Mika Zibanejad played only 1 shift in the third period for a total of 36 seconds.
Zibanejad was on the ice 1:15 into the third period and was off the ice at 1:51 of the third.
When asked why Zibanejad sat for most of the third, Alain Vigneault said that he wanted to go down to three lines. (MSG)
When he was pressed more about Zibanejad, Vigneault said that he thought the other 9 players were going better. (MSG)
When Zibanejad was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers had 7 shot attempts for, 14 against and in all situations he was on for 11 shot attempts for, 16 against and two goals against. (Natural Stat Trick)
Zibanejad was on the ice for William Nylander's goal in the first period and Ron Hainsey's PP goal early in the second period.
In the game overall, Zibanejad played 12:41, had a minus one rating, 2 shots on goal, 1 takeaway, 1 blocked shot and was 9 and 6 on faceoffs.
Steve Valiquette said that he wasn't sure why Zibanejad only had one shift in the third and that he thought that the first two periods for Mika "weren't that bad."
Adam Rotter: I understand sitting players when they don't perform and that sitting primary players sends a message to the whole team, but I felt that Zibanejad should have gotten onto the ice late in the third. It's a one-goal game and Zibanejad is one of your top scorers, most skilled players and has fresh legs. He could have sat for around 10 minutes and then gotten a shift and I think the point would have been made. Instead Mika spent the third period on the bench and won't get back at it until after the break.