Baby Rangers Bounce Back With Win Over Wild

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After the Rangers lost a wild one to the Stars on Friday night, the Blueshirts came back with a much stronger effort against the Minnesota Wild en route to a 4-2 victory on Saturday night.

Tim Gettinger – After laying a big hit in the first period, the 20-year-old Ohio native took a pass from Traverse City invite Jakub Stukel and came down on a breakaway. Gettinger took a couple of strides and beat the Wild goalie with a quick shot over the glove to give the Blueshirts a 1-0 lead.

Brett Howden – One of the players who had been outspoken on his desire to make the team out of camp, Howden showed just what he could do scoring the second goal of the night for the Rangers. The Moose Jaw Warriors alum knocked in a loose puck at the side of the net, using his size and strength to outmuscle his defender. If Howden can play up to his potential, he will make it very difficult for David Quinn to send him down to Hartford.

Ville Meskanen – The 22-year-old Finnish winger showed just why Jeff Gorton wanted to bring him over to North America. Meskanen took a no-look drop pass from Filip Chytil and wired a shot by the Wild netminder. The Rangers haven’t had a right-handed bottom-six forward that can get off a shot like Meskanen in quite some time. If he can continue to impress, we may see him crack the lineup on opening night.

Ryan Lindgren – The physical defenseman put the icing on the cake in this one, scoring the empty-netter with 41 seconds remaining in regulation. Lindgren is known for his ability to play the body, but he also has the skating ability to keep up with today’s NHL. He made a smart decision jumping into the play and taking the puck down the ice for the final goal of the night.

Penalty Kill – With the Rangers nursing a one-goal lead in the third period, the Blueshirts penalty kill came up huge by killing off four minutes of penalties, including a 41 second 5v3. And it was one of the top Rangers youngsters that did the dirty work, blocking a shot with his team shorthanded.

Next Game: The Baby Blueshirts will face the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Puck drops at 4!


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