Pavel Buchnevich celebrates
The New York Rangers rookie undressed several Jets en route to a highlight-worthy tally. And he's one of the reasons the Rangers are flying high
The New York Rangers are one of the best teams in the league right now and certainly one of the hottest. Their most recent demolition came at the expense of the Winnipeg Jets and if you need to pinpoint the moment the game ended, look no further than this incredible second-period dagger by rookie Pavel Buchnevich:
The Rangers had already chased Winnipeg starter Connor Hellebuyck from the game and Buchnevich's tally just salted things away for the night. How mentally in control were the Rangers after that? Well, New York didn't register a single shot on net in the third period and it didn't matter. Other than in the final few minutes of the game, when Jets coach pulled Michael Hutchinson in favor of an extra attacker, the Rangers didn't even seem to be under much stress in the final stanza.
Buchnevich's goal also carried significance because it was his first ever at Madison Square Garden. He now has four points in his first eight NHL games.
Part of the reason the Rangers have been hot so far is because everybody is scoring for them. Overall, the Rangers have five players with at least six goals – Michael Grabner (seven), Rick Nash, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello – putting all of them in the NHL's top-30. Winnipeg brought a ton of speed to this contest, but New York was always there to counter-attack, with other key goals coming from J.T. Miller and Zuccarello (courtesy some great work by the speedy Chris Kreider).
The Rangers have won five in a row, with free-falling Vancouver up next on the docket.