Two words for tonight’s game. Anthony. DeAngelo.
What a game by the 24 year old defenseman. 5 points. 3 in the first period. He was just on another level tonight and we should extend him immediately. He’s a guy we need on this team for the next couple of years, without a doubt. Broadway hat incoming for Tony D.
The Rangers opened up the scoring roughly 6 minutes into the first period. DeAngelo took the puck behind the Devils net and swung a pass to Artemi Panarin waiting in the circle. Panarin sniped a shot through Blackwood and gave the Rangers a quick 1-0 lead. Is it safe to say that if the Rangers find themselves in a playoff spot that Artemi Panarin could be the MVP? I mean it’s only been a half a season so far and Panarin could rank as one of the best free agent signings in Rangers history. He is the ultimate sparkplug to this offense and I thank Jeff Gorton every day for making Panarin a New York Ranger.
The Rangers coughed up the lead 2 minutes later, while the Devils were playing shorthanded the Rangers decided to ice the puck, yeah I don’t know.. The icing resulted in a faceoff in the Rangers defensive zone, the Devils won the draw forced some shots on net and ended up getting one past Shesterkin. Kevin Rooney came away with the goal to even up the score but it didn’t last long. Tony DeAngelo netted his first goal of the game a minute and a half later. I said first because there are a couple more to come.
The Rangers capped onto their lead later on in the period on the powerplay. Tony DeAngelo, like it would be anyone else this game, fired a pass from the blue line that deflected off the boards right to Chris Kreider’s stick in front of the net, Kreider was able to squeak it past Blackwood and in the words of Sam Rosen “It’s a powerplay goal!” DeAngelo with his third point of the night and goal number 14 of the season for everyone’s favorite ghost, Chris Kreider.
After a late goal in the first period and another goal halfway through the second period the Rangers and Devils were knotted at 3. Tony DeAngelo took control once again as he scored back to back goals for the Rangers. The two goals gave him a hat trick on the night and a total of 5 points. Big time game for Tony D. He’s the first Ranger since Brian Leetch to score a hat trick. One of his goals came out at even strength and the other on the powerplay. DeAngelo really just played like a man possessed tonight and I can’t stress that enough.
Shesterkin stood strong in net for the Rangers after allowing the third goal, which wasn’t even a goal to be honest, shoutout to the horrible officiating in the NHL. He shutout the Devils in the third period and even got an insurance goal courtesy of Jesper Fast. Fast goal was set up by none other than Artemi Panarin who already had a goal and an assist by that point. Another 3 point night for the Breadman and god damn this dude is unreal. MVP! MVP! MVP! Panarin is currently sitting at 61 points ( 24G, 37A) he is well on the way to surpassing 100 points on the season and I can’t even remember seeing a player this dominant offensively on the Rangers since they acquired Jaromir Jagr almost two decades ago. It’s worth turning on the game every night just to watch Panarin create plays. It’s an honor to see this man donning a Rangers sweater.
The Rangers would hold on to win 6-3 and Igor Shesterkin would move onto 2-0 in the NHL. The Czar has arrived folks. Prepare for that Georgiev trade in the next week or two because it’s coming. Shesterkin stopped 46 out of 49 shots tonight and is showing he is beyond ready to claim the throne between the pipes for the New York Rangers.