Quick Hits – Rangers vs Panthers 11/4/17

Getty Images Here is our quick hits recap of the Rangers’ 5-4 win in Sunrise against the Panthers.

Defensive Play: In the last three games, it’s been obvious to the regular watcher that the defense has stepped up their game, even if only slightly. McDonagh still needs to find his footing and be the player we know he’s capable of being and there are still some turnovers behind the net that prove too costly in critical moments. However, this game had Marc Staal stopping shots before they got to Lundqvist and some pretty passes from Shattenkirk that provide a glimmer of hope. Finally, how about that tying goal in the second by Nick Holden? Overall, it was a big night for the defensemen.

Kevin Shattenkirk: This is one player who’s received a lot of scrutiny since his Blueshirts debut. Tonight, he stepped up in a big way, scoring two goals, including the one in overtime that secured the second point. We can just about forgive him for that turnover in the third that led to goal 3 for the Panthers, right?

Henrik Lundqvist: For the majority of the game, Hank was all over the puck, looking like his elite self. He did have a setback in the third period after the Panthers pulled Luongo for the extra-man advantage. According to his post-game press, he didn’t quite have the right angle to get to the puck the way he needed to in order to stop it. After a dismal start to the season, it’ll take time for him to develop that trust he needs in the guys in front of him and settle down in net. He still had many good saves and he’ll only continue to get better as the season goes on.

Notable Mentions: Grabner put the team ahead for the first time all game in the third period on a sleek pass from Fast that was nearly intercepted mid-air for a 3-2 score. Nash then deflected a shot from McDonagh to put the Blueshirts up again 4-3. JT Miller continues to be an unrivaled force when it comes to creating chances and finding the puck in the dirty areas.

Overall, this was a good night for Rangers, the sloppy play in the second and parts of the third need to be tightened up, but they’re on the right track. They now have a 3-game winning streak and are gaining confidence for the future.

NEXT GAME: The Rangers take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at home. Puck drops at the usual time: 7PM!


Christina is an avid hockey fan and a great writer.

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