Back-to-back wins for the Blueshirts to begin this road trip in the Pacific Northwest. After beating the Seattle Kraken, the Rangers defeated the Calgary Flames to make it 2 wins from 2. New York defeated the Calgary Flames by a score of 3-1 in a game that did not quite live up to the levels of years past but proved to be an excellent game to watch anyway.
It wasn’t a great start for the Rangers. Blake Coleman managed to put the Flames ahead early. Barclay Goodrow’s former linemate on the Stanley Cup-winning rosters of 3 years ago created issues for Peter Laviolette’s squad throughout the night as he was a solid performer for the home side, but that didn’t matter. New York enjoyed a dominant performance in the second period of play that put the game away.
Alexis Lafreniere managed to grab the game-tying goal on the powerplay as the former first-overall pick continues to enjoy the renaissance of his NHL career under Laviolette. Erik Gustafsson received the puck at the point from Filip Chytil and just threw it on goal. Lafreniere got his stick on it to ensure the shot changed direction before it got to Jacob Markstrom.
On another powerplay, Adam Fox and Artemi Panarin started to play catch with the puck at the point, trying to find an opening. Eventually, Panarin fires a puck down toward the baseline in the direction of Chris Kreider, and Mr. Powerplay goal does not disappoint. A deft little tap of the puck gets it to elevate up and into the top of the net to give the Rangers a lead they would not relinquish.
During a four-on-four spell towards the end of the second period, K’Andre Miller would drop the puck at the point for Chytil to take over. Chytil would move towards the net before firing a shot that would squeak through Markstrom. Erik Gustafsson tapped it in to make sure it crossed the line to make it 3-1 Rangers and start to put the game away for the road team.
Igor Shesterkin made some huge saves both before and after the big second period that changed the outlook of this game in favor of New York. He wasn’t tested much. He made a simple 24 saves on 25 shots. There was nothing too testing, but he came up big when the Blueshirts needed him and gave the Rangers a chance to win.