Gm2 – Panarin the hero in overtime
Artemi Panarin snapped home the game-winner just 1:25 into overtime to lift the Rangers to a 4-3 victory against Montreal at Centre Bell Arena. It was Panarin’s second goal of the early season, and the second straight road win for New York in the opening week of the new season.
A key goal came in the final minute of regulation when Rangers’ skater Riley Smith scored to tie the game 3-3. The Rangers had led the game 2-1 entering the third frame then surrendered two goals late. It was Smith’s first in a Rangers uniform since being signed to 1 year contract worth $4,800,000 in the offseason.
Rangers beat Capitols in 2021-22 opening night
In overtime, the Canadiens never got a shot on goal, while Panarin’s shot was the second by New York. Igor Shesterkin earned the win with 18 saves. Canadiens winger Josh Anderson scored his 200th career goal to open the third period.
Gm1 – Strome leads Rangers on Opening Night
The Rangers kicked off the defense of their title with a solid 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Fresh off signing a new six-year extension with the Rangers, Ryan Strome scored twice, finding the back of the net in the first period when he tapped in a rebound, and then on a power play 12:40 into the second period to give New York all they would need for the win.
Rangers box score
After the Rangers went ahead 3-0 in the second period, Columbus finally got a goal when Boone Jenner beat Igor Shesterkin in a scrum near the net. Offseason free agent signing, Patrick Laine assisted on the play.
Vitali Kravtsov sealed the game with an empty-netter late in the third period to send the Rangers to their first win of the season.