New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat, 10/6/17: Despite Loss, Alain Vigneault Remains Positive
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal against Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators during the second period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Despite dropping the home opener, New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault found some positives he took from the game.

Alain Vigneault thought the team “played fast we had a lot of good looks.”

Despite the loss, the Rangers went 2-for-6 with their new power play units. They won 64 percent of their faceoffs, a dramatic increase from last season. They had plenty of opportunities to score but were unable to beat Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov at even strength.

Henrik Lundqvist took the loss last night, yet believes there is a lot to take from the game.

“The result was not what we were looking for, but a lot of good things to build on.”

Hank stopped 22 out of 25 shots with an empty net goal against.

Regardless of the result, it was a special night for Kevin Shattenkirk. Though a -3 on the night, he was a dominant force as he led the power-play and assisted on Mika Zibanejad’s first power-play goal.

Rookie Filip Chtyil started the night centering a line with Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello on the wings. He ended the night a -1, with one penalty taken ( pretty soft tripping call) and 7:40 time on ice. Considering he is 18 years-old, playing in his first NHL game, the ice time was expected.

The Rangers now head to Toronto for a game on Saturday night against Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs.

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Frank Curto

A graduate of St. John’s University class of ’91. I have been a fan of The New York Rangers since the days of Peter Puck. Founder of Ranger Proud, the Facebook page that covers all news, notes , pre /post game stats, and player quotes. Follow me at Facebook/RangerProud, Twitter @RangerProud & and @FrankCurto On Instagram, Ranger.proud