A dud, certainly.
The Rangers opened their common season with an anticlimactic efficiency, unable to transform on quite a few late possibilities and ultimately dropping, four-2, to the Avalanche on Thursday night time on the Backyard.
And so was spoiled the Blueshirts’ debut for Kevin Shattenkirk, the hometown defenseman who had an help however completed with a minus-three score skating alongside captain Ryan McDonagh. It might have been salvaged when Mika Zibanejad had an opportunity for a hat trick that might have tied the sport, however was denied by sprawling Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov with four minutes eight seconds remaining in regulation.
Varlamov was terrific all night time, particularly within the third interval, when Gabriel Landeskog sealed the sport with an empty-netter within the waning seconds.
There have been momentum swings all through the opening forty minutes, and the Avalanche took a three-2 lead when defenseman Tyson Barrie scored on an open slap shot from the slot, beating Henrik Lundqvist with simply 2:10 remaining the second interval.
Earlier than that, the Blueshirts had killed off what amounted to 4 consecutive second-interval penalties, together with 12 seconds of a 5-on-three, to maintain a 2-2 tie. That they had fought exhausting simply to get there, needing two energy-play objectives from Zibanejad simply 2:30 aside late within the first interval to climb out of an early 2-zero gap.
Simply after the pregame pomp and circumstance of opening night time, the Blueshirts have been down, 1-zero, when Matt Duchene scored on a rebound 5:29 in. Mikko Rantanen made it a 2-zero Avalanche lead simply over 5 minutes afterward an influence-play aim, and the Rangers wanted to claw their approach again simply to revitalize the constructing.