A physically demanding game that saw cuts and bruises suffered all over both rosters, with multiple men in stripes going down hurt for various reasons throughout the night, the Rangers escaped Rogers Arena with a win. Was it a clean and polished performance you want the Blueshirts to be known for league-wide? No. But in the end, two points are two points, and they do not ask how,
This was a special teams affair out in British Columbia. As the New York Rangers took the lead on a powerplay goal from Artemi Panarin in the first period on a 5-on-3, the Canucks powerplay would respond with a goal from former Ranger J.T. Miller in the second period. Both teams’ powerplays looked like they could have had more to this point, but at 40 minutes, it was just one tally each.
In the third, Tyler Myers scored shorthanded to give the Canadian squad the lead, and the home team out in BC was given the advantage on the night. Adam Fox would answer on yet another 5-on-3 as the Rangers continued to punish the poor discipline of the Canucks. With the game tied up at two, the Rangers got a new lease of life, and they were able to take back their lead quickly.
Mika Zibanejad would be the beneficiary of a beautiful one-touch pass from Artemi Panarin, who had his fingerprints all over this one, to grab his first goal of the season and put the Rangers up by a score of 3-2 going into the final stretch of the third period. But it didn’t last long. The first 5v5 goal of the game would come shortly after the conclusion of a penalty to Filip Chytil as Carson Soucy slapped it past Igor Shesterkin to make it 3-3.
It was the first overtime game of the season for Peter Laviolette’s squad, so we looked at how the new bench boss would deploy his group in a different environment. In the end, Igor came up huge repeatedly for the Blueshirts until Chris Kreider found himself with the puck coming into the Canucks end. He found K’Andre Miller, who called the game over, 4-0 on the road trip with an OT win.