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With Franchise Hockey manger 7 being released this past week, it was time for a new Dynasty. Hopefully one I actually make it a few seasons into. My original thought was doing a "what if" 1979 season. What if the NHL took all 7 WHA teams, including Wayne Gretzky's Indianapolis Racers. But that's gonna take alot more time to set up with logos and rosters. So for the time being, I'm gonna start with a modern day NHL dynasty. Please welcome back, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
 

Anaheim announces changes

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In a surprise move the Anaheim Ducks are making multiple changes in the organization. Up first is the team name and branding. For the first time since the 2005-2006 season the team will once again be called the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. They will also be reverting back to their inaugural logos and jerseys. Anaheim won the Stanley Cup the first year they dropped the “Mighty” but they have not been to the Stanley Cup Finals in the past 13 seasons since.

The Mighty Ducks also announced a new GM in the same press conference. After back to back seasons of not qualifying for the playoffs and getting swept by in-state rival the San Jose Sharks the last time they did make the playoffs, ownership announced it was time to look for new or in this case old blood.

Taking over the GM responsibilities for the newly renamed Mighty Ducks will be a very familiar face for Duck fans, the teams 1st ever draft pick and 4th overall in 1993, Paul Kariya. Kariya played for the Ducks for 9 seasons from 1994-2003.

Changes in AHL affiliate for the Mighty Ducks

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In other news the the team announced they have also changed their AHL affiliation and have cut ties with the San Diego Gulls, who have been their affiliate since 2015. The Mighty Ducks have annoucned they are bringing back the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to the AHL. Cincinnati was the affiliate from 1997-2005.


The Mighty Ducks open preseason tomorrow night against instate rivals San Jose Sharks. The Sharks finished 8th in the Pacific last season, going 29-36 and failing to qualify for the playoffs.

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The Mighty Ducks went 4-3 in the preseason. Ryan Getzlaf led the Ducks with 5 goals and 3 assists. C David Backes and C Derek Grant both had lackluster preseasons. Backes scored 1 goal in his 5 games played and had a game rating of 55. Grant didn’t get on the scoreboard and also had a 55 game rating.

John Gibson started 4 games and going 3-1, allowing a total of 10 goals. Anthony Stolarz started the other 3 games, going 1-2. Including giving up 5 goals in the final game to the Montreal Canadiens.

Anaheim has also placed C Ryan Kesler on injured reserve. He is listed as out indefinitely with hip soreness. Anaheim has also placed C David Backes and defenseman Jacob Larsson on waivers with intent to sent them to Cincinnati.

Opening night rosters for the Anaheim is set and we know the projected lines for the AHL Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.

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Anaheim Mighty Ducks opening night roster

 

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Cincinnati Mighty Ducks projected opening night roster.


2020 NHL Season Preview
With the National Hockey League season about to get underway, the early Stanley Cup favorites appear to be Tampa Bay, led by winger Nikita Kucherov. General Manager Julien BriseBois has built a squad that will be the team to beat this year, but they can expect challenges from Don Sweeney’s Boston Bruins and Toronto, featuring winger Mitch Marner.

Among the darkhorses, Vegas stands out as a possible challenger, with a big season by Mark Stone capable of pushing them into contender status.

The scoring race will likely see Edmonton’s Connor McDavid challenged by Nikita Kucherov of Tampa Bay and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon.

The top defenceman in the league is generally considered to be Nashville Predators blueliner Roman Josi, with Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman and John Carlson of Washington also in the running.

Finally, among goaltenders, Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy stands out as the league’s best, while Winnipeg Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck and John Gibson of Anaheim can also steal games for their teams.


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Chandler Stephenson

Trade between Vegas and Ottawa – Done deal! The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to send: Chandler Stephenson, LW, 26 to the Ottawa Senators for: 3rd Round Draft Pick (Ottawa), 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The trade, rumored for days, was completed in the wee hours this morning.

 
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The Mighty Ducks start their season on the the road, visiting the Gila River Arena to take on the Arizona Coyotes before a 2 game home stand at the Honda Center to take on the ampa Bay Lightning & the instate rival San Jose Sharks.

Mighty Ducks pick up first win of the season

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It took 18 minutes and 5 seconds for the first goal of the season for either team and it came from Maime Comtois, with assaists going to Derek Grant and Josh Manson. In 29 games in Anaheim last season, Comtois scored only 5 goals.

The Ducks would add 2 more before the mid point of the 2nd period to give them a 3-0 lead. The first goal came at the 4:09 mark on the power play thanks to a Phil Kessel tripping penalty. Danton Heinen would get the goal with assists coming from Brandan Guhle and Ryan Getzlaf. Just 3 minutes later Adam Henrique would score with assists going to Danton Heinen and Sonny Milano. Nick Schmaltz would score at the 10:54 mark to put Arizona on the board. The lone assist on the goal went to Niklas Hjalmarsson.

The Coyotes would net the lone goal in the 3rd period at the 2:14 mark when Oliver Eklman Larsson would score his first of the season, with Conor Garland and Phil Kessel picking up the assists.

Jon Gibson would stop 33 of 25 shots on the way to the win, Antti Raanta would stop 29 of 32 to take the loss.

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RW Brock Boeser Hurt – Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks could be headed to the IR after suffering an intercostal strain in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. He is expected to miss at least 3 weeks. The Vancouver right wing was injured skating.


Mighty Ducks hang on for one goal win

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The 15,594 in attendance got to see the newly rebranded or retro, whatever it’s considered, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the first time this season with the home opener against defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. John Gibson got his 2nd straight start of the season coming off the 3-2 win against Arizona. Andrei Vasilevskiy got the start for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay would get on the board first when Tyler Johnson let a shot go from the point that got past Gibson at the 5:05 mark of the 1st period to make it 1-0. Patrick Maroon would get the lone assist, his 1st of the season.

The Mighty Ducks came back 3 minutes later to tie it when Cam Fowler (1) would chase down a loose puck deep in the zone who was able to find Ryan Getzlaf (2) who in turn found a waiting Rickard Rakell who put a slap shot past Vasilevskiy on the power play.

Just 19 seconds later Vasilevskiy let a wrist shot from Brendan Guhle tricle past his glove side to give the Mighty Ducks the 2-1 lead. The lone assist went to Jakob Silfverberg his 1st of the season. The Mighty Ducks would end the 1st period netting another one to make it 3-1. This time Derek Grant shot a slapper from the point on assists from Carter Rowney (1) and Maxime Comtois (1).

The 2nd period was all Tampa Bay but that all came in the last minute of the period. At the 19:04 mark Ondrej Palat would score his 1st of the seaosn at even strength with the assist going to Tyler Johnson (1). 44 seconds later Blake Coleman would score his 1st, also at even strength. With assists going to Braydon Coburn (1) and Nikita Kucherov (2).

The teams would stay tied at 3 till midway through the 3rd. Vasilevskiy mad a pad save but left a juicy rebound that Hampus Lindholm (1) was able to pick up and put a shot on goal that fooled Vasilevskiy to put the Ducks up 4-3. The assists went to Josh Manson (2) and Sonny Milano (2).

The Mighty Ducks outshot the Lightning 31-26. The Ducks were 1-3 on the powerplay, while Tampa Bay was 0-2. Gibson would stop 23 of 26 for the win and Vasilevskiy would stop 27 of 31 to take the loss.

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No Further Discipline for Columbus’s Domi
The NHL has announced that Columbus Blue Jackets centre Max Domi has been checked for an incident in last night’s game but no additional punishment was given.

Hurricanes’s Trocheck Suspended
The NHL announced that Carolina Hurricanes centre Vincent Trocheck has been suspended for an incident in last night’s game. He will be unavailable for his team’s next 2 games.

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Senators Claim LW Max McCormick From Waivers
The Ottawa Senators have taken to the waiver wire in an effort to improve the club. They claimed Max McCormick today and the 28-year-old left wing is expected to join the club later today.


Mighty Ducks & Sharks go to shootout

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It took more then the scheduled 60 minutes but the Mighty Ducks were able to send the 16,572 fans in attendance home happy.

It took just 17 seconds for the San Jose Sharks to get on the board. Tomas Hertl won a faceoff and the Sharks quickly got it over to Timo Meier who wristed one past John Gibson for the early 1-0 lead. Hertl picked up his 3rd assist of the season, while Evander Kane picked up his 4th. The Mighty Ducks would tie it just over a minute later when Danton Heinen was able to redirect a Christian Djoos (1) snap shot past Devan Dubnyk. Adam Henrique (1) picked up the 2nd assist.

The Sharks would make it 2-1 when Tomas Hertl (3, ES) would score on assists from Evander Kane (5) and Radim Simek (2). The Mighty Ducks would be handed a power play on the lone penalty of the period, a 2 minute minor for tripping given to Jacob Middleton. The Mighty Ducks would make the Sharks pay, Ryan Getzlaf scored his 1st goal of the season. The assists going to Adam Henrique (2) and Danton Heinen (2). Adam Henrique would then score his 2nd of the season at the 13:19 mark with the lone assist going to Sonny Milano (3) to give the ducks a 3-1 lead at the end of the 1st period.

Both teams swapped goals in the 2nd period. Starting with Jacob Middleton of San Jose scoring his 1st at even strength. Jay Boumeester (1) and Kevin Labanc (2) with the assists. 8 minutes later Danton Heinen would give the Mighty Ducks a 1 goal lead again, scoring his 2nd of the game and 3rd of the season. With assists going to Kevin Shattenkirk (1) and Adam Henrique (3).

San Jose would tie it back up at the 3:17 mark of the 3rd period. When Ryan Donato redirected a pass from Radim Simek on goal and past Gibson to tie the game at 4. The teams would end regulation tied at 4.

In the shootout Adam Henrique would put the Ducks on the board 1st, being the first shooter to attempt a shot. He would be the only one in the shootout who would score and the Mighty Ducks would hold go on to win 4-3.

Both the Mighty Ducks and the Sharks neither have lost yet in regulation. This is the only loss the Sharks have in overtime. The Mighty Ducks move to 3-0-0 6 points, while the Sharks move to 3-0-1 7 points.

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Jon Marchessault Has a Good Game
Jon Marchessault had a good night in a 9 – 4 Vegas Golden Knights win against the Philadelphia Flyers. His stats line for the night included 5 goals and 1 assists for 6 points in 18:11 minutes of ice time.

Erik Gustafsson Keeps Fans on their Feet All Night
Erik Gustafsson had a memorable night in a 9 – 4 Philadelphia Flyers loss against the Vegas Golden Knights. His stats line for the night included 3 goals and 0 assists for 3 points in 25:47 minutes of ice time.

Dustin Brown has Tallied 300 Goals
Dustin Brown now has 300 goals in the NHL. The right wing reached this career number in yesterday’s win with his Los Angeles Kings against the Carolina Hurricanes. His stats line for the night was 1 goals and 0 assists for 1 points in 21:27 minutes of ice time.
Los Angeles 5 @ 4 Carolina F/SO

Bluejackets RW Atkinson Hurt Against Canadiens, Shelved 6 months
Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets a ruptured ulnar collateral ligament in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. He is expected to miss at least 6 months. The Columbus right wing was injured colliding with the boards.

 

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Mighty Ducks win by 1 in Pittsburgh

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The Mighty Ducks rolled into PPG Paints Arena on a 3 game winning streak and undefeated on the season. Anthony Stolarz got the start for the Mighty Ducks, it was the 26 year olds first start of the young season. Stolarz started 39 games last year for the AHL San Diego Gulls. His teammates in front of him would give him a 1 goal cushion at the 14:51 mark of the 1st period when Jakob Silfverberg was able to body defenseman Mike Matheson off the puck and skate into the circle where he trickles one past Tristan Jarry. It was the first goal of the season for Silfverberg, with the assist going to Josh Manson (3).

The Penguins would tie it with the lone goal in the 2nd period. Crosby would break in behind the defense and make a move on Stolarz, that Stolarz was able to get a blocker on. Crosby would then grab the rebound and make a pass to Jake Guentzel who would net his 3rd of the season. Crosby (3) and Brian Dumoulin would get the assists.

The Penguins would start the 3rd with a bad boarding penalty by Teddy Bluegar, that would put the Mighty Ducks on the power play. Their 3rd of the game. On that power play the Mighty Ducks were able to get Tristan Jarry out position and moving. It started with a Brendan Guhle one timer that Jarry had to make a diving save on. After a couple wacks by multiple players on the rebound, Danton Heinen was able to find the back of the net for his 4th goal of the season. The assists went to Rickard Rakell (1) and Brendan Guhle (2).

Pittsburgh outshot Anaheim 34-32 and out hit the Mighty Ducks 25-20. Anthony Stolarz would pick up the win in his first start, stopping 33 of 34. Tristan Jarry would stop 30 of 32.

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Suspension for St. Louis’s Clifford
St. Louis Blues left wing Kyle Clifford has been suspended by the NHL for an incident in last night’s game. He will be unavailable for his team’s next 6 games.


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Trade between Detroit and Ottawa
The Detroit Red Wings swapped: Rights to William Wallinder, RD, 18 for:
Evgeni Dadonov, RW, 31 of the Senators after what Ottawa officials would only characterize as “difficult” negotiations.


Ducks win in OT

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It took 62 minutes and 54 seconds for either team to find the back of the net. Hampus Lindholm would break away just under the 3 minute mark of the overtime and would make his opportunity count as he’d get the puck past Jordan Binnington to give the Mighty Ducks the 1-0 win and his 2nd goal of the season. The lone assist went to Adam Henrique his 4th of the season.

John Gibson would stop all 37 shots he faced while Jordan Binnington would stop 21 of 22 he faced.

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Unfortunately it wasn’t all good for the undefeated Mighty Ducks, as they lost their top rated defenceman Cam Folwer for the next 2-3 weeks with a pinched nerve in the neck.

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Ottawa Picks RW Daniel Sprang Off Waivers
The winless Ottawa Senators (0-5-1) have added some youth, taking a gamble on 23-year-old Daniel Sprong, who today was claimed on waivers. ‘They obviously see some potential in me and I thank them for that,” he said.

Ness Doesn’t Clear Waivers, Claimed by Bluejackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed Aaron Ness off waivers.

Boyle and the Red Wings Agree to Move On from Each Other
The Detroit and disgruntled goalie Kevin Boyle have agreed to mutually terminate Boyle’s contract. Boyle is now a free agent. A source told reporters, “Sometimes it is just business.”


Mighty Ducks double up Capitals

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It was a rough night penalty wise for the Washington Capitals. They took 5 penalties in the 1st period including a roughing and 10 minute game misconduct by Jakub Vrana. The Mighty Ducks would go on to score on that power play, when Danton Heinen scored his 5th of the season, with the assist going to Ryan Getzlaf his 3rd of the season.

Getzlaf then would then score his 2nd of the season 13 minutes later on the power play after a 2 minute tripping penalty to Evgeny Kuznetsov. Brendan Guhle (3) and Rickard Rakell (2) with the assists. Heinen would core his 6th of the season with the only goal in the 2nd period. Brendan Guhle (4) and Kodie Curran (1) with the assists.

The Capitals would finally get on the scoreboard at the 13:43 mark of the 3rd period with a goal by Jakub Vrana (5, ES) with Brenden Dillon (1) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (2) with the assists. Maxime Comtois (2, ES) would get the goal back for the Mighty Ducks before Nicklas Backstrom would drop the lead back down to 2 with just over a minute remaining in the game.

The loss was Washington’s first of the season in regulation. The Mighty Ducks also lost winger Sonny Milano for 1-2 weeks with a tender elbow.

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Next week the Mighty Ducks play 3 games. Starting with the Red Wings (1-4-0) on Monday before a 4 game road swing, starting with the New York Islanders (3-0-0) on Thursday and the New York Rangers (3-2-1) on Saturday.

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Trade between Tampa Bay and Boston
Multiple sources are reporting that Tampa Bay and Boston have agreed in principle to a swap that will send: Blake Coleman, LW, 28 to the Bruins with:
3rd Round Draft Pick (Boston), 2021 NHL Entry Draft joining the Lightning.
Tampa Bay’s general manager would not confirm the trade, but a team representative close to the negotiations said the deal is official and is now only awaiting approval from the league.

Matt Duchene has Racked Up 600 Points
Matt Duchene now has 600 points in the NHL. The centre reached this accomplishment in yesterday’s win with his Nashville Predators against the New York Islanders. His stats line for the night was 1 goals and 1 assists for 2 points in 20:41 minutes of ice time in the Nashville 7-2 win over New York.

Trade between Tampa Bay and New York
The Tampa Bay Lightning have made a deal sending: Braydon Coburn, LD, 35 to the New York Rangers for: 3rd Round Draft Pick (NewYork), 2021 NHL Entry Draft
Both sides are said to be pleased with the way the trade worked out.


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Mighty Ducks pick up shootout win

The Detriot Red Wings jumped out to a early 2-0 lead in the 1st period. Erik Haula and Filip Hronek both scored their first goals of the season. Vladislav Namestnikov got his first assist of the season on the Haula goal and Danny DeKeyser got his first assist on the Hronek goal.

The Mighty Ducks would get back to within one with just under 7 minutes remaining in the first period when Ryan Getzlaf was able redirect a Silfverberg shot to sneak one past Jimmy Howard. Jakob Silfverb (2) and Rickard Rakell (3) got the assists.

The 2nd period featured only one goal, when 25 year old winger Danton Heinen scored his 7th of the season. The lone assist went to Adam Henrique, his 5th of the season. The teams would remain stalemate throughout the 3rd period and go into overtime tied at 2.

And it would take 3 rounds of the shootout for either team to get one past the opposing goalie when Danton Heinen scored and Tyler Bertuzzi was unable to match him. The Mighty Ducks would take the 3-2 win.

The Mighty Ducks have now won 7 straight games. When head coach Dallas Eakins was able his thoughts on the 7-0 start he said “It’s a long season of ebbs and flows. We will lose one soon and then more then that. We just have to look at the long term future.”

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Mighty Ducks double up Islanders

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We have no official numbers but I would guess the exits saw alot of action after the 1st period. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim saw themselves with a 5-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. It started just 1:15 into the game when Derek Grant scored his 2nd of the season with both teams 5 on 5. Maxime Comtois (2) and Kodie Curran (2) picked up the assists. 58 seconds later both Comtois and Curran would pick up assists again, this time on a Carter Rowney goal, his first of the season. It would take another 9 minutes before another goal. This time it was Kodie Curran getting his 1st of the season with the assists going to Derek Grant (3) and Rickard Rakell (4).

At the 14:39 mark Josh Manson would score a shorthanded goal, with the assist going to Hampus Linholm (1). It was the first goal of the year for Manson. With just 2 seconds remaining in the 1st, Ryan Getzlaf would score his 4th of the season with the assist going to Kevin Shattenkirk (2).

The Islanders would get 2 goals back when Josh Bailey got his 1st of the season and Anthony Beauvillier scored his 5th. The Ducks would add another at the 19:34 mark with Nicolas Deslauriers scoring his 1st of the season.

The Islanders would add one midway through the 3rd period but Mighty Ducks take the 6-3 win. Ilya Sorokin started the game in net for the Islanders and lasted 39:35 before being pulled in exchange for Semyon Varlamov. Sorokin allowed 6 goals on 31 shots. Varlamov stopped all 7 shots he faced. John Gibson for the Mighty Ducks stopped 30 of 33.

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Shea Weber has Reached 1000 GP
Shea Weber now has 1000 games played in the NHL. The defenceman reached this milestone in yesterday’s loss with his Montreal Canadiens against the
Minnesota Wild. His stats line for the night was 0 assists and 0 goals for 0 points in 25:27 minutes of ice time in the Montreal loss, 4-2 in Minnesota.

Flyers Claim D Mikko Lehtonen From Waivers
Mikko Lehtonen’s (2.0/2.0) National Hockey League career will continue in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Flyers claimed the 26-year-old defenceman today, although it remains unclear what his role and playing time will be with the club.

Agostino Doesn’t Clear Waivers, Claimed by Stars
The Dallas Stars have claimed Kenny Agostino (2.0/2.0) off waivers. The 28 year old LW has 1 goal and 1 assist in his solo game in the AHL this season.

Trade between Buffalo and Arizona
The Sabres and Coyotes have been engaged in a little wheeling and dealing. They have just concluded a trade with: Curtis Lazar, C, 25 (2.0/2.0) going to Arizona in exchange for:
Rights to Elliot Ekefjärd, RW, 18 (0.5/2.0).


Rangers give Mighty Ducks first loss of season

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Ryan Getzlaf set a new NHL record, with the quickest goal to open a game in NHL history. Beating Merlyn Phillips and (1926-27) and Doug Smail (1981-82) former record of 5 seconds by scoring just 4 seconds into the game. That ties the 3 previous fastest any period; Claude Provost (2nd period, 1957-58), Denis Savard (3rd period, 1985-86) and James van Riemsdyk (2nd period, 2013-14). The lone assist on the goal for Getzlaf was Rickard Rakell, his 5th of the season.

Filip Chytil would tie it at the 16:55 mark with his 1st of the season, on the power play. Assists went to Adam Fox (2) and Artemi Panarin (8). The Rangers would make it a 2 goal lead in the 2nd period when Filip Chytilk would score his 2nd of the game with assist to Artemi Panarin (9). Just 45 seconds after that goal, Kaapo Kakko (3) would make it 3-1 Rangers. Mika Zibanejad (6) and Pavel Buchnevich (3) with the assists.

Adam Fox (2) would score the lone goal in the 3rd period to make it 4-1 Rangers. Mika Zibanejad (7) and Pavel Buchnevich (4) with the assists.

Igor Shesterkin picked up the win, stopping 25 of 26 shots. John Gibson take his first loss, stopping 38 of 42.

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