Rangers Edge Stars 2-1, Chytil Shines Again

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Who are these guys and what have they done with the actual Rangers that were expected to fail this season? The Rangers welcomed the Dallas Stars to the World’s Most Famous Arena and promptly came out victorious 2-1 in a tightly contested battle. Although sloppy for the just about close to 40 minutes, the Rangers were able to come back and with two timely goals from Vesey and Chytil, edged out the Stars at home. This win propels New York to second in the Metropolitan division and has the Rangers on a 6 game home winning streak. Currently, over the last ten games, the Rangers are 8-1-1. Things are looking good so far. Here’s our recap of the latest tilt.

Fogarty In From Hartford, Skjei Scratched: Before the game, the Rangers called up center Steven Fogarty from Hartford, while sending down Vinni Lettieri. Fogarty centered the fourth line and logged 7:05 of ice time and had one shot. In other news, David Quinn scratched defenseman Brady Skjei for a second straight game. After the morning skate, Quinn said this about Skjei.

“I’m dying to get him back in, but listen, we’ve got guys who can play,’’ Quinn said. “It’s not an easy decision. There’s a lot that goes into these decisions and there’s going to be a time where you tell a guy he’s not in and the answer’s going to be, ‘Because.’ ’’ Colin Stephenson/Newsday

Jimmy Vesey, Step On Up: In the middle of the second period, the Rangers seemed to be out of it and not controlling the play. The Rangers began to slowly possess the puck more in the Dallas zone and soon enough, after a Marc Staal brought it in and centered the puck in front of the net, Stars goaltender Ben Bishop slid a little too far and a falling Jimmy Vesey backhanded it five hole into the net to tie the game. A fantastic effort in front of the net by Vesey which ended up becoming a catalyst for the Rangers to come out strong the rest of the contest.

Czech Mate! Chytil Mania Strikes Again: Another game, another Filip Chytil goal. Just about 15 minutes left in the 3rd, Dallas could not get the puck out deep, which led to Chytil powering through the neutral zone, then charging into the Dallas end and rifling one past Stars backup goaltender Anton Khudobin to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. Chytil now has extended his goal streak to four games and is looking more and more confident every single time he gets out on the ice.

Hard Work Pays Off: For the better part of the first and second periods, the Rangers seemed slow and tentative. This was evident as the team took sloppy penalties that ultimately led to Dallas’ first and only goal of the game. After Vesey scored, the team oke up and when the 3rd period came around, there was life. The team was skating and making the right plays. All of this led to the Chytil goal and an incredible defensive effort that kept a high scoring Stars team at bay. Whatever David Quinn and his fellow coaches on his staff told the players in the locker room, it worked. This team has shown at many times during the season that they are all in and receptive to the new staff’s system and style.

Rangers next matchup is against the rival New York Islanders at MSG. Game time is 7PM. LETS GO RANGERS.

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