Rangers Blow Late Lead, Yotes Win In OT


Charles Wenzelberg

In what looked to be a promising night turned into massive disappointment for the Rangers, as a 3-0 lead vanished into thin air, as the Coyotes took the tilt in overtime, courtesy of a former blueshirt in Derek Stepan. The Rangers began the game in contro, as the returns of Pavel Buchnevich and Mats Zuccarello helped energize the team, but New York slowly allowed the Coyotes to take control as the game wore on. Here is our recap.

New Game, Same Result: New York was on fire for the first part of this game, as goals from Kevin Hayes, Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich lifted the team ahead 3-0. Slowly but surely. the Coyotes began to chip away at the lead, and finally, Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson sniped a rolling puck with a slapper near the left dot past fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist. Then, after missing a few chances in OT, former Ranger Derek Stepan won it in overtime, sending the blueshirt faithful home sad and upset.

The main theme from this is the team allowed Arizona to come back after taking a commanding lead. The lack of finishing chances and lackluster defense in their own zone led to this comeback by Arizona. If the Rangers want to continue to succeed, games like this must be placed in the W column, and it all starts on the back end.

Power Play Boost: Although the Rangers did not finish their last four power play opportunities, they were still able to net three goals with the man advantage, beginning with Pavel Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad, and Kevin Hayes. This is a positive sign as it seems the offense seems to have found a little bit of a spark. If there’s one thing that could potentially bring this team out of it’s funk, it’s a spark plug on the man advantage.

Rangers next game is Sunday afternoon against the Vegas Golden Knights at 1PM. LETS GO RANGERS.

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