Defenseman Ryan Lindgren’s heads-up play in the final seconds of regulation against the Sabres on Sunday night won the game for the Rangers.
With Chris Kreider and Barclay Goodrow combating three Sabres for the puck in the corner, Lindgren identified that it became acceptable to desert his post on the raze of the zone and whisk closer to Buffalo’s gain to put a shot on gain if he obtained the likelihood. And in a topic of milliseconds, Lindgren had the puck on his stick and became in top possible field to bat home the vital sport-winning goal of his NHL profession.
“Lindy’s a excellent hockey participant and he knew the time became working out,” head coach Gerard Mettlesome acknowledged after the gain. “So, why not lag to the gain?”
Lindgren makes these astute performs on the total, this one factual took field to garner a heap of consideration because it came in a broad moment. Plus, it marked the fourth goal Lindgren has scored since he made his NHL debut with the Rangers in January 2019.
Decide up the defensive play he and Adam Fox made in the Rangers’ zone that resulted in Kaapo Kakko’s 3-2 rating in the 2d period Sunday. An errant circulate from Artemi Panarin sprung Sabres winger Kyle Okposo by the neutral zone, but Lindgren and Fox converged.
Lindgren then bodied Okposo out of the play, and when a trailing Rasmus Asplund tried to carry out management of the puck, Fox’s dawdle test sent the Rangers the opposite potential. Ryan Strome came upon Kakko, who made a lag to the gain and beat Sabres goalie Aaron Dell.
“I don’t recount you’ll catch a guy in that room who doesn’t smile ought to you bring up his title,” Jacob Trouba acknowledged of Lindgren. “That’s the roughly guy he is, the roughly character he has. He brings so worthy extra to the team. It looks his face is barely less bloody this 300 and sixty five days, which is candy, but he looks to continuously be sticking his nostril in something, someplace. So, it’s fair correct to gape him gain rewarded and I recount all people’s very inflamed for him.”
With the gain over the Sabres, the Rangers prolonged their home gain lope to 5 games — their longest such lope since Dec. 22, 2019 to Jan. 13, 2020. The Rangers beget also recorded as a minimal one point for a ninth time in their previous 11 games, stringing together a 7-2-2 file over that span.
After recording three assists Sunday night, Artemi Panarin now has 50 profession three-point games, which is tied with the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane for the third-most in the NHL since 2015-16. It became also the 11th time since Panarin joined the Rangers in July 2019 that he recorded three or extra assists in a single sport, trailing only the Oilers’ Connor McDavid for the most amongst all players over that span.