The New York Rangers were all over the Vancouver Canucks this evening, but a late third period goal by Tyler Myers gave Vancouver their seventh straight victory. New York controlled the play throughout all three periods this evening, but Jacob Markstrom played out of his mind and gave the Canucks a chance in this game. Alexandar Georgiev started in net for the Rangers tonight and had a relatively light workload until the game winning goal beat him late in the third period.
Antoine Roussel (5) - Loui Eriksson (2) & Bo Horvat (22) - 1:46 1st Period
Vancouver was able to jump out to a quick lead just under two minutes into the game courtesy of Antoine Roussel. A shot from the corner by Bo Horvat would up getting deflected on net by Loui Eriksson and caromed in front of the net. Alexandar Georgiev had a chance to cover the puck but elected to clear the puck and put it right on Antoine Roussel’s stick in the slot.
Pavel Buchnevich (7) - Chris Kreider (14) - 7:59 1st Period
Nearly six minutes later, the Rangers were able to tie up the game with a great pass out in front of the net by Chris Kreider. Pavel Buchnevich took a hard hit in the corner just prior to the goal, popped right back up on his feet, and planted himself in a perfect shooting position. Chris Kreider was able to make an unreal pass from behind the net and Buchnevich rifled home his seventh goal of the season.
Tyler Myers (4) - Bo Horvat (23) & Quinn Hughes (26) - 18:31 3rd Period
Up until this point in the game, the Rangers were just swarming the Canucks in their own zone but just couldn’t find a way to beat Jacob Markstrom. Vancouver had a short stint in the offensive zone late in the third period and Tyler Myers wound up scoring the game winning goal. The shot by Myers was relatively harmless in the sense that it didn’t have much power, but a screen in front of Alexandar Georgiev made the save that much more difficult. Georgiev was unable to see the puck around the screen and the Canucks took the lead with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
With the way the Rangers played tonight, they certainly deserved a better result than the outcome. They controlled the play at even strength by a wide margin, but they ran into a hot goaltender. Following tonight’s tough loss, the Rangers will have two scheduled off days as they travel back to New York. The next game on the schedule is set for Tuesday night against the visiting Colorado Avalanche.