Blueshirts trouce Philadelphia 8-3 last night.

Mika Zibanejad had his second hat-trick and three power play goals. By the 10:00 mark of the first period, New York had a 2-0 lead by goals from Buchnevich and Strome. Zibanejad scored his first PP goal on a tap in late in the period.

His most impressive goal came a minute into the second period, a one-time from the high slot from Ryan Strome, another PP goal! Great sign because earlier this season, Zibanejad missed those shots. Mika scored the fifth to wrap up his hat-trick.

According to NYR Stats and Info, He becomes the first player in NHL history to record 6+ points in consecutive games played against one opponent within a regular season.

K’Andre Miller scored the sixth goal, Buchnevich another and Filip Chytil late in the third.

Igor Shesterkin made a huge save early in the second period, moving from left to right. He looked healthy and primed re-take his starting role. This was his first start in three weeks against New Jersey.


The team is healthy and at full strength. Every game is important. Blueshirts are three points behind Boston for the last spot in the playoffs. (Boston lost in OT vs Islanders 3-2, last night). Fans are seeing glimpses, how this team can be so dangerous. These next two games are crucial, since they are the heels of the Bruins. This team can make a run if they average three goals per game. This team has surprised me.

Other notes

Adam Fox tied Ranger great, Brian Leetch as the only two defenseman with five assists, five points in a single game.

He also tied the single-season Ranger record for assists in one game. Tying the great Wayne Gretzky in 1999.

According to NYR Stats, The Rangers registered 15 consecutive goals against Philadelphia (nine consecutive goals in their 9-0 win on Mar. 17 and the first six goals of tonight’s game).

They have scored at least 3 goals or more in last three games.

Rangers will try extend their winning streak with with a Saturday matinee in Philadelphia at 1pm on MSG.