Summary: Vincent Trocheck’s go-ahead goal in the third period led the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes in their home opener. Igor Shesterkin’s penalty shot save with under five minutes left helped seal the win. The Rangers now have two wins in three games this season.
Vincent Trocheck scored the decisive goal on a power play at 8:26 in the third period, breaking the 1-1 tie. This came after Coyotes goalie Connor Ingram made an impressive pad save on Mika Zibanejad’s shot. Chris Kreider also contributed with a goal for the Rangers. Trocheck’s goal was assisted by Adam Fox and Artemi Panarin.
Shesterkin, the Rangers’ goalkeeper, made a total of 26 saves and denied Jason Zucker on a penalty shot to preserve the one-goal lead. The Coyotes’ only goal came from Clayton Keller. The Rangers were able to hold off the Coyotes during a 5-on-3 disadvantage in the second period.
The Coyotes had an opportunity to tie the game during a full 5-on-3 advantage and a penalty shot, but failed to convert. Arizona defenseman Sean Durzi commended the team’s resilience and belief until the end of the game. The Coyotes were aiming for a 2-0-0 start, something they haven’t achieved since 2015-16.
The Rangers have a strong historical record against the Coyotes, with at least one point in 16 of their last 17 meetings. They are 14-1-2 against Arizona since March 24, 2014, and have a perfect 12-0-2 record at home since the 2008-09 season.
Kreider opened the scoring in the first period with his fourth goal in three games. Keller tied the game for the Coyotes on a power play in the second period. The Rangers split their first two games of the season, with a win against Buffalo and a loss against Columbus.
The win in their home opener is a positive start for the Rangers, who made a coaching change in the off-season. Peter Laviolette took over from Gerard Gallant, and the team is still adapting to new offensive systems. Kreider’s next goal will tie him with Andy Bathgate at fourth place on the Rangers’ career goal list.
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