CALGARY, Alberta — The Rangers had 1 of their ugliest losses of the play against the Flames conscionable nether 2 weeks agone — and this 1 was worse.
Concluding their four-game roadworthy trip, the Rangers were blanked by the Flames, 6-0, connected Saturday nighttime astatine Scotiabank Saddledome to widen their losing streak to 3 games aft entering the crippled caller disconnected of 2 consecutive overtime defeats.
The Rangers, who fell to the Flames 5-1 connected Oct. 25, dropped to 6-3-3 arsenic they caput location to look the Panthers connected Monday.
On the nighttime the Rangers activated Ryan Reaves disconnected injured reserve aft the 34-year-old winger missed 4 games with a lower-body injury, Filip Chytil went down.
The nighttime rapidly turned sour for the Rangers successful the opening minutes of the game, erstwhile Chytil and Sammy Blais collided astatine halfway ice. Chytil took the brunt of it and was dilatory to get up earlier instantly heading to the locker room, wherever the 22-year-old halfway stayed for the remainder of the game.
It was eerily reminiscent of erstwhile Chytil sustained a important wrist wounded successful a akin on-ice clang with the Penguins’ Evan Rodrigues past season. Chytil was sidelined for 14 games and ne'er rather got backmost to the beardown commencement helium had astatine the opening of 2020-21.
The Rangers were capable to shuffle their centers astir efficaciously erstwhile second-line mediate antheral Ryan Strome was enactment successful COVID-19 protocol 2 games into the season, but it’s yet to beryllium seen if they volition beryllium capable to bash it again. It’s apt that Greg McKegg, who was sent down to AHL Hartford connected Saturday to marque country for Reaves, volition beryllium recalled if Chytil is unavailable.
It besides was a unsmooth nighttime for Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin who was lit up by Johnny Gaudreau, who notched 2 goals.
Calgary pushed the tempo against the Rangers, portion besides making a constituent to incorporate their net-front beingness and assemblage the Blueshirts disconnected the puck each accidental they got. Between Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk’s relentlessness — successful summation to a extremity and 3 assists — and the remainder of Calgary’s cohesive play, the Rangers had nary answer.
Even with a power-play accidental successful each period, the Rangers generated six shots connected extremity but nary could find the backmost of the net.
The 2 teams traded power-play opportunities toward the extremity of the archetypal period, and the Flames were the ones to capitalize. Sean Monahan’s one-timer from betwixt the circles bushed Shesterkin for the 1-0 Flames lead.
Adam Fox, drafted No. 66 wide by the Flames successful 2016, was booed by Calgary fans each clip helium touched the puck. As the jeers rained down connected him, Fox backhanded the puck successful done postulation astatine 18:17 of the archetypal play — but the Flames challenged for offside and the extremity was overturned to nonstop the Rangers into the 2nd play trailing by a goal.
The Flames added 2 much successful the mediate frame, from Brad Richardson and Gaudreau.