Rangers Flip the Script and Win Thanks to Late Goal

The New York Rangers will face off again tonight against the Washington Capitals. They have an excellent opportunity to make up for their loss last night.

Pregame Summary

Keith Kinkaid will start in net tonight for the Blueshirts, his first start since losing in overtime to the Flyers. David Quinn is still out, so Kris Knoblauch will head the bench for the third game straight. Jack Johnson is out for the year after getting surgery.

The Rangers outplayed the Caps last night, and two lucky bounces change the game for them. Today they need to finish the game strongly and put the Caps out of it. If the Rangers take advantage of opportunities and keep their foot on the gas they’ll win this game.

First Period

The Capitals dominated the first period over the Rangers, but the Rangers come out on top 1-0. Adam Fox dished a beautiful pass to Pavel Buchnevich to give the Blueshirts a lead late in the period. They were outshot and ultimately outplayed, but still finding ways to take leads is good. A very defensive game that was similar to the previous one. This sets up the New York Rangers for an exciting second period.

Second Period

The second period remained scoreless throughout, both teams having chances but none finishing on them. K’Andre Miller took a puck to the face partway through, but he would return. The Rangers didn’t shoot the puck nearly enough that period, and so the game will stay at 1-0 going into the third. Kinkaid had a couple of big saves to keep the Caps off the board too.  Compared to last night, the New York Rangers weren’t playing as well. Hopefully, the Blueshirts play better in the third if they hope to win.

Third Period

The Rangers seemed out of gas for the majority of the third period. An early goal from John Carlson ties the game and puts the pressure on. The rest of the period would be a stalemate until a Mika Zibanejad goal puts the Rangers up late. Brett Howden finishes it with an empty netter and the New York Rangers will win the game 3-1. They’re lucky for that Zibanejad goal, otherwise, this game could’ve seen the same result as the last one.

Rangers Come Out on Top

The Rangers win the game 3-1, but this game is much closer than the score. This game almost saw the same ending as the last game with a blown lead late. The New York Rangers looked out of gas, however. Mika Zibanejad shows his return to form as of late with the GWG when it counts and gives the Rangers a much-needed 2 points. They flipped the script and gained some momentum going into their next game versus the Sabres.

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