Rangers rookie Duhaime scored at 12:33 of the second period, tying the game 1-1 with a deflection of Faber’s shot from inside the right point.
In the second period, the Wild outshot the Rangers 15-3, dominating the game.
Wheeler expressed dissatisfaction with the Rangers’ performance in the second period, acknowledging the strength of the Wild but emphasizing the need for the team to rise to their own standards.
He further emphasized the importance of getting back into their stride during the third period, which they managed to do with a goal from Lafreniere at 1:41 with an assist from Panarin.
Lafreniere’s goal was the result of a 2-on-1 play with Panarin, showcasing their teamwork and skill. The Rangers’ rush started when Faber missed the puck with a pinch, but Trocheck was able to get it to Panarin in the neutral zone, setting up the play.
Faber admitted his mistake with the pinch, acknowledging the consequences and his lack of judgment that led to the Wild’s advantage.
Following Lafreniere’s goal, Wheeler extended the lead to 3-1 at 14:39 with a power-play goal, showcasing the Rangers’ determination to bounce back from a disappointing second period. This was a particularly significant moment for Wheeler, who had recently signed a one-year contract with the team.
Panarin sealed the victory with an empty-net goal at 18:39, ending the game with a final score of 4-1.
Additional Information: Fleury’s performance during the game also earned him a notable achievement, as he surpassed Patrick Roy for the third-most saves by a goalie in NHL history. Additionally, Panarin’s impressive 13-game point streak tied the longest of his career, and Lafreniere reached his 100th NHL point during the game.
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