About the game
The first period featured barely any hitting and a steady stream of good scoring opportunities for both teams. Both goalies were solid with Shersterkin havin the tougher saves although Eric Comrie was also very good for the Jets. The Rangers outshot the Jets 9-6 and had more shot opportunities (17-9) though each team had only one high danger opportunity.
The second period was much the same though at even strength the Jets had the better opportunities. The tide changed when Morgan Barron took a high sticking penalty 14:19 into the period and the Rangers troubled power play went to work.
The first unit couldn’t get much going, but they didn’t change when they could have and the Rangers finally scored with just 22 second left on the power play. Ryan Strome scored on a rush into the Jets zone.
Artemi Panarin got the puck to Mika Zibanejad who laid a pass into the slot to a waiting Chris Kreider, though it was Strome who got to the puck first and put it past Comrie.
Comrie had to be concerned that “Mr. tip-in” Chris Kreider was lurking in the crease when Zibanejad made the pass. The period ended with the score 1-0, thanks to the power play as the Jets had more shot attempts at even strength.
The third period was not a cakewalk. Mason Appleton had a breakaway just seven seconds in and a desperate Jets team worked hard.
It took an excellent shift by Artemi Panarin to get the Rangers their second goal at 11:47. Panarin was a magician with the puck in the attacking zone, keeping possession and giving and receiving passes. He finally got the puck to Adam Fox who took the shot that eluded Comrie.
The goal was assisted by a screen from Andew Copp and the Rangers could heave a sigh of relief with the two goal lead.
The Jets pulled the goalie with over two minutes left and Ryan Strome was able to convert into the empty net for his second goal of the game.
Overall, it was a great effort in a game that didn’t have a whole lot of meaning to the Rangers. It makes the last five games more significant as they battle the injury ridden Hurricanes for first place.
Here’s a video recap of the game: