New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Mika Zibanejad records six points and natural hat trick at 8-3 defeating Philadelphia

What can I really say about tonight’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers that hasn’t already been expressed on Twitter? I mean, eight goals is good and all, but it’s not nine or ten: p. Seriously though, the game was an outright win led by Mika Zibanejad, who pulled off another natural hat-trick and finished with six points on the night. Adam Fox got five assists, but it’s too bad he’s a sophomore and has to put in more time to get Norris’s legitimate consideration.

Ryan Strome also had a pretty impressive four-point night, and now he’s 30 in 32 games played, which is pretty good. Oh, and Pavel Buchnevich continued his Alain Vigneault torment by scoring a pair of goals and increasing his career line against the former Rangers bench chief to 5-4-9 in seven games played.

Kids like K’Andre Miller (goal), Filip Chytil (goal) and Alexis Lafrenière (assist) added points, and it was good to see them get involved in things that weren’t on the score sheet either.

Igor Shesterkin also looked great, making 41 saves in the night, and there was nothing rusty in sight after a long rest. You could say that it acted like an antique watch, one that was carefully crafted and works with precision and consistency. The Rangers are lucky to have someone like him who at 25 has a great career ahead of him, and they don’t have to worry about running out of time or something silly like that ¯ _ (ツ) _ / ¯.

To get a full score of who got points, I have this handy guide for you. Yes, it is based on emoji, but I think you can figure out most of them.

Now, I’d be remiss not to mention that the team took their foot off the gas a bit and allowed the Flyers to score and gain some life, but at the end of the night they got the job done.

In case you missed the game, here’s a video recap from NHL dot com.

Rangers goal record

1st period

Ryan Strome (11) by Artemiy Panarin (21) and Adam Fox (19)

Pavel Buchnevich (12) by Chris Kreider (7) and Mika Zibanejad (14)

Mika Zibanejad (8) by Adam Fox (20) and Ryan Strome (17)

2nd period

Mika Zibanejad (9) by Adam Fox (21) and Ryan Strome (18)

Mika Zibanejad (10) by Ryan Strome (19) and Adam Fox (22)

K’Andre Miller (3) by Brendan Lemieux (5) and Mika Zibanejad (15)

3rd period

Pavel Buchnevich (13) by Adam Fox (23) and Mika Zibanejad (16)

Filip Chytil (5) by Alexis Lafrenière (5) and Jacob Trouba (7)

The Rangers are free on Friday and will face the Philadelphia Flyers once again on Saturday.

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