The Kevin Shattenkirk era with the Rangers started with a solid performance from the big name acquisition. Shattenkirk assisted on three of the Rangers' four goals on the night, including the game winner as Filip Chytil won the game with less than seven seconds remaining in OT.
With Shattenkirk on the blueline, the power play picked up two goals and saw a lot more shots in general from the point. With that said, there were a number of players who looked in good form at this early part of the season. Forwards Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes all looked in good form, with crisp passes, and goals for the latter two.
Perhaps the biggest surprise though was the play of 18 year old Filip Chytil. Centering a line with Zuccarello and Kreider, the young Czech did not look out of place, showing a willinginess to go to the net, create the screen and make plays with the puck int he offensive zone. His goal in OT was off a slick Zuccarello pass, one-timed into the net perfectly giving Blackwood, the Jersey netminder no chance.
Fellow 2017 first round Lias Andersson played his second game and continued to look steady, while playing with less skilled wingers. Andersson did set up Tambellini for a nice chance, but again showed good poise on the defensive side of the puck.
Defensively, the Rangers dressed Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith and Marc Staal along with Shattenkirk, to show a much more NHL ready line-up than what was on offer in Game 1. John Gilmour was for the most part steady, while Vince Pedrie didn't have many glaring mistakes.
Andrew Desjardins was once again a relatively limited factor, and one wonders whether he might be one of the cuts coming Saturday.
The Rangers next play Frieday night against the Islanders.