The Rangers continue to play for their playoff lives. It has been an up-and-down season for the Rangers all season long. They continue to be in pursuit of the final playoff spot in the East Division. They are going to need some major help from some other teams. At the same time, they need to win as many games a possible to boost their own chances. That will rely heavily on how their goaltenders play from here until the end of the season. They are still rolling with Georgiev and Shesterkin for the rest of the season.
Georgiev has played some great hockey at certain points during the season. He came into this game with a 5-5-2 record but hasn’t played a game since March 19th against the Washington Capitals. He took the loss during that game. Tonight, he came back with a vengeance and wanted to prove his worth. The New York Islanders are in first place in the entire division. Georgiev and the Rangers shut them down completely for the whole game. Georgiev stopped 31 of 32 shots for a huge win for the Rangers.
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Colin Blackwell’s Emergence
Colin Blackwell hasn’t had the most luck during his NHL career. He only managed to skate for 33 games while he was with Nashville for two seasons. The Rangers decided to take a chance on him and he hasn’t disappointed. Blackwell potted home his twelfth goal of the season in this game against the Islanders. He only managed to put home three goals in the two seasons he was in Nashville.
Blackwell seems to have found a home in the Big Apple. The Rangers can’t ask for a better season from this kid. The 28-year-old continues to defy all the odds and make a true impact on this Rangers team. Along with Georgiev, Blackwell was huge in this game.
The Rangers have a very young defense in terms of veteran presence. Jacob Trouba and K’Andre Miller have this core on the right path for success in the future. Miller helped get the Rangers the win tonight with his huge third-period goal to make the score 3-1. That was his fourth goal of the season. The Rangers did a great job at giving up the middle of the ice to the Islanders.
It hasn’t been an easy few games for Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac as Islanders. They haven’t gotten on the scoresheet yet and seem to be invisible. The Rangers defense is great at producing transitional offensive opportunities. If they keep playing this way, it may not be as easy of a road for the Bruins to the playoffs.
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