NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 25: Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers is congratulated by his teammate Artemi Panarin #10 after scoring the game-winning goal against the New York Islanders during overtime at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on February 25, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Rangers finished up the 2021-22 season after falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals and if this seasons’ early returns are any indication, then the Rangers should plan on business as usual throughout the playoffs next spring. The Rangers are sitting at 3-1 and while they did have one hiccup loss, they’ve put in 17 goals in the net in the first week of the NHL season.

The Rangers did have some difficulty with the Anaheim Ducks last night and although the game’s outcome wasn’t completely in jeopardy, the Ducks made an honest attempt to stay alive in the third period.  However, the Rangers held off to finish with a 6-4 victory.

Rangers making early season statements.

Artemi Panarin has stated this season on fire and through the first four games has made a bit of a statement through a show of offensive firepower.  Panarin has two goals and eight assists already and sets a new Rangers franchise record with ten points total in the first four games of a season.  Panarin scored a goal and had three additional assists against the Ducks.  Joining Panarin in the multiple point category was fellow forward Mika Zibanejad who registered in his second multiple goal game early on this season.

Adam Fox led the Rangers last night with 23:35 of ice time and also connected on three assists to add to the Rangers firepower display.  With 43 shots on goal against the Ducks, other Rangers including Alexis Lafreniere put in his first goal and newcomer Vincent Trocheck continually shows that his off-season acquisition by Chris Drury was well timed with a goal and an assist in the victory at Madison Square Garden last night.

Goaltender Igor Shesterkin let in four goals last night versus the Ducks but he is now only the third Ranger goalie to start the season 3-0 at home in the last 20 years.  Shesterkin has so far had 84 shots attempted against him in the first four games and given up eight goals total.  Shesterkin holds a 2.68 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage which is a bit low for the reigning Vezina Trophy winner but the Anaheim Ducks pulled out all the offense they could muster against him last night.  Look for Igor Shesterkin to tighten up the pipes in future games and keep the Rangers defense as a “lights out” unit down the road.

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