Rangers rush Pavel Buchnevich’s Blues to end skid

The Rangers rallied for their 18th come-from-behind win in the NHL at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, overcoming a one-goal deficit with three unanswered goals early in the third period to secure a 5-3 win over the to achieve blues.

Not even the effect of Pavel Buchnevich’s return to his old workplace would stand in the way of the Rangers. As valiantly as the former Blueshirt and Blues fought, scoring three goals from three shots in a 2:14 span in the second half, Rangers found a way to avoid their third straight regular loss – a slip they must this season still experience.

With about 12 ½ minutes to go in the final period, the puck broke free after a Rangers charge and landed at the top of the zone at defender Patrik Nemeth. Nemeth had a wide-open net and blasted a shot that ricocheted off Blues forward Ivan Barbashev’s skate off the post and into his first goal of the season to end the game 3-3.

Rangers earned a power play shortly after when Colton Parayko was called out for delaying the game. Adam Fox sent in a shot from the top of the zone that Kreider tapped in at 11:40 to regain the lead for Rangers. Artemi Panarin then crowned the goal with a blank hit.

Igor Sheterkin stops No. 89 Pavel Buchnevich's breakaway in Rangers' 5-3 win over the Blues.
Igor Sheterkin stops No. 89 Pavel Buchnevich’s breakaway in Rangers’ 5-3 win over the Blues.
NY Post: Charles Wenzelberg

As much as Rangers could have celebrated their late-game rally, head coach Gerard Gallant and the rest of the team were elated as the Blues’ flood of goals changed the game.

“It’s a great thing, but I was really disappointed to give up those three like that,” Gallant said of the team’s resilience after the win. “[Goalie Igor Shesterkin] I played his tail again tonight. He made some incredible saves in that first half and in the last eight minutes of that half he was incredible to give us a 1-0 lead.

“This is what happens when you have character on your team, good leadership. They find a way and dig in between periods.”

Rangers players celebrate Ryan Strome's goal in the second half of their win over the Blues.
Rangers players celebrate Ryan Strome’s goal in the second half of their win over the Blues.
NY Post: Charles Wenzelberg

After Ryan Strome whipped a feed from Panarin past St. Louis goaltender Ville Husso to extend the lead to 2-0 early in midfield, Rangers suddenly became spectators as the Blues capitalized on three straight shots.

First, an odd rush ended with Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly passing Shesterkin. Barbashev then defeated Shesterkin High Glove just over a minute later to level the score. The Blues snapped their first lead of the evening through David Perron’s goal by 15.8 seconds in midframe to send the Blues 3-2 into the third period.

Rangers lost fourth-line center Kevin Rooney after the first 20 minutes, forcing Gallant to go with 11 forwards and change his lines as well. Rooney, who won 3 of 4 faceoffs in 5:26, stayed in the dressing room after the first break with what Rangers said was an upper-body injury. Gallant did not have an immediate update on Rooney after the game.

Still, the Blueshirts found a way to snag two points. Just call them Comeback Kids.

“There will be certain nights when you don’t have it,” Kreider said. “But obviously being able to dig in and do whatever it takes to win hockey games is easier when you have the best goalie in the world. But at the same time, being able to find our game, being able to forget a bad shift or a bad time, not letting it stack up, not letting the frustration get the better of us, and not just going out and going to work. But start working hard and working and communicating for each other.” Rangers rush Pavel Buchnevich’s Blues to end skid


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