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Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad scores first aim of sequence in nick of time

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Mika Zibanejad is a aim scorer. It’s what he does in addition to anybody on the Rangers. He led the staff with 39 objectives this season.

So, make no mistake: the donut subsequent to his identify on the stat sheet by means of the primary 5 video games of this Rangers-Devils first-round playoff sequence was nagging at him.

Zibanejad had not been taking part in poorly within the sequence, he merely had not scored a aim but.

So, when Zibanejad scored at 10:10 of the second interval in Saturday evening’s 5-2 Rangers win over the Devils in Recreation 6 on the Backyard, it was a liberating second for each him and his teammates, who celebrated wildly.

The aim gave the Rangers, who had fallen behind 1-0 at 11:49 of the primary interval, a 2-1 lead they not solely didn’t relinquish however constructed upon.

“I’m not going to take a seat right here and lie and say it wasn’t feeling seeing the puck go in, however the wins are what issues and we acquired the win that we wanted and needed tonight,’’ Zibanejad mentioned. “Now we simply preserve going. We got here right here to win one recreation. You heard everybody discuss that. And one other one on Monday.’’

Requested if it was liberating to see a aim go in six video games into the sequence, Zibanejad mentioned, “I’ve been attempting to shoot … and now the puck goes in, so … I don’t know.’’

“It’s a fantastic recreation we play,’’ teammate Chris Kreider chimed in.

It was a Zibanejad blast from his power-play workplace on the left dot that was deflected previous Devils rookie goaltender Akira Schmid by Kreider to tie the rating at 1-1 with 25 seconds remaining within the first interval.

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“I want I scored on each shot,” Zibanejad mentioned. “This may be a very easy recreation, a simple recreation. Nevertheless it’s not. Taking part in with the fellows I’m taking part in with, they preserve trusting me and I preserve trusting myself. As an entire, we performed nicely tonight and that was an enormous one for us.”

“He additionally has to play with me,’’ Kreider chimed in. “I’m not precisely a prodigious playmaker, so … ’’
“I urge to vary on that,’’ Zibanejad mentioned.

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“Mika has performed good all sequence,’’ Rangers coach Gerard Gallant mentioned. “He’s performed nice defensive hockey. All people desires to attain, so it’s large for him. He’s one in every of our prime gamers. We’ve talked about him all 12 months lengthy. He wasn’t taking part in unhealthy in any of the video games, however guys like to attain. He’s a big-time participant for us and it was an enormous aim for us.’’

The aim opened up the Rangers’ offensive recreation.

“I feel we acquired to our forecheck slightly bit extra in the present day, and if you win the battle down low and are in a position to keep some zone time — we’ve good gamers that may create,’’ Zibanejad mentioned. “We all know how arduous it’s to defend for an extended time period in your personal zone. We tried to reap the benefits of that and the possibilities are going to be there.”

Stated Kreider: “They got here out with an excellent push and had been in a position to generate some zone time, however we did job of staying affected person, sustaining lanes and getting pucks out after we may. Ultimately we acquired some seems.’’

Zibanejad acquired his and cashed on this time.

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