Rangers win in Calgary for first time in more than five years

CALGARY, Alberta — It had been 5 years, 7 months, and 22 days since the Rangers last tasted victory in the Scotiabank Saddledome. But on Tuesday night, the 2023-24 Rangers broke the curse and claimed a 3-1 win against the Flames, securing their second consecutive victory of the season.

In recent years, the Flames had proven to be a formidable opponent for the Rangers, with the latter losing 5 out of their last 7 encounters. However, with a solid performance from their penalty killers and two power-play goals in the second period, the Rangers were able to turn the tables and come out on top.

Chris Kreider, the leading goal scorer for the Rangers this season, acknowledged the significance of the win. “It has been a while, right?” he said. “I kind of thought that coming in, I didn’t want to say it out loud.”

Alexis Lafreniere celebrates after scoring a goal during the Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Flames. (Photo: AP)

Despite the victory, the Rangers were not fully satisfied with their overall performance. Head coach Peter Laviolette pointed out that there were areas where they could improve and that they needed to maintain a high level of play throughout the entire game. However, he also acknowledged that not every game can be perfect and expressed confidence in the team’s ability to make the necessary adjustments.

Igor Shesterkin makes a save on Mikael Backlund during the third period of the Rangers’ win. (Photo: AP)

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