So the Rangers lost 3–2 in a shoot out to the Florida Panthers at The World’s Most Famous last night and got a couple of breaks.
A bad one.
And a good one.
The bad one — Center Mika Zibanejad suffered a broken left fibula in the first minute of overtime and will be out 6–8 weeks.
The good one — Center Mika Zibanejad suffered a broken left fibula in the first minute of overtime and will be out 6–8 weeks.
It could have been a season-ending injury. Thankfully, he’ll be back.
The Rangers, like every other team in the NHL, will have to deal with it.
Here’s Alain Vigneault from the NY Post: “Every coach will say in these moments that it is an opportunity for someone else to get more ice time.”
Count on it.
In a match that featured lots of sloppy play on bumpy ice due to the Knicks game at the Garden earlier in the day — the Rangers couldn’t get any traction.
Had the lead a couple of times and couldn’t hold it.
Got the loser’s point. A small consolation prize, considering the injury to #93.
And with Pavel Buchnevich still out, the Rangers forward depth will surely be tested.
Chris Kreider. Good to see him score again. First goal in 10 games. Flew down the left wing and ripped a shot past James Reimer, who was outstanding in nets for the Panthers. Rangers will need a lot more from Kreider now.
The Powerless Play. Zip for three, including a two-man advantage in the first period. Too many passes, not enough shots. The simple play beats the pretty play every time. Get the puck to the net. Good things usually happen.
Keith Yandle. Good to see the former Ranger get on the board with a power play marker in the second period. A fan favorite when he played in NY, Yandle drew the Panthers even at 1.
Dylan McIlrath. Guess the Panthers don’t feel he can crack their starting lineup either. Can we please let this one go already?
The shootout winner. Aleksander Barkov’s shot just crossed the goal line behind a helpless Henrik Lundqvist, who played his 700th NHL game last night — all with the Blueshirts. There was a time when the King was unbeatable in the skills competition. No longer.
Tough loss all around.
Here’s the Photo Gallery, courtesy of the New York Rangers.
Here’s a piece from the NY Post on Dylan McIlrath’s return to Gotham.
Next up: No rest for the weary, as the Rangers take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins in Pittsburgh — 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
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