Despite blowing three one-goal leads, the Rangers hang on and scored two empty-net goals late to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score
- 9:06 NYR Mats Zuccarello Assists: Neal Pionk, Mika Zibanejad
- 14:32 CAR Teuvo Teravainen; Assists: Sebastian Aho, Brett Pesce
- 1:52 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assist: Pavel Buchnevich
- 7:48 CAR Lee Stempniak; Assists: Jeff Skinner, Derek Ryan
- 11:51 NYR Vladislav Namestnikov (power play); Assists: Buchnevich, Zibanejad
- 9:23 CAR Victor Rask (power play)
- 12:15 NYR Vesey; Assist: Buchnevich
- 17:23 NYR Zuccarello (ENG); Assist: Ryan Spooner
- 19:36 NYR Vesey (ENG)
- 3: Alexandar Georgiev
- 2: Pavel Buchnevich
- 1: Jimmy Vesey
- While I think many want the Rangers to tank and lose out, a win like tonight's is important because of the players that led the Rangers. It's a productive win when Jimmy Vesey has three goals, Pavel Buchnevich has three assists and they get goals from Mats Zuccarello and Vlad Namestnikov. Three of those four, Vesey/Buchnevich/Namestnikov, are all likely to be pieces moving forward and while Zuccarello's future may be up in the air, if he remains with the team he could end up with the "C" on his jersey.
- These games down the stretch are where the Rangers can get a real good look at Buchnevich and Vesey and see where they might fit in moving forward. Both
- Neal Pionk continues to be impressive. I'm not sure what his ultimate upside is, but he just looks like a solid player at both ends. You need solid players that make smart players and Pionk looks like he can be one of those.
- That was a real ugly looking injury for Tony DeAngelo. He's been making strides as he gets more ice time and this unfortunately looks like it could end his season.
- I continue to really like what I'm seeing from Alexandar Georgiev. He's usually in the right position, looks calm in net and seems very confident in his abilities. I believe that he should be the starter in Hartford and play a ton of games next season, but if he keeps this up, tonight could be the first of many wins at MSG for him.
The Rangers play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.