What a game it was for the New York Rangers edging the Philadelphia Flyers to an 8-3 win to boost their spot in the playoff race. The Rangers really needed this win because they know what is at stake to continue winning. Amazing play from the whole team that showed the opposition who they really are. Let’s breakdown the recent Thursday night hockey battle.
Rangers Start Strong In The First Period
The first period was both more and less surprising than what was thought of. The Flyers knew they needed to come out strong, losing six of their last eight games. The Rangers, on the other hand, understood that key performances would be called upon for a boost in the playoff race. For the first ten minutes of the game, the Flyers were controlling most of the puck, with great scoring opportunities. It was Igor Shesterkin‘s first game back from injury and he was definitely ready to play. Stopping all of Philadelphia’s eight shots, showing he was able to contribute at his best.
Soon, the Broadway Blueshirts came out on the attack and started dominating! Scoring two goals in 52 seconds to obtain an early 2-0 lead. The first goal came from Ryan Strome, with assists from Artemi Panarin along with Adam Fox, and the second was scored by Pavel Buchnevich off a “2-on-1” pass from Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad. The Rangers ended the period by scoring a powerplay goal from Zibanjed, assisted by Strome and Fox; the Rangers lead 3-0.
If you thought the first period was intense, then you have no idea what to expect for the second. Starting the period off on their third powerplay of the game, the Rangers wasted no time to score. At 54 seconds into the second period, a goal from Zibanejad assisted by Strome and Fox once again increased the lead to 4-0. 72 seconds after that, Mika Zibanejad achieved his second natural hat-trick against the Flyers with another goal. This goal was once again assisted by Ryan Strome and Adam Fox! Philadelphia had pulled Carter Hart from the game and put in Brian Elliot. Finally, a goal that did not include the “originals” came at 2:42 in the second from K’Andre Miller, assisted by Zibanejad and Brendan Lemieux. This meant that the Rangers had scored three goals in less than three minutes into the second period. Who knew that it took six goals for a team to wake up? Anyways, soon the Flyers received two goals from Claude Giroux, assisted by Joel Farabee and Kevin Hayes. Philadelphia also followed up by a powerplay goal from Kevin Hayes, assisted by Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere. The period concluded with the Rangers leading 6-2.
It was the Rangers starting off the period with a breeze. Pavel Buchnevich scored 33 seconds into the period, shorthanded, assisted by Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox. The Rangers were now leading 7-2, with great sights of a win. A little less than a minute after the Rangers had scored, Sean Couturier scored on the powerplay, cutting the Rangers lead to 3 goals. Igor Shesterkin was still on top of his game, stopping many shots that kept the game at the right level for the Broadway Blueshirts. With two minutes left in the game, Filip Chytil scored a tap-in goal assisted by Jacob Trouba and Alexis Lafrenière to increase the lead to 8-3 for the Rangers.
Rangers Three Stars
To conclude tonight’s great game, the three stars of the game consisted of the following:
First Star- Mika Zibanejad (3 Goals (Including natural hat-trick), 3 Assists)
Second Star- Adam Fox (5 Assists, 21:55 TOI)
Third Star- Ryan Strome (1 Goal, 3 Assists)