The New York Rangers go into tonight’s game against the Philidelphia Flyers looking to end the four-game losing streak they find themselves in. With Artemi Panarin returning to the lineup, the Rangers will have extra firepower against a Flyers team that hasn’t played in 11 days.
It’s no surprise that the New York Rangers are under a lot of pressure tonight. They come into this game after losing the last 4 and falling to 7th in the Eastern Division. They’ve looked good in most games but there’s also been a lot wrong with them this year. This should be the Rangers’ game to win with the Flyers being out due to Covid. However, their last game against the Devils had the same implications. The Rangers really need this win to get out of this hole they’ve dug for themselves.
Georgiev is starting in net for the Rangers, his first start since the Rangers overtime loss against the Boston Bruins. Georgiev has had some rough games this year, but the defense has started to play better as the seasons gone on. The absences of K’Andre Miller and Jacob Trouba will be a big challenge for the Rangers, and the defense will have to step up in a big way.
All the pressure is on the Blueshirts to succeed today, and we’ll see if they can get some momentum back.
The Blueshirts came out to start the game very slow. An unlucky goal off the foot of Adam Fox in the first minute of the game puts the Rangers down 1-0. The Rangers managed to settle into the period eventually, and they played a close second half. The otherwise uneventful period would end with no more goals. The biggest problems for the Rangers in the first were penalties and giveaways. The Rangers had 3 penalties in the period, and that can’t continue if they expect to succeed. They had 7 giveaways as well. There was some good, however. The Rangers dominated the faceoff circle, outshot the Flyers 11 to 6, and Alexander Georgiev played well with a handful of great saves to keep the Rangers in the game. The Rangers almost evened the game up too, but a penalty and unfortunate puck luck kept them off the scoreboard. Going into the second the Rangers need to find a finish to their chances on goal, as well as limit penalties and giveaways.
The 2nd period was a good one for the Blueshirts. Colin Blackwell scores the only goal fairly early to even the game at 1-1. The second period was very similar to the first. The Rangers lead in shots 23-13 and seemed to control the period. They’ve also dominated in the faceoff circle and blocked 15 shots so far. Through 2 periods Georgiev has played amazing too. He stopped every shot in that period, and while not facing many shots total they’ve all been amazing chances. The Rangers have still had a huge penalty problem though. They were in the box less, but offensive zone penalties are still plaguing them. After two periods they have 5 penalties total, all in the offensive zone. Going into the third the Rangers need to keep playing like they’ve been playing with fewer penalties. If they keep the pressure and shots up eventually the goals will start coming.
The Rangers started the third with momentum. They kept up the shots and Brendan Smith scored a backdoor goal off of an amazing pass from Panarin. However, in classic Ranger fashion, the momentum didn’t last. With just over a minute and with the goalie pulled, Joel Farabee scores a goal off of a rebound. The Rangers stayed out of the box this period and generally played well. For 95% of the third, the Rangers had control, but the 5% let the Flyers back into this game and force overtime.
Overtime and the Shootout
The overtime period was all New York. The Rangers got on the powerplay and had several key chances to put the game away. Panarin had two key chances, and Zibanejad had a couple of one-timed chances too. However despite the flurry of chances, the game stayed two goals each, and they went to a shootout.
The Rangers would win this game in the shootout thanks to goals from Kappo Kakko and Artemi Panarin.
Takeaways From the Rangers Win
The New York Rangers secure a very much needed win in the shootout. There is a lot of good in how the Rangers played. The Rangers played this game like most of their other games, but this time they had the puck luck and were able to come away with a win. They outshot the Flyers, were dominant in the faceoff circle, and blocked a ton of shots. The defense, missing Trouba and Miller, only gave up 22 shots on goal tonight. Georgiev played very well and made some highlight-reel saves. The bottom six once again played out of their minds with a goal from Blackwell. Panarin came back strong in securing the Rangers’ win as well.
The one problem the Rangers have still had is in their top-six forwards. Mika goes another game without a point, and it seems like Panarin is the only consistent producer. The top six needs to find their game and start producing like they normally do. If they start producing at a top-level again, the Rangers are a solid team and an all-around threat.
Regardless of how the top six played tonight, the New York Rangers were still able to will their way to a solid victory. Hopefully, the Blueshirts can carry this momentum into Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals.