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Rangers’ Pavel Buchnevich scores goal No. 20 for first time in career (Video)

This season has seen few highlights for the New York Rangers, but not for Pavel Buchnevich who has a career high in goals. 

Dom Renna

If you asked anyone back in January how many goals Pavel Buchnevich would have at the end of March, the response would have been nowhere near to 20.

Well, that’s not the case anymore as Buchnevich continues to establish his career year.

Against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at the 16:25 mark of the first period, Buchnevich was the recipient of some great passing by Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. This one was the magic No. 20.

Entering play Sunday, Buchnevich was just one goal away from reaching the 20 goal plateau for the first time in his career, and career-point number 100. He even came close to achieving the mark only to be robbed early by Flyers goalie Carter Hart. Not this time, though.

Overall, Buchnevich has performed wonders this season while coming back from several healthy scratches and callouts in the media by his head coach David Quinn. But once he started buying into what Quinn was teaching, he’s become a completely different player over the last few weeks.

The goal gives Buchenvich a seven-game points streak and points in eight of his last nine games. In that span, he’s scored four goals while picking up four assists and putting 22 shots on net.

Buchnevich will look to keep finding the back of the net and show the Rangers he can be a reliable source of offense as they conclude their season. Including Sunday’s affair in Philadelphia, New York will play five games in seven days to close out the season, so he’ll have plenty of time to prove just that.

The Rangers lead the Flyers 2-0 after one period of play in Philly.

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