The Rangers struggled in the third period as they lost to the Canucks, 5-3, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 7:20 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Jesper Fast, Brady Skjei
- 15:18 VAN Loui Eriksson; Assists: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin
- 2:29 VAN Henrik Sedin; Assists: Erik Guadbranson, Derek Dorsett
- 5:27 NYR Rick Nash (Power Play); Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Kevin Hayes
- 9:21 VAN Alexandre Burrows; Assists: Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi
- 13:08 VAN Sven Baertschi; Assists: Jack Skille, Michael Chaput
- 16:54 VAN Alexandre Burrows (ENG); Assists: Bo Horvat, Brendan Gaunce
- 19:01 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich
- 1.) Alexandre Burrows
- 2.) Henrik Sedin
- 3.) Pavel Buchnevich
- This seemed like a trap game from the outset. The Rangers had been scoring like crazy and playing well, but not nearly as well as the results would indicate, and the Canucks had a big losing streak and couldn't score. The Canucks stifled the Rangers, pressured them and forced them into extra passes and turnovers.
- With the amount of power play opportunities the Rangers had earlier in the game they should have had more than one goal. They finally converted after the goalie interference call and while that was nice, Raanta taking that hit forced him off the ice and into a situation where Henrik Lundqvist had to come in.
- It's an unfair situation for Lundqvist to come in ice cold and without any time to prepare but those are the rules everyone has to play by. Unfortunately for Lundqvist and the Rangers there was a scramble, a loose puck and the Canucks took the lead.
- Jakob Markstrom made some nice saves but the Rangers didn't create enough.
- On the bright side, Pavel Buchnevich has scored in three straight games and continues to look really good.
- On the downside, Jimmy Vesey, despite showing some jump earlier in the game, was benched for most of the third.
- You don't want to react to one loss after a five game winning streak but there had been signs that the Rangers were not firing on all cylinders and were instead just capitalizing on chance after chance to inflate the final score. Maybe this is the result of a large stretch of games in a short amount of time. The Rangers have the next three days without a game but then immediately go into a 3 in 4 night stretch.
The Rangers play the Flames in Calgary on Saturday at 10 p.m.