This is part 2 of the review of the New York Rangers 9 game road winning streak. If you haven’t already.
Check out Part I for the first 5 games.
February 19th, 2020
United Center, Chicago
Rangers: 6 Blackhawks: 3
The infamous Rangers moms watched as the Rangers surged past the Blackhawks, scoring FIVE GOALS in the third. Filip Chytil opened the scoring with a snipe past Robin Lehner in the first, before rookie Dominik Kubalik responded in the second.
I actually made the trip to Chicago for this game, and I was definitely stressed as the game was tied at 1 going into the third. But the offensive floodgates opened in the third, where 5 goals (Buchnevich, Strome, Kreider, Panarin, Zibanejad) made it past Lehner in the final 20. Panarin responded to some of his Chicago fans with a top-shelf snipe, while Shesterkin made 37 saves.
February 21st, 2020
PNC Arena, Raleigh
Rangers: 5 Hurricanes: 2
The mom’s trip ended with a dominant performance for the Rangers in Raleigh. Like he does best, Mika Zibanejad opened the scoring for the Rangers in the first. Brock McGinn responded in the second, but the Rangers would not be deterred, as Jesper Fast and Brady Skjei scored a few minutes later.
Panarin and Strome would score in the third as Igor Shesterkin was brilliant again, making 27 saves.
February 25th, 2020
Nassau Coliseum, LI
Rangers: 4 Islanders: 3
Fresh off a Chris Kreider extension and a Brady Skjei trade the day prior, the Rangers were looking to continue their impressive play.
They didn’t disappoint, as Artemi Panarin and Greg McKegg scored to put the Rangers up 2-0 to start off the game. A weird bounce off the stanchion allowed for the newest Islander, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, to cut the lead in half. After Brett Howden scored to put the Rangers up 3-1, the Isles would respond 2 more times, including a killer goal from Brock Nelson with just 16 seconds remaining.
This set the stage for overtime, and a goal that I could watch a hundred times over. Panarin broke out and attracted all three Islanders players, before sending out a pass straight to Mika Zibanejad, who blasted it over the shoulder of Semyon Varlamov.
February 27th, 2020
Bell Centre, Montreal
Rangers: 5 Canadiens: 2
The final win of this historic stretch for the Rangers came north of the border, in a thrilling come from behind win. This is arguably one of the Blueshirts’ best performances this season, once again displaying the resilience of the youthful group.
After going down 2-0, the Rangers scored 5 straight goals, including 4 in the third period. The goal scorers were Phillip DiGiuseppe, Mika Zibanejad (obviously), Adam Fox, and Ryan Strome (2). Georgiev made 32 saves in the win.
No matter the outcome of the season, this run by the Blueshirts was nothing short of incredible. If they are able to keep up this outstanding play on the road, this group is set up to be a really solid playoff team in the future.
To end this off, let’s take a quick look at Mika Zibanejad’s stats over this stretch: 9 games played, 8 goals, 8 assists, 16 points, +10. Amazing.
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