Your New York Rangers win again to take both wins on this back-to-back set against the Anaheim Ducks at home, and then on the road in Boston. They win this one 2-1 in overtime, thanks to Vincent Trochecks double in the third period and overtime. A man that had gone goalless in his last six was the difference maker in a really difficult game for the New York Rangers.
Matt Poitras would lead start the wheels in motion on the firt goal of the game when he found James van Riemsdyk. JvR would eventually set up Trent Frederic who was able to get the puck past igor Shesterkin, and the Rangers were once again chasing the game. When this team was winning games, they were scoring first and dominating the game with the lead. Lately, this has been a problem and the inability to get out in front has been haunting this team.
David Pastrnak would get thrown out of this game after a dangerous play with Ryan Lindgren. A hit into the numbers along the boards where Pastrnak left his feet saw him given a five minute major for boarding, and a game misconduct for intent to injure. Automatically, that will be a one game suspension from the league. We will see if any additional disciplinary actions are put on Boston, but the Department of Player Safety has a history of letting the Bruins do almost anything they want to.
Despite not converting on the major powerplay, the Rangers man advantage would make the difference later in the game. Vincent Trocheck dropped the puck off to Mika Zibanejad after a clean one entry, Mika got it back as Trocheck moved towards the point, and Trocheck just lost his man in the slot. Zibanejad got the pass right, and the Rangers man-advantage brought the Blueshirts back to life in this one
This game would need overtime to find a winner, and that game winner would be a thing of absolute beauty. New York's patience in the extra frame created this. After holding the puck for two minutes, Trocheck carries the puck into the zone before dishing it off to Artemi Panarin. Panarin would fire a rocket of a pass back to Trocheck, and Vincent Trocheck tips it home to end the game.
Neither team will walk away from tonight looking as it as a good performance, but to get both wins on this back to back set, including travelling to Boston for the second part of it, is a really good sign for what is being built by this club. We know the offense will come with the talent that is on this roster, and the rest of the team looks pretty solid right now.