All who really wanted to get out of this show match was to get out healthy. It seems, after the fright, that the Rangers have achieved this goal.
Because although Mark Stal, Bluschert with 104 matches of the Stanley Cup playoffs, after the second period left a 2: 1 defeat on Wednesday to the islanders in Toronto and did not return, he must be good to go to Saturday’s game 1 against Carolina.
“It was just cautious,” David Quinn said when asked about the issue. “[He’ll be OK.]”
Next time, of course, it will be true for the Rangers, who were relatively warm in their warm-up on Wednesday, not that no one should read too much in this first game in 141 days, and the one played without a fan in the stands.
The tempo was pretty good, even though the Blueshirts, such as Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanedjad, often looked as if they had played their first game in four months. The same goes for Chris Kreder, who hasn’t been competitive on the ice since breaking his leg in Philadelphia on Feb. 28.
The fact is, and this is an observation, not a critique. Panarin was quite pedestrian, as the Blushers officially took place on July 13. One can assume that this is an example of a great athlete who knows his body and his abilities on Saturday, but the Rangers will obviously need their Hart Trophy finalist to get on the running ice when the puck drops just after noon on Saturday.
Igor Shesterkin was barely tested in his preparatory work for the expected start on Saturday 1 game, which allowed to score one goal at close range Anthony Boville in the middle of the second period, facing the sum of seven shots at 29:15. The purpose of Bevelier, a short cider on a stick, was created by Andrew Green, who stretched out the ice of Adam Fox. The goal came on the first strike of the island islands.
Henryk Lundqvist, who deprived Shesterkin, was outstanding, beaten only by Devon Towes on the right crank, who did not have five minutes to play in the third period. This was a transfer from the camp, during which the king was extremely sharp.
Lundqvist has started the last 127 Rangers playoff games since the second game of the 2006 first round against the Devils. Qualifying games will not be counted in the playoffs, so technically this band will live, technically, even if Lundqvist is on the bench when the puck drops on Saturday.
Kaapo Kakko played with the same confidence and emotion he showed at the two-week Blushert summer camp. The 19-year-old Finn worked well with the third-line jump Philip Chitil, creating a chance to score in the second period against Semyon Varlamov.
And it was Chitil who went into the net to bury the second shot of Jesper Fast with 3:38, which remained in the match to bring the Blushers within 2-1. The Rangers were the toughest team in the top six throughout the season. If Kid Kakko and Kid Chytil can create a dangerous third line, it will definitely change the dynamics.