Resilient Rangers relish shot to topple Kings

Resilient Rangers relish shot to topple Kings

While the New York Rangers await the return of their leading point scorer the past two seasons, Artemi Panarin, they have not lost any steam.The Rangers have won four of their past five heading into Monday’s road game against the Los Angeles Kings.New York hasn’t had Panarin in the lineup the past four games, and he was still trying to clear the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol as of Sunday.Other players have stepped up on the offensive end, however.Ryan Lindgren produced the first-multi goal game of his NHL career when he scored twice in a 4-1 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night, doubling his goal total on the season.Jarred Tinordi scored the go-ahead goal in the win over Anaheim, his first of the season and just the second goal in 108 NHL games.”I guess it’s a little extra special when guys who don’t score often, do a good job defensively and may not get so much credit on offense, they get to score,” said Mika Zibanejad, who scored the other goal for the Rangers on Saturday. “That’s fun, especially when they’re important goals.”The Kings are feeling confident as well after beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 on Saturday night in Los Angeles for their third win in the past four games.”We’re building a good thing right now,” said Phillip Danault, who has four points for Los Angeles in the past three games (two goals, two assists). “We’ve just got to bring it every game.”The Kings came out blazing against the Red Wings, taking 27 shots on goal in the first period to tie the franchise record for the most in a period.Kings coach Todd McLellan didn’t give the team the day off after its one-sided win against Detroit. Instead, he hoped to clean up some of the smaller mistakes that Los Angeles won’t get away with against the Rangers.

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