Wild Stuff Rangers At Home


Robert Sabo

On a night that could’ve been the last go around for Mats Zuccarello and others, the Rangers fell 4-1 against the Minnesota Wild. Continuing the trend of winning one and losing one, New York currently sits second to last in the Metropolitan division, while Minnesota broke a five game losing streak and are inching closer to a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Here is our recap.

It seemed that for most of the night, New York was climbing an uphill battle. Although they weren’t at their worst, the effort level varied through most of the game, including a terribly lethargic first period. The team picked up their play in the second period, which included a nice power play goal by Pavel Buchnevich. Other than that, Minnesota controlled the tempo and kept a packed house at MSG mostly quiet. The nail in the coffin came in the third period, when the Rangers had a prime opportunity to score during a four minute power play, but they failed to do anything with that chance. Any hope was squashed when Jordan Greenway scored a goal on an empty Rangers net at 17:23.

Adam McQuaid, who has been the subject of recent trade rumors, was taken out earlier in the game and did not return due to precautionary reasons. Lias Andersson was recalled by the Rangers and began the night on a line with Filip Chytil and Connor Brickley.

Next Game: The Rangers host the Devils for a matinee affair at the Garden on Saturday. Puck drops at 1!


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