Swedes Send Rangers To Sweet Victory

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With the Rangers hosting Hockey Fights Cancer night at MSG, emotions were certainly running high throughout the arena. The Blueshirts wouldn’t let the night go to waste as Mika Zibanejad sealed the victory with an empty netter as The Garden crowd erupted with a 4-2 win over Ottawa.

Marc Staal – The Rangers got on the board on a one-time goal from veteran defenseman Marc Staal. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native took a pass from the aforementioned Zibanejad and beat Craig Anderson from between the circles for a 1-0 Rangers lead.


Staal has been solid this season playing alongside Neal Pionk, and seeing him get rewarded offensively for it is certainly nice to see.

Lias Andersson – It wasn’t a delicious dangle or a super snipe from the 20-year-old Swede, but Lias is officially in the goal column this season. Ryan Strome cut to the middle of the ice and fired a shot that was stopped by the Senators netminder. Unfortunately for Craig Anderson, the blocker save redirected off of Lias Andersson and into the back of the net, giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead.


Perhaps like fellow rookie Filip Chytil, this goal will mark the start of an offensive awakening from Andersson.

Chris Kreider – The Rangers leading goal scorer tacked on another tally in this one, his 13th of the season. With the Rangers coming down 2v1, Kreider took a delicious dish from young phenom Filip Chytil and deposited the puck into the back of the net.


We have written on the site about Kreider possibly becoming captain for David Quinn’s squad, and if he can continue playing the way he has this season, it’ll be tough to argue that he wouldn’t deserve the honor.

Henrik Lundqvist – When his team needed a save, King Henrik was there for his teammates. Lundqvist made a few dazzling denials, including this stop on Colin White in the second period to keep the game tied at one.

Henrik seems to have been rejuvenated by the new coaching staff and all of the young talent around him. And that can only mean more victories for the future members rid the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Next Game: The Rangers head up to the Canadian Tire Centre to finish off their home-and-home with the Senators. Puck drops at 730!


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