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New York Rangers

December 4, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defender Adam Fox, 23, is celebrating with teammates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers are the hottest team in the NHL to have won ten of their last eleven games. They run in a six-match winning streak and do not appear to be slower.

Gerard Gallant continues to build on his bid for yet another Jack Adams Award, as his team’s record is now 16-4-3 for 35 points. These 16 victories are the most through their first 23 matches since Henrik Lundqvist’s heyday in 2015-16 and the Stanley Cup Championship season 1994.

Their 35 points are also just second most in that span since Rangers 1971-72 led by Emile Francis and his GAG Line by Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield. That team eventually went to the Stanley Cup final, where they fell to Bobby Orr’s Boston Bruins.

The New York Rangers continue to impress

Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome both put together a goal and two assists to lead host New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, extending their winning streak to six games.

“I think we work pretty well together and there is good energy in the locker room, also outside of ice,” Panarin said of Strome. “Good friends. We respect each other. Then the coach also gives us confidence.”

Adam Fox scored a goal and an assist, while goalkeeper Alexandar Georgiev made 25 saves for Rangers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Strome’s power-play goal, his second in as many nights, leveled the match before the five-minute mark of the frame. Strome completed a three-way pass game that also featured Fox and Panarin to achieve his fifth of the campaign.

Fox scored the clear goal with 2:35 left of the period.

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December 4, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) celebrates with his teammates after scoring in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Panarin’s shot was blocked by the maze of players in front of the net, but Fox was on the spot to bury the riposte and cash in his fifth goal of the season. The changing defender is running on a six-match scoring streak where he has amassed a goal and nine points. He has scored 25 points (5-20-25) in 23 games.

Then Panarin’s seventh goal of the year with 5:14 left in the regulation, a rebound number, after which he celebrated with a leg kick worthy of the Rockettes, made it a 3-1 match and held up as the match winner.

“I can judge from his response how he feels, even if he does not want to admit it,” Strome said of chemistry with Panarin. “He was going against his former team.”

Ranger able to play any kind of game and win

The Rangers extended their winning streak to six and did so in yet another game with one goal. By beating the Blackhawks 3-2, it was their 8th win in a close competition. Only Minnesota Wild has more this season with 9.

“We try to play the same way, we do not change,” Gallant said after the match. “You do not want to play the last six minutes to back up. We want to pre-check and that’s how you win hockey matches.”

This season, the team seems extremely comfortable in close matches as they are 8-1-3. That’s something Jacob Trouba noticed after beating the Sharks 1-0 on Friday.

“You have to play what the game requires,” Trouba said. “You get put in the situations you find a way to break the puck out, dump it in a lot, make games and get up on the ice and find a way to play our game. Different teams will present different challenges, but it’s nice to win a match, 1-0. ”

Up and down the row there is a different mood. In hockey, we often hear the phrase “next man up” when a player is injured. Blueshirts have certainly had to deal with injuries this season. Early in the year, they lost Strome to the COVID protocol in a couple of games, Kaapo Kakko to a torso injury in four games and Sammy Blais to the season with a torn ACL.

Now the Blueshirts have to fight without their # 1 goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin for a week. It just does not seem to phase them out.

“We’re coming to the rink and expecting to win matches,” Strome said of the feeling in the room. “We come to know that we are a good team and we have the ability to win matches when we put it together and that’s what we’ve done. It’s a good feeling right now.”

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– Field Level Media contributed to this report

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