous feed from Artemi Panarin for a 1-0 Rangers lead. That’s now a two game point streak for the young Finn. Christian Dvorak would score a lucky tally in the second to tie the game but the Rangers would strike back and strike back quick. Michael Pezzetta of the Canadiens would make the mistake of challenging none other than Rangers fan favorite Ryan Reaves to a fight where he of course would get absolutely obliterated by the elder statesman. Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad would take advantage of the energy surge the fight provided and team up to get Kreider his 12th goal of the season. Kreider has been unstoppable this year.
Julien Gauthier scored his first goal of the season and my god was it a beauty. He stripped the puck off a Canadiens player and while falling down back handed the puck top cheese on their goaltender. Just a stunning goal for the young kid who looks like hes starting to put it together. The Canadiens would score just a few second after to cut the lead to 3-2 but that would be it as the Rangers would win yet again and improve to 10-3-3 on the year.
New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – 11/18/21
The Rangers win streak would be halted here as the Maple Leafs would ride 27 saves from Jack Campbell and two goals from Morgan Reilly to give them a 2-1 win. Dryden Hunt scored his first as a Ranger with the assists going to Kappo Kakko (three game point streak!) and Ryan Strome. The Rangers played extremely well this game and even though it was a loss the team looked aggressive and hung with one of the best teams in the NHL. Gerard Gallant praised his team’s effort after the loss saying that “if they play that way, they’re gonna win a lot more games.” The saying is you can’t win them all and this was one game that the Rangers saw they could hang with the best but that they still have some work to do.
New York Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres – 11/21/21
Remember how I said the win against the Devils was the most exciting all season? Yeah well… this one might have the title now. This was a back and forth offensive explosion of a game and it was seriously fun to watch (although I’m sure coach Gallant will have a different opinion then mine). Rasmus Asplund and Chris Kreider (shocking I know) scored four minutes apart in the first period. The teams would head to the locker room tied at one. Kreider continues to be a machine this year. The second period would be one of the most wild period of NHL hockey all season.
Vinnie Hinostroza would score early in the second off of an AWFUL turnover from Jarred Tinordi, who should probably never set foot on NHL ice again. He’s that bad. Jacob Trouba would score on a rebound to tie the game at two around eight minutes into the second. Some Rangers fans really get on Trouba but he has actually had a great year and has been really solid defensively. Then at 12:07 of the second the madness would truly begin. Within 1:22 of playing time, the lead would change hands twice and the score would go back to being tied.
Kaapo Kakko extended his point streak to four games with a filthy goal in close. Kakko seems to be in the midst of a breakout and man is it fun to watch. Just 50 second later Tage Thompson would snipe the puck through Jarred Tinordi’s legs and past Alexandar Georgiev for a 3-3 tie. 15 seconds later Rasmus Dahlin would slap the puck past Georgiev for a 4-3 Sabres lead. 17 seconds after that, K’Andre Miller would snap the puck from the blueline past the Aaron Dell to tie the game at four. Wild wild sequence of hockey. We would enter the third period tied at four.
The third period was dominated by the Rangers but the game seemed destined for overtime. The Sabres did all the could to trap the puck in the corner over the waning seconds of regulation but Chris Krider would dig the puck out, slide it to Norris winning Adam Fox who would pass it to Mika Zibanejad. Zibanejad would find a sneaking Ryan Lindgren and slide the puck to him. Lindgren would score with 0.4 seconds left on the clock to deliver a 5-4 win for the Rangers! Absolutely exciting win.
Rangers record: 11-4-3!