WASHINGTON- The Rangers have gotten stronger, you may have heard, but their success this season is still largely determined by the two lines that the talent pool has amassed.
So if you know that neither Mika Zibanejad nor Artemi Panarin scored in the opening game against the capitals on Wednesday night, Chris Craider, Kaapo Kakko, Ryan Strom and Alexis Lafrenier are all in the top six strikers. . 6 strong blows, what do you think the dresses achieved?
That’s right. The Rangers have shown for months and the final score in a 5-1 win.
When the job was done, the team tried not to beat themselves. By the way, there was no beating of Tom Wilson. In a game where the blue shirts were trying to set a physical tone, it was impossible to beat anyone – Sammy Bleis, but never out of control.
Head coach Gerard Gallant started the Zibanejad line, not the fourth line, which included the statin Ryan Reaves, who had to be chewed: the number 75 was on the ice at 0:09 at the same time as Mr. Wilson.
But here’s another acceptable stat: 1-0 in the first half of three playoff goals in Washington after the first round, then 2-0 in another PPG at 12:38, and just 24 seconds later, 3-0. noted. in the last 18:41 of the second round without an equal shot towards the goal. They finished the middle of 20 minutes with five, with no shots fired from 3:50 to 17:23 at 13:33.
After the meeting, after Gallant’s case began with a bang, the “dresses” pointed out that the score wasn’t bad, or that your eyes might have pointed out. Zibanejod and Adam Fox both brought in a number of A-level chances as the club led to three PPGs in Washington, DC, before disciplinary action.
“I think when the score was 2-0, we were a little disappointed to be chased,” Zibanajod said, three attempts. “We talked about it a bit, we got away from our game. I don’t know if we tried to return those two goals as quickly as possible and were impatient.”
Alex Georgiev’s goal started suddenly. It’s always a surprise when a team’s first number doesn’t get an opening assignment. Gallant may have called Igor Shesterkin on Thursday after consulting with coach Benoit Allaire to prepare for the garden’s opening ceremony against the Stars.
Georgiev didn’t cost Rangers a game – the Blues didn’t score until Craider’s hard-fought 9:13 third-round goal made it 4-1, and he died a few shots. . The number 40 also failed to erase the mistakes of his teammates.
There was a way to make a decision, but in a sense, Casey Stengel didn’t start Whitey Ford until the third game of the World Series so the left-handed manager could play in the stadium like he did in the 1960s. -play for pirates.
Blaise, who impresses when the Islanders hit like Matt Martin and Cal Klutterbook, showed himself early in the game. The Rangers created several golden chances in the first six minutes, with goalkeeper Vitek Vanecek beating Fox in the first shift and then Kakko just five minutes before the match, and shortly after TJ Oshie took the lead in Washington. But not much happened after that.
Rangers could not hurry. They couldn’t produce a cycle game. Their discipline was broken. They took a lot of penalties- “Too many, too many bad penalties,” Gallant said, and although the total was reduced to 5:34, that number was low due to the Caps ’success in human superiority. was.
If you’re looking for silverware from this cloud, Kakko had a strong night in the attacking zone, scoring five shots, which included several legitimate scoring chances, and Lafrenier was much better than the game going on. three bullets in seven attempts.
It’s hard to imagine a bigger shot than the goal. The task now is not to be tougher against Dallas. It’s about being better. Very good. It belongs to the community. This applies to Zibanejod and Panarin. This applies to the top six.