- 1:59 COL Cody McLeod; Assists: Tyson Barrie, Mikhail Grigorenko
- 6:09 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
- 16:39 NYR Chris Kreider (PP); Assists: Matz Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh
- 18:34 COL Blake Comeau; Assists: Francois Beauchemin, Rene Bourque
- 9:30 NYR J.T. Miller
- 14:20 NYR Chris Kreider (PP); Assists: Derek Stepan, Brandon Pirri
- 9:34 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast
- 13:05 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes
Chris Kreider got his second career hat trick, J.T. Miller added two goals and the New York Rangers beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 on Saturday night.
Jimmy Vesey also scored, and Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello each had two assists for the Rangers, who have won three straight and nine of their last 12. Henrik Lundqvist returned after missing two games with the flu and stopped 25 shots.
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- Chris Kreider had a Hat Trick with two pucks going off his lower body but his overall game against Colorado was great. He was skating hard to backcheck, putting himself in the right positions to make plays or get opportunities and helped the Rangers cash in. Kreider had a down stretch for a bit while it seemed like he was dealing with some injuries but for the most part he has been good this season and his line with Stepan and Zuccarello has been the Rangers absolute best lately.
- When JT Miller picked up the puck, went into the Colorado game and wound up to take a slap shot I didn't think it was going to be a great scoring chance. Instead it was an absolute rocket of a shot that was placed perfectly inside the top corner and was a magnificent shot/goal. He had another nice shot to score in the third and hopefully this is the start of a another hot streak for Miller.
- Henrik Lundqvist seemed fine and was only beaten on two pretty solid deflections. He wasn't challenged much in the first two periods but this was a nice start for him, especially coming after his last start and after an illness kept him out the prior two games.
- At times in both tonight's game and Thursday's game the game was tied and on the scoreboard much tighter than the overall play would indicate. The final scores though reflected more of how the games were played and how the Rangers, for the most part, dominated against last place teams. Next up is a back to back with Buffalo and Philly and then a matchup with Blue Jackets, who have won 15 straight.
- 2016 overall was an interesting year for the Rangers. It started with hopes of another playoff run, Keith Yandle stayed, Eric Staal came in and the Rangers were blown out of the playoffs by the Penguins. No one was bought out and we waited through the draft and free agency to see what big moves the Rangers would make to shake things up. Derick Brassard went out, Mika Zibanejad came in and then in August the Rangers won the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes. They scored like crazy to start the year, struggled, battled/continue to battle injury after injury, and then had the great "goalie controversy" that never was. In between all of that we saw Pavel Buchnevich's potential, Chris Kreider play like the player we thought/hoped he could be and so many others, Nash, Girardi, Staal, Hayes, etc, bounce back or reach new levels.
- 2017 should be a very interesting year for the Rangers. This team is capable of making a run but desperately need to stay healthy and catch a break or two along the way. This is a very likable, usually hard working and easy team to root for. We will see how things develop over the second half of the season but this team is miles better than last year and they should be able to show that come playoff time.
Next Game: The Rangers will host the Sabres on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET