ANAHEIM, Calif. — The lineup was not fairly full and neither was the efficiency, however nonetheless the Rangers persevered, ramping it up within the third interval to report a 4-1 victory over the Geese on Saturday.
Tied at 1-1, Jarred Tinordi scored the second purpose of his NHL profession and first since Jan. 29, 2020, in his first sport since Nov. 21 to present the Blueshirts a 2-1 lead at 1:46 of the third interval on a left level drive that deflected off Anaheim’s Jacob Perreault
Then, dominating the interval by taking the primary 15 pictures to increase to a 35-11 benefit, the lead grew to 3-1 when Ryan Lindgren put a protracted one by means of a Tim Gettinger display at 10:02. Lindgren scored the Rangers’ remaining purpose with 31 seconds left.
Ryan Reaves joined Julien Gauthier and Artemi Panarin on the COVID-19 record, turning this into the primary sport through which the Blueshirts had misplaced three of their common forwards to the virus. This marked the fourth straight match for which Panarin was sidelined, whereas Reaves and Gauthier each examined optimistic following the membership’s constitution flight from New York to Vegas on Tuesday. Igor Shesterkin additionally examined optimistic following the journey to the desert.
“It happens. It’s part of the game,” head coach Gerard Gallant stated earlier than the match. “We’d love to have our full lineup but it’s not going to happen.”
It wasn’t solely COVID. For with Dryden Hunt additionally unavailable after occurring injured reserve with an higher physique subject he sustained in opposition to the Golden Knights on Thursday, there was an inflow of Hartford-honed expertise within the lineup.
Certainly, the fourth line consisted of call-up Morgan Barron between call-ups Gettinger and Jonny Brodzinski whereas a third-line shuffle noticed Filip Chytil shifted to the suitable with Kevin Rooney within the center and Greg McKegg on the left.
“[These kids] will come up here and they’ll get a chance to play,” Gallant stated. “They showed well in the exhibition games. It’s not a challenge, it’s an opportunity for them to take it and play real well and do the best they can.”
Barron, the 23-year-old out of Cornell who has performed a sum of 49 professional video games (together with eight NHL contests with the Rangers) was in the course of issues throughout a scoreless first interval through which he acquired 4 shifts value 3:31.
First, Barron drew a four-minute high-sticking penalty from Trevor Zegras at 6:46. Then, after Gettinger broke up a Geese’ play within the impartial zone, Barron swept in on the suitable facet, two-on-one with Brodzinski, earlier than Anthony Stolarz stopped his wrist shot with 7:34 to go. After which, on throughout a change with Chris Kreider and Kaapo Kakko, Barron was a down-low presence.
“He’s an up-and-coming young player who’s worked hard and has done a real good job. He’s getting better in the American Hockey League,” Gallant stated. “He’s going to get a chance to play tonight so we’ll see where it goes.“He’s a good kid, has good character, does everything you want him to do. He just has to get some experience at the pro level. If he plays really good tonight he’s probably going to get another game. If he plays really good continuously, he’s probably going to stay here. That’s how it works.”
The Rangers did have the higher of play all through the opening 20 minutes in opposition to an Anaheim opponent lacking No. 1 goaltender John Gibson, defenseman Hampus Lindholm, middle Ryan Getzlaf and three others due to COVID-related points however had been unable to interrupt by means of.
Alexandar Georgiev, in nets for his third straight begin, was not examined typically however he made a sterling proper pad save to disclaim Sam Metal in entrance on a two-on-one at 5:26 of the second when Jarred Tinordi was caught up ice. However the Bulgarian was helpless when Isac Lunderstrom beat the goaltender from the left porch on a fast Troy Terry feed following an unaccountable Ok’Andre Miller down low giveaway to present the Geese a 1-0 edge at 11:05.
The Blueshirts had been caught in scrambles of their very own making, unable to clear the zone cleanly and create an assault. However they did tie the rating 1-1 at 14:00 when Mika Zibanejad, off on considered one of his sprees, recorded his seventh purpose within the final eight video games by placing one in off Max Comtois’ stick from no angle to Stolarz’s proper facet.
Barron’s line supplied the Rangers’ finest alternative to take the lead however Stolarz made a nifty glove save on Brodzinski’s 40-foot drive from the highest by means of a Gettinger display with 11.6 seconds to go within the second interval.