November 16, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Strome (16) celebrates victory against Montreal Canadiens in Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Rangers’ 6-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on November 6 has become a distant memory. A lesson was learned in the next game against the Panthers, where they almost blew a 4-1 lead in the third period but still found a way to collect points.
It was followed by their first real break of the season. Four days off so they could finally get invaluable training time. Three more wins later, and the Rangers temporarily jumped into first place before the Hurricanes beat the Golden Knights to recapture it.
“The last three games we have played better hockey,” said head coach Gerard Gallant. “I think the team is getting along and knows each other pretty well. We’re clicking right now.”
Rangers pick up another win
Chris Kreider scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season as the New York Rangers defeated the visiting Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Tuesday night. It was their fourth win in a row and eighth game out of nine with at least one point.
Kreider got a 1-1 draw at 3:50 in the second period. He broke out of his own zone on a four-on-two break and made a cross-ice pass to Mika Zibanejad, who fell to his knees in the neutral zone but was able to regain his skates in time to take the pass and keep his teammates inside. Zibanejad made a return pass to Kreider as he stormed towards the left post and he tipped the puck past Primeau.
Kaapo Kakko and Julien Gauthier also scored for Rangers. Goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin, who had to leave Saturday’s win over Columbus in the third period after taking a knee in the head and being checked for a concussion, returned to the net and showed no ill effects by making 31 saves.
“I’ve been waiting for the targets, just go to the net and ‘Bread’ or Strome, they will find me and I just have to shoot it to the empty net,” Kakko said. “Sometimes it’s that easy.”
The game ended with some bitterness. Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher was sentenced to a hefty penalty and a 10-minute offense after a faceoff with 28 seconds left when he beat New York’s Barclay Goodrow. Anderson and Rangers’ Jacob Trouba fought right after the final buzzer.
News and notes
- Before the game, the Rangers announced that Sammy Blais was out of season with a torn ACL
- Igor Shesterkin is 8-2-2 on the season and one of only seven NHL goalkeepers with eight or more wins
- Kaapo Kakko was named the game’s first star and now has a two-match goal series
- Strome’s assist was his 150th point with Blueshirts
- Artemi Panarin has 5 points (2G – 3A) in his last 4 matches
- NYR improved to 7-0-2 when he scored first
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