Mika Zibanejad scored in overtime and Antti Raanta recorded a shutout as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-0, Monday at Amalie Arena. >> Read more
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- Well, if you can award the two points to a specific player they both go to Antti Raanta who was outstanding in his part of tonight's goalie duel. Tampa turned up the heat and Raanta stayed calm and cool in net and carried the Rangers for long stretches of the final two periods where they were the second best team on the ice.
- In an overall sense the Rangers were better in this game than they were on Saturday and probably last Thursday against Boston. They were at least engaged and seemed ready to play tonight. They had a pretty good first period and Vasilevskiy was very good.
- There are no moral victories, and the Rangers did pick up the only real victory that mattered, but the Rangers PP actually looked good a few different times tonight. They had some good looking chances that on most other nights would find the back of the net but did not tonight.
- I don't know why the Rangers can find ways to win on the road and they can't at home, but I don't think tonight had much to do with Tanner Glass. He played 5:17 which means that he essentially played half a shift more than the amount of time he sat in the box for his fight. Sure, the stretch of penalties and time not spent at even strength impacts Glass' overall ice time, but I don't believe he is anything more than an occasional spark plug, if that. He just doesn't have a spot in the lineup if the Rangers have their group of 12 healthy forwards. Putting him in the lineup instead of Matt Puempel? Ok. For a game or two that can work, but he should not see the ice ahead of any of the Rangers 12 healthy forwards.
- The Rangers found a way to win in Tampa and will need to do the same tomorrow against Florida, another team desperate for points and just on the outside of the playoff race.
The Rangers face the Florida Panthers on the road Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.