NEW YORK — Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin each had four issues, and the New York Rangers defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
Zibanejad, who had two objectives and two assists, has a team-high four objectives. Panarin, who had a target and 3 assists, leads New York with 10 issues (two objectives, 8 assists), probably the most all time by way of a Rangers participant during the first four video games in a season.
Adam Fox had 3 assists, and Vincent Trocheck had a target and an lend a hand for New York (3-1-0), which used to be 3-for-4 at the persistent play. Igor Shesterkin made 18 saves.
“I think we’ve seen the last several years that special teams in playoffs and late in the season is one of the biggest factors in teams that win a Stanley Cup, teams that are winning,” Trocheck stated. “If we can continue the success on the power play, fine-tune our penalty kill and fine-tune our defensive play, I think we’re in the right spot.”
Trevor Zegras scored, and Pavol Regenda and Troy Terry each had two assists for Anaheim (1-2-0), which used to be coming off a 7-1 loss on the New York Islanders on Saturday and has allowed 17 objectives in its first 3 video games.
John Gibson allowed 5 objectives on 34 pictures earlier than being pulled after the second one length. Anthony Stolarz made 8 saves in reduction.
Ducks trainer Dallas Eakins stated Gibson used to be “dinged” by way of a slap shot from Zibanejad in the second one length, which performed a task in him no longer returning for the 3rd length trailing 5-2.
“He had something going on there with his body and just with the score, where it was at, didn’t think it was a real intelligent move to throw him back in there,” Eakins stated.
New York took a 2-0 lead within the first length on power-play objectives. Trocheck scored backdoor off a go from Zibanejad at 7:34, and Zibanejad beat Ducks ahead Max Jones to the ground of the correct face-off circle and scored off a feed from Trocheck at 13:10.
“We win a lot of pucks back and that’s usually when things open up on the power play,” Zibanejad stated. “And I think we have a pretty good group, two groups, of being able to make those plays when they’re there.”
Frank Vatrano made it 2-1 at 15:48, and Zegras tied it 2-2 at 1:34 of the second one.
“Their one power-play goal in the first was a gift, absolute missed responsibility, and in the second period we gave them two gifts, I mean absolute gifts,” Eakins stated. “So, we give them three easy ones and lose by two. That’s what’s disappointing because there was improvement in our game in a number of areas and then it all gets blown apart by missed responsibilities.”
Kaapo Kakko scored at 9:54, deflecting Zibanejad’s shot off Gibson’s pad and Ducks defenseman John Klingberg‘s skate to make it 3-2.
Alexis Lafreniere scored his first of the season at 17:39 with a one-timer from the slot off a go from Filip Chytil that went between Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk‘s legs for the 4-2 lead.
Panarin scored with a wrist shot from between the highest of the circles to make it 5-2 at 19:26. It got here seconds after the Rangers intercepted Klingberg’s stretch go out of the defensive zone.
“You look at the teams that are champions in this league, whether it’s Colorado, Tampa, St. Louis, they never won because they were skilled, they won because they work,” Eakins stated. “They work and they’re relentless with it. It doesn’t matter if they have the puck or they don’t have the puck, they work. That’s part of our development process here and our growing process is that when we don’t have the puck we have to work harder.”
Max Comtois scored on a one-timer from the correct circle at 5:33 of the 3rd to make it 5-3, however Shesterkin made back-to-back saves on Zegras together with his left pad and Adam Henrique off the rebound together with his glove to keep the two-goal lead with 11 mins last.
Zibanejad prolonged New York’s result in 6-3 together with his 2d power-play target on a one-timer from the left circle off a go from Panarin at 11:42.
Derek Grant scored at 16:14 for the 6-4 ultimate.
“We have a few things we need to work on, but I like the way we’re coming together as a team,” Trocheck stated. “I like the way we’re gaining chemistry more and more each game. Those kinds of things are extremely important.”
NOTES: The Rangers gave a video tribute to Ducks heart Ryan Strome all the way through the primary tv timeout. Strome performed 263 video games with New York and had 195 issues (71 objectives, 124 assists) from 2018-22, earlier than signing a five-year contract with Anaheim as a unfastened agent July 13. He had one shot on target and one blocked shot in 19:05 of ice time. … Rangers ahead Sammy Blais had 3 pictures on target, six shot makes an attempt and 3 hits in 13:34 in his first NHL recreation since Nov. 14, 2021, when he suffered a season-ending knee harm. He ignored the primary 3 video games of this season with an upper-body harm. … Vatrano performed 22 video games and had 13 issues (8 objectives, 5 assists) ultimate season for New York after being got from the Florida Panthers on March 16. He signed a three-year contract with the Ducks on July 13.