New York Rangers: Blueshirts explode in second period leading to a win

After a brief layoff for the New York Rangers as expected the first period was flat as both teams failed to create anything offensively. The New York Rangers were missing the energy presence of their captain and defensive leader Jacob Trouba. The Rangers entered the game atop the Eastern Conference with 47 points while the Capitals would be the seventh seed in the playoffs if the postseason started today with their 39 points.

The Capitals started the scoring with an Anthony Mantha goal assisted by Rasmus Sandin and Aliaksei Protas. The New York Rangers then exploded starting with an incredible back handed goal by K’Andre Miller which was assisted by Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad. The Rangers then scored two goals in 40 seconds starting with an Artemi Panarin power play goal assisted by Mika Zibanejad and Vincent Trocheck which was followed forty seconds later by Braden Schneider assisted by Ryan Lindgren and Jimmy Vesey.

The Rangers opened scoring in the third period with K’Andre Miller scoring his second goal of the game and the fourth straight goal for the New York Rangers assisted by Chris Kreider and Blake Wheeler. Alexis Lafreniere would join in on the scoring with a goal that ended the scoring on a slap shot assisted by Adam Fox and K’Andre Miller.

The Rangers look like a force and possibly the top team in the National Hockey League. The win improves the Rangers to 24-8-1 tied for the most points in the league. Despite key players in Igor Shesterkin, Adam Fox, Kaapo Kakko, and others missing time the Rangers haven’t missed a beat and look like the team to beat in the East.

New York Rangers: Panarin continues MVP caliber season

The New York Rangers winger won’t win a Hart Trophy or the Rocket Richard Trophy due to incredible seasons by Nathan MacKinnon and Nikita Kucherov but, he’s certainly playing to the caliber of those players. Panarin has scored 19 goals and has 27 assists on the season for a total of 46 points. While Panarin won’t likely win any major awards he has a serious chance at winning the President’s Trophy and his first career Stanley Cup.

For more NHL stories, recaps, transaction news and more click here.