My 3 Rangers stars
- Artemi Panarin played like a man possessed. He led the team with six shots on goal and had the most shot attempts. This was a game where he wasn’t helped by his linemates and he tried to take it in his own hands. He did assist on Zibanejad’s goal, but got no luck or help in scoring.
- Igor Shesterkin made some really special saves and had no chance on the two Red Wings goals. He stopped 31 of 33 shots and but for Ryan Strome, should have won his second straight shootout.
- Adam Fox was off his game early, but picked it up and was outstanding as the Rangers tried to get back into the game. He made a headman pass off the backboards to spring Chris Kreider and he also drew the penalty that resulted in the Rangers’ tying goal. In the shootout, a role he not comfortable with, he lost control of the puck and couldn’t get a shot off.
The official 3 stars
- Thomas Greiss – Detroit
- Pius Suter – Detroit
- Igor Shesterkin – Rangers
The Rangers take a quick trip to Canada to play the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. It’s a late afternoon start with puck drop at 5pm. It won’t be an easy game as Ottawa has a lot in common with the Red Wings. The Blueshirts will have three days to prepare for their game with Washington next Thursday in their first game in New York against Tom Wilson and company. Then, they meet the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time next Saturday, a game that every Ranger fan should be looking forward to.