The New York Rangers turned it around just 48 hours after an embarrassing effort and beat the New York Islanders by a final score of 5-0. Artemiy Panarin and Pavel Buchnevich each scored two goals, while Alexandar Georgiev threw a shutout in his first appearance of the season.
Pavel Buchnevich (1) – Mika Zibanejad (1) – 2:12
Unlike the previous game, the Rangers were ready to go on the opening faceoff and joined the Islanders early. Following a shot attempt by Mathew Barzal, the puck flew out of the neutral zone where Noah Dobson returned to recover. Mika Zibanejad was just as quick on the puck, resisted control and burst into a 2-1 race with Pavel Buchnevich. Zibanejad sold the shot enough to knock down the defender on the far side and carried over to Buchnevich on the far side to take a 1-0 lead.
Artemiy Panarin (1) – Brendan Smith (1) – 13:46
Just over ten minutes after the opening scoring, the Rangers were able to double their lead thanks to none other than Artemiy Panarin. Brendan Smith created the entire streak with a great read in the defensive zone to break up the cross pass attempt. Almost immediately, Smith pushed a puck into the open ice where Panarin was waiting, and the Breadman broke out on his own. Ilya Sorokin didn’t have much luck on the shot, and Panarin put New York ahead 2-0.
Pavel Buchnevich (2) – Unassisted – 5:57
As if the Rangers’ start wasn’t good enough, they followed it up with an even better second period. Pavel Buchnevich gave Rangers a 3-0 lead with great individual effort and collected his second total of the night. K’Andre Miller didn’t receive an assist on goal, but he certainly played a big part in sacrificing his body to play in the defensive zone. Buchnevich capped the game with an absolute left-circle snipe and beat Ilya Sorokin under the crossbar.
Kaapo Kakko (1) – Phil Di Giuseppe (1) and Filip Chytil (1) – 15:24
The trio of Kaapo Kakko, Phil Di Giuseppe and Filip Chytil started the game in the fourth row, and although that raised a few eyebrows, they responded with a goal. The puck made its way to the three forwards in the race, and finally landed on Kaapo Kakko’s side to the right of the net. Kakko finished with a heavy stopwatch from his knee and passed the puck past an extended Sorokin to blow the gates of this game.
Artemiy Panarin (2) – Adam Fox (1) and Pavel Buchnevich (1) PPG – 15:56
The Islanders’ frustration was evident at the end of the game, and Ross Johnston sent the Rangers on an extended power play after taking a minor double for brutality. The New York power play continued to dominate puck possession in the offensive zone and eventually found its fifth goal of the night. Artemiy Panarin scored his second goal of the night after receiving a light pass from Adam Fox’s cock and returned the puck over Sorokin.
This game as a whole was a complete 180-degree turnaround from Thursday night, as the Rangers controlled the game from the first draw. Puck management played a big role in this situation as they went to work in the offensive zone and kept the pressure on the Islanders for the full 60 minutes. After the Rangers’ first win of the season, they’ll have the next two days off before returning to battle Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils.