Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored while Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout as the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 17:25 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Michael Grabner, J.T. Miller
- 9:13 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Chris Kreider
- 3: Pavel Buchnevich
- 2: Mika Zibanejad
- 1: Henrik Lundqvist
- I'm not sure there are must win games within a seasons first four days, but this was certainly a big game for the Rangers to win. They needed that first win and they got it tonight with a great performance from Henrik Lundqvist, timely goals and overall their best performance of this young season.
- Bounces went the Rangers way tonight with the two disallowed goals as well as Brady Skjei sending the puck to the middle of the ice and it going off Shea Weber's skate and past Carey Price.
- Again, it's three games but, so far, Mika Zibanejad is sure playing like a number one center and Pavel Buchnevich is sure playing like someone who is taking the step the Rangers needed him to take. Buchnevich was very impressive in the preseason and he's been better so far in the regular season.
- Even though they didn't score, the Rangers PP looks very dangerous.
- As for how the roster was assembled for tonight, Holden and Kampfer both had nice games and Anthony DeAngelo was used as a PP DH of sorts. Even in very limited minutes DeAngelo showed what kind of offensive skill he has. Ultimately I see DeAngelo being sent to Hartford to play big minutes and work on his D. I don't think he will be down there very long, but I think Hartford would be a good spot for DeAngelo right now, especially if Holden and Kampfer can hold the fort. Brendan Smith will get back in soon, but he struggled mightily last night and needed a night off.
- As for Filip Chytil, his time with the Rangers for this season is done. It's not even about his play as much as it is that JT Miller has been really good since being moved to center. Sitting for a game won't derail Chytil's development but at some point this week the Rangers need to send him back to the Czech Republic and move forward with the rest of their season. Chytil could be an impact player as soon as next season, but for this season, he will be best served playing big minutes somewhere else.
What's next: The Rangers face the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.