Game Update: Kravtsov and Panarin tally in second

We are here live up in Section 419. The second period of preseason game number 4 is winding down.

The Rangers are up 2-0 on the Islanders. So far, so good. Interesting that the Isles decided to go mostly with regulars. Oliver Wahlstrom is playing. He is wearing number 54.

Following a strong first by Henrik Lundqvist, who made three dazzlers during one sequence, it’s been nice back and forth action. A good crowd too.

Goals have come from Vitali Kravtsov and Artemi Panarin. Both off great passing plays. Brett Howden set up Kravtsov and Pavel Buchnevich got the primary helper on Bread Man’s second of exhibition.

I must say Kravtsov has been impressive again. He just knows where to go and deserves to make the roster. He has some serious offensive instincts and also took the body defensively to help his second line and top pair Brady Skjei and Jacob Trouba get out of trouble.

Kaapo Kakko looks good with Howden and Kravtsov. He really uses his body well around the net and can carry defenders. Very strong on the forecheck. His biggest fan Statboy Steven is in the building. I actually met him by accident on the escalator when I noticed his awesome men’s league Kakko Jersey. That was cool. Kudos to you Steven. It was a pleasure. Have a safe trip home to Austria on Thursday!

Skjei has had a good night so far with a pair of helpers. Trouba also has an assist.

Lundqvist went the first half without allowing a goal. He got some good penalty killing from a unit that had struggled. They’re 3-for-3 due to good body position and smart defense.

Here are a couple of photos and a brief video of the goal song I snapped.

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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 Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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