VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Rangers Bank was pretty angry. Ryan Strome struck the glass with the stick to get the officials' attention, and the rest of the bank screamed in protest.
Nevertheless, they were given a rare penalty in the 1: 2 loss against the Canucks on Saturday evening, which ended the road trip sourly.
The game took place at 5:23 p.m. in the second section. Filip Chytil was kicked out of an offensive game for the first time. Greg McKegg came in to take the draw and he seemed to be doing something wrong in the linesman's eyes – who also kicked him out.
But throwing two players out of the same game is an automatic penalty, usually intended for a draw in the defensive zone after freezing when the defending team tries to catch their breath. Strome believed that the linesman had only forgotten the rule, but had to enforce it as soon as it broke down.
"Fortunately, we shot the penalty," said Strome, whose team went 3-on-3 on the penalty.
Coach David Quinn wasn't sure which goalkeeper he wanted to start this game on, but when he heard that Henrik Lundqvist had been “under the weather” for the past two days, it made it easy. He gave the starting shot to Alexandar Georgiev, who scored 25 parades in four games in his third start on this road trip.
"I thought about what to do, then Hank didn't feel too good [Friday] Tomorrow and we pushed around what to do, ”said Quinn. "When I heard that, I pretty much made the decision to play Georgie."
Old friend J.T. Miller had a quiet night for the Canucks, no points and a time penalty, a rarity in his great season when he finished second on the team with 40 points.
Chris Kreider collected a template and now has at least one point in 10 of the last 13 games, which means 13 points (six goals and seven assists) in that period. He has accumulated 26 points this season and 23 of the 26 points were either a goal or the primary support for a goal.
The line-up remained the same for the third game in a row, with Brendan Smith as a fourth-line pilot and Micheal Haley as a healthy scratch.
Quinn barely played in the fourth row, Smith got 5:44 and Steven Fogarty 3:16. Smith got some work on the penalty when Brady Skjei was in the pits for high-sticking.
The other member of this line, McKegg, was occasionally moved up and played 7:22 while two shots on goal were registered.
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