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Bantering Points: 10/19/21

New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 2, TOR 1 (5:07 video via
  • Game Recap: A strong effort from Igor Shesterkin allowed the Rangers to steal one point, and a timely goal from Artemiy Panarin allowed the team to steal a second one in Toronto (CBS)
  • Colin Stephenson saw Kevin Rooney’s promotion in the lineup as a sign of trust from Gerard Gallant (Newsday)
  • Stephenson also heard that the opportunity to play the Maple Leafs, a team the Blueshirts didn’t play during the 2020-21 campaign, has been a nice change of pace for the players (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano offers his takeaways from last night’s contest (LoHud)
  • Frank Curto believes that with injuries mounting, the Blueshirts will need their depth forwards to prove themselves (Empire Sports Media)
  • Rachel Nones notes that residents of Rangerstown should be patient with the team as they adjust to Gerard Gallant’s system (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

  • Erika Towne reports that San Jose Sharks’ forward Evander Kane has been suspended 21 games for violating the league’s COVID protocols by using a fake vaccination card (Fear The Fin)
  • Sean Leahy relays word that Ilya Kovalchuk has been named general manager for Team Russia ahead of the 2022 Beijing Olympics (NBC Sports)