Rangers Vs. Coyotes Reaction
Rangers vs Coyotes Reaction 10/30/22
The Rangers dipped out of Texas yesterday and headed east to Arizona to face off against the Coyotes in their piss poor arena situation. If you didn’t know, the Coyotes are playing in Mullett Arena this year, which is the Arizona State University hockey arena that holds 5k fans. Yes, an NHL team plays in an arena that only holds 5 thousands fans, kinda wild. But the Rangers were able to squeeze out the dub. So let’s dive into it.
The Rangers came out slow in the first, but were able to pick up the pace midway through the first generating 15 shots on goal in the first period alone. Unfortunately Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram was playing lights out and saved all 15 shots. On the other side of the rink Igor Shesterkin only faced 7 shots in the first and just like Ingram he was able to keep the game scoreless after the first.
It only took the Rangers 91 seconds to get on the board in the second period, Alexis Lafrenière scored off a feed from the birthday boy Artemi Panarin. The Rangers held a 1-0 lead until the 6:45 mark of the second where Lawson Crouse scored from the slot. Less than five minutes later Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren was unable to clear the puck out and Nick Bjugstad quickly picked up the loose puck and rifled it past Shesterkin to give the Yotes a 2-1 lead just over midway through the period. With the Rangers being down it was only right for the birthday boy to put the team on his back, driving down the right wing and beating Ingram glove side. I honestly don’t know how he was able to score on this play but somehow he managed to stick the puck right above his shoulder at close range to tie it up going into the second intermission.
The Rangers came out slow, which to me didn’t make any sense since Panarin just tied it up before the second period ended. You would think the momentum was on their side but it wasn’t until the Coyotes forward Dylan Guenther hooked Zac Jones to give the Rangers a power play 13 minutes into the third. Just 27 seconds later, Panarin found Kreider down on the doorstep where he tipped the puck across the crease to Zibanejad who ripped it top shelf over Ingram for a 3-2 lead with 7:04 to play, which was all the Rangers needed to escape Arizona with the win.
Back to back wins are HUGE after a 4 game losing streak, hell of a way to bounce back. The Rangers have a day off to travel back to New York and then face off at the Garden on Tuesday 11/1 where they host the red hot Flyers, coached by former Rangers head coach John Tortorella. It should be a chippy & exciting game. I pray to the hockey gods that the boys can keep up this offensive play and get a dub at home against a divisional rival.