Rangers Earn Point In Overtime Loss

Having lost four straight entering tonight’s contest, the Rangers desperately needed to come away with two points. But thanks to some heroics from Alexandar Georgiev, the Rangers were able to earn a point against the Arizona Coyotes.

Tony DeAngelo – The Rangers got all of their offense from the 23-year-old defenseman, who netted both Blueshirts tallies in the second period. DeAngelo’s first goal came after the Rangers broke down the ice on an odd-man rush. Pavel Buchnevich fed Brendan Lemieux across the middle and his shot was stopped by Darcy Kuemper. However, the Arizona goalie kicked the rebound right to DeAngelo who potted the loose puck into the net to get the Rangers within one.

DeAngelo’s second tally came on the man-advantage. After the Rangers failed to score on the 5v3 chance, DeAngelo took a pass from Ryan Strome – who was on the goal line – and hit the defenseman cutting to the net to tie the game.

Lias? Kakko? – Perhaps the most glaring thing in this game – aside from the shots discrepancy – was the fact that both Lias Andersson and Kaapo Kakko had limited ice time in this game. Lias Andersson played just 7:34 and Kakko, the second overall pick in this year’s draft, played just 9:51. David Quinn did say that he shortened his bench late in the game, but to have Brendan Smith, who is a natural defenseman, playing significant minutes late in the game, is asinine to me. We keep hearing about it being a rebuild, but if you aren’t going to play the players that are at the proverbial center of that rebuild, then what is the point of bringing in all of these young pieces?

Alex Georgiev – Had it not been for the Russian backstop, the Rangers would not have even had a chance to get the game to overtime. Georgiev made 32 saves, including a couple of dandies to keep his team in the game.

Next Game: The Rangers play their third consecutive home game on Thursday night when they host the Buffalo Sabres. Puck drops at 7!


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