New York Rangers: Mika Zibanejad's Caps Off Antti Raanta's Stellar Night (Highlights)
Mar 6, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) shoots the puck as New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It was Mika Zibanejad, again, who capitalized on the 3-on-3 overtime to lift the New York Rangers past the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • New York Rangers 1 (42-22-2, 86 pts)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning 0 (30-26-9, 69 pts)
  • NHL, Final, Box Score
  • Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
These New York Rangers seemed to just have a different attitude from the outset of this game in sunny Tampa against the Lightning. They were tough. They were agitated.

Did that mean they played brilliant hockey? No, absolutely not.

New York surrendered 38 shots on the night. However, Antti Raanta turned in, perhaps, the Rangers best goaltending performance of the season in the Blueshirts 1-0 overtime win.

The only goal came via Mika Zibanejad, the man who seems to now have the knack for scoring the OT goal. He was setup by captain Ryan McDonagh:

There was only one goal scored thanks to the goalies and just like Raanta, Tampa’s Andrei Vasilevskiy (now the clear No. 1 with Ben Bishop out of town), was equally brilliant. He stopped 33 of the 34 shots he was tasked with.

After losing three of four games and struggling mightily, New York bounced back in a major way. Some will point to the aggression they played with. Some of this aggression was spearheaded by Tanner Glass who not only played his first game in the NHL this season, but made the most of his early by dropping the gloves:

Tonight, though, was Raanta’s night. He was superb.

Now sitting with a cool 86 points, the Rangers will next take on the Panters in Sunrise Tuesday (tomorrow) night.

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