New York Rangers Snap Five-Game Losing Streak, Beat Nashville 4-2 (Highlights)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates with his teammates Brendan Smith #42, Brady Skjei #76 and Mika Zibanejad #93 after scoring a goal against Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators during the third 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)

The Rangers played their first complete game of the season snapping their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory. 

For the first time this season, the Rangers came out and dominated the first period. From puck drop to the final buzzer, New York was the more aggressive team and built momentum throughout the period, killing three penalties through the first 20 minutes.

At the 14:58 mark of the game, Jesper Fast gave the Rangers just their third first-period lead of the season.

Coming into this afternoon Chris Kreider was still looking for his first goal of the season. But not anymore. Kreider took advantage of a great pass from J.T. Miller and one-timed it past Jussi Saros on the powerplay for a 2-0 lead going into the second.

Henrik Lundqvist, playing his 750th career game, would make nine saves in the period and the Rangers would take just their second multi-goal lead this season into the locker room.

Nashville wasn’t going to sit there and let a team on a losing streak blow them out of the building. Mattias Ekholm would blast one past Lundqvist to cut the Rangers lead in half at the 1:44 mark of the second period.

But the Rangers and Kevin Hayes answered right back on a beautiful rush.

With 4:30 to go in the second, Nashville caught a break to make things interesting, as a deflected shot hit Lundqvist’s glove but went behind him and in the back of the net.

Jimmy Vesey would add an empty-net goal at the 19:21 mark of the third period after the Rangers had to battle defensively to preserve the victory.

The Blueshirts will host the San Jose Sharks on Monday night to try and make it two wins in a row. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.


Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.