Freeze Frame This


The Rangers are tied with the Bruins 1-1 after a period in Beantown on NBCSN. It didn’t start ideally with David Pastrnak getting his 34th on a early power play for Boston due to another bench minor. That’s gotta be 11. Yikes.

But following a great diving stick save by Henrik Lundqvist to rob Chris Wagner, the Rangers responded with some good play. Eventually, they earned a power play. Mika Zibanejad drew it. It was only fitting he would be the beneficiary on just a great rush up the ice for a beautiful power play goal that tied the game.

Zak of 4everBlueshirts provided it. Look at the quick transition. I love the Ryan Strome pass to a cutting Zibanejad for the sweet finish for number 29! Just wonderful.

The power play has been a sore spot. They rank close to the bottom. But this is how you draw it up. Credit Pavel Buchnevich too by drawing two Bruins as he gained access. The pass trapped them giving Strome time and space to find Zibanejad for his 69th point. One more to 70. It’s been a while since a Blueshirt reached that number. I’ll give you a hint. They’re retired.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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