The New York Rangers dominated the Flyers on Wednesday night in a rivalry game where the Rangers came away with a 9-0 win. This was the Rangers’ most entertaining and momentous win of the year. Unbelievably, the Rangers scored NINE goals in the first two periods, including seven in the second. As expected, things cooled off in the third period, but the Rangers still held on to that huge lead.
The Rangers were without their entire NHL coaching staff for the game due to covid protocols and still dominated the Flyers. For a team that didn’t have an NHL staff, they definitely played well. The first period, truth be told, wasn’t even that dominant by the Rangers, though they came away with a 2-0 lead. New York was outshot 8-6, only had three even-strength shots and looked sloppy in their own zone. Brendan Lemieux scored off a great setup by Adam Fox and later, Artemi Panarin scored off a great feed from Ryan Strome. The Rangers took that innocent-looking 2-0 lead to the locker room.
An Explosive Second Period
The Rangers came out for the second period firing on all cylinders dominating the Flyers. The period started with Pavel Buchnevich netting a goal off a pass from Mika Zibanejad. Lightning struck twice, as Buchnevich scored the next goal thanks to a weird bounce. After four minutes of silence, the Rangers had a two-on-one with Panarin and Zibanejad. Zibanejad elected not to pass to Panarin or shoot the puck—I’m certain many fans were yelling at their TVs there. Zibanejad somehow was able to find Jacob Trouba for his first goal of the year. The Rangers led 5-0 not even halfway through the game. Zibanejad continued his dominance, netting a natural hat trick to extend the lead to 8-0. He finished the second period (and the game) with six points. Filip Chytil scored the final Rangers goal on a three-on-one. The ninth goal as the Rangers dominated the Flyers.
Better Days Ahead For Zibanejad and Co.?
Somehow, without their NHL staff, the Rangers absolutely dominated the Flyers in every aspect of this game. Zibanejad hopefully getting on track is the biggest part of this game. If Zibanejad had been this hot since the start of the season the Rangers would be looking much better. This team is much better than their record says, and they’ve been playing that way all year. With more production from Zibanejad, they will be able to match their record to their play. Buchnevich also threw in four points, extending his team leads to 26 points.
After dominating the Flyers, the Rangers will look to continue this type of hot play on Friday night in Washington. The Capitals, who have 42 points, are currently atop the East Division. The Rangers, however, have played the Capitals well this season, winning both meetings so far and out-scoring them 8-3. There are still many question marks regarding Friday over whether the Rangers will have their full NHL staff back. For now, however, the team should be riding this victory on Friday and look to stay hot and keep in the playoff race.