Namestnikov Scores Twice As Rangers Roll Sabres 6-2

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Vladislav Namestnikov broke out of a 23 game scoring slump as he netted two goals in the Rangers 6-2 rout of the Sabres last night. Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev stopped 31 shots last night all while two of New York’s three goals in the final four minutes helped seal the victory for the Blueshirts.

Before the game, rookie Filip Chytil was scratched and newcomer Connor Brickley was inserted into the lineup. Brickley was acquired by the Rangers from Nashville in exchange for Cole Schneider.

Jimmy Vesey, Boo Nieves, Jesper Fast and Pavel Buchnevich also scored for New York last night and a few of these goals weren’t anything to turn your head away from. One in particular was the Hayes feed from the point and subsequent Buchnevich deflection. Jimmy Vesey’s goal was also the product of hard work, as Pavel Buchnevich one handed a pass to a skating Vesey, who banked it in as he was skating towards the net. The team was well versed in the offensive zone and outside a few blunders, the Rangers defense was solid in an overall team effort yesterday.

Georgiev stopped 31 shots overall including 13 shots in the third period. He was particularly sharp as the game went on . One instance of this was just 58 seconds in the third where he got across to his left to stop Rasmus Dahlin’s one-timer, then not too long after, he squared up in the crease to stop a Tage Thompson’s shot from the slot. Georgiev has been solid with his third straight start leading to a win.

During the game, Tony DeAngelo showed he was capable of holding his own, as he took down Kyle Okposo in a fight after just a few punches.

David Quinn had high praise for Vladislav Namestnikov after the game, applauding his talent and effort.

Said Quinn, “I’m really happy for Vladdy, because I think he’s played two great games. I thought that Winnipeg game, he had some great chances. I’ve talked a little bit about the chances he’s had and hasn’t been able to capitalize on them . . . Listen, the guy’s played well this year. I’m glad he got rewarded statistically, because I know in this sport, you want to score goals. I want him to score goals. And he’s doing all these other things well; it’s good to see him get rewarded.’’ Colin Stephenson/Newsday

During the game, defenseman Brady Skjei departed in the second period after what was described as a lower-body injury. He is considered day to day and could possibly play Sunday versus Pittsburgh, as stated by coach Quinn.

Rangers next contest is a matinee matchup in Pittsburgh versus the Penguins at 12:30pm. LETS GO RANGERS

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