The Rangers weren’t on the receiving end of any Saint Patrick’s Day luck on Saturday night, as the St. Louis Blues handed them a 4-3 overtime loss. The Blues have now won four out of their last five after winning just one of their ten prior contests, and the Blueshirts still boast an impressive 5-2-2 record since their fire-sale.
The Blues opened the scoring late in the first period when Alex Pietrangelo beat Alexandar Georgiev, who was rewarded for his stellar play with a third consecutive start. Mika Zibanejad tied the game early in the second, but the Blues regained the lead about two minutes later with Nikita Soshnikov’s first tally since his arrival in Missouri. However, the Rangers ended the middle period with the lead thanks to a goal from Mats Zuccarello, and Mika Zibanejad’s career-high 23rd snipe of the season, on which he finished off a marvelous pass from Chris Kreider.
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The Broadway Blueshirts failed to protect their lead, as Alex Pietrangelo knotted the game with his second of the night five minutes into the final frame. In extra time, Brayden Schenn left John Gilmour in the dust with a pretty spin move, and fired a shot past the Rangers’ rookie goaltender to give the Blues a victory.
The notable performers in this one for the Blueshirts were again Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. Zibanejad has 7 points in his last 3 games, while Kreider has recorded 6 in that same span. Additionally, Neal Pionk added yet another assist, and now has 10 in his first 18 NHL games. Finally, St. Louis was led by their captain, Alex Pietrangelo, who posted a three-point-night.
The Rangers will look to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday when they will get the chance to play spoiler, as they host the Columbus Jackets (7:00 PM, MSG). Henrik Lundqvist will be back between the pipes.
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