Artemi Panarin leads Rangers 3-2 over Bruins for team’s first preseason win

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April 25, 2021; New York, New York, United States; New York Rangers Artemi Panarin # 10 speaks to teammates during warm-ups before the game against the Buffalo Sabers at Madison Square Garden on April 25, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Elsa / Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins came to town to take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden and it was an exciting competition.

Artemi Panarin put on a show for fans in the world’s most famous arena with one goal and two assists. Kaapo Kakko, who spoke about building up and going to the net today, contributed a goal and an assist to help the Rangers.

Recap: Rangers 3 vs. Bruins 2

The opening period saw a good pace with the Rangers coming out of the gate in force. Kaapo Kakko was immediately noticed who showed great skating legs and great strength from the start. It was even more evident as he worked the half-wall on the power play. The Blueshirts had a good puck swing as they led a man, but failed to score.

Igor Shesterkin was the star of the first period as he stopped a shorthanded breakaway and held on to the Bruins’ power play chances. The 25-year-old stopped all 7 shots he faced, including 4 on the man advantage. He was a big reason to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0.

Rangers finally scored their first goal of the preseason thanks to a nice pass from Artemi Panarin to Anthony Bitetto sneaking in from the right point. This was followed by a goal from Kaapo Kakko who showed excellent hand-eye coordination to cram a rebound from a Panarin shot that was well organized by Zach Jones for a 2-0 lead.

Unfortunately, Boston would reduce the score to 2-1 less than two minutes later on a goal from Jack Studnicka. That goal would end the night for Shesterkin who finished with 11 saves on 12 shots for a .917 SV%.

Boston would tie the game 4-4 when Urho Vaakanainen absolutely destroyed one by Tyler Wall. Then, with exactly 60 ticks on the clock, Breadman’s breakaway goal gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead to close the second period. K’Andre Miller had the only assist in the count.

In the third period, it was all Rangers for the most part. Although they failed to score on a 5-3 power play, their units continued to move the puck with determination and determination. Zac Jones and K’Andre Miller looked really good with the points.

The Blueshirts were able to maintain the lead despite having to kill a power play late. A solid defense from penalty killers and a few solid saves from Tyler Wall ensured that.

Boston attempted a late push with the goalie out, but Wall made a big save and the Rangers claimed their first pre-season win. The young keeper stopped 15 of 16 in the win.

Notables of the Rangers

Panarin breakaway goal (MSG)
  • The Rangers had 37 hits on the night with the line from Rooney, Reaves and Blais totaling 13
  • Sammy Blais led all Rangers with 8 hits
  • Braden Schneider (+1) led all Rangers defensemen with 7 hits; his 19:30 from YOU was the third most
  • K’Andre Miller led the Rangers with 22:46 ice time
  • Kaapo Kakko has a high score of +3 to go with his 1G and 1A

Tomorrow (Wednesday September 29): Day off

Next game: Friday, October 1 at the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network, MSG Network Plus, NHL Network)

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