Vitali Kravtsov scored his first purpose of the season within the Rangers’ 3-2 time beyond regulation loss to the Senators Friday evening on the Backyard, however the Russian winger had little interest in speaking about his private accomplishments following such a harrowing group defeat.
“I didn’t actually take into consideration the purpose, simply because we misplaced and that was an enormous bummer,” Kravtsov stated with the assistance of a translator. “Targets, they arrive and go, however the purpose was to win, and we didn’t do this.”
After Kravtsov’s first shot caught Travis Hamonic within the throat, which despatched the Ottawa defenseman to the ice and later to the locker room within the first interval, he recollected the puck and deposited it far facet from the underside of the left faceoff circle to open the scoring for the Rangers.
The 22-year-old pumped his fist in celebration and was instantly swarmed by his new linemates, Filip Chytil and Artemi Panarin, who gave Kravtsov just a few congratulatory gloves to the face and nudges to the top. The child had earned the bump to the second line after a powerful first recreation again following eight straight scratches.
Vitali Kravtsov (left) celebrates after scoring a purpose within the Rangers’ 3-2 OT loss to the Senators.N.Y. Put up: Charles Wenzelberg
Half of these scratches he was wholesome for, however Kravtsov had a distinct aura to him in his first contest again within the Rangers lineup on Wednesday in Ottawa. There was a noticeable presence to him that wasn’t there earlier than. Kravtsov was in on the forecheck, touchdown hits and inflicting opponents to show the puck over. He didn’t fade to the background as he did via his earlier six video games, most of which he didn’t even end as a result of to harm.
“I felt the identical method I did in Russia,” Kravtsov stated earlier within the day of his first recreation again after the Rangers’ morning skate in Tarrytown. “Assured. Within the locker room, ice, in every single place — like I match right here.”
For anybody who watched Kravtsov play within the Kontinental Hockey League in his house nation, you understand how a lot of a constructive signal it’s for him to say one thing like that. It was clear to everybody watching the 3-1 win over the Senators that Kravtsov felt in another way. That included Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant, who opted to reward the 22-year-old by selling him again to the highest six.
Kravtsov returned to the precise wing of the second line for the primary time since Nov. 10 in Detroit and for simply the third time this season within the rematch with Ottawa Friday evening at Madison Sq. Backyard. Each of the video games he skated on the second unit, within the season-opener towards the Lightning and the Rangers’ second recreation towards the Crimson Wings, Kravtsov was not within the lineup the following contest.
When requested if he felt like he was capable of construct off his efficiency in Ottawa, Kravtsov stored the concentrate on the Rangers as a group.
“I’m not very pleased with the best way I performed, clearly with the end result,” he stated. “I really feel like all people may in all probability say the identical. We had a purpose to win. You’ll be able to’t actually be happy with your recreation if you didn’t put up the end result you needed.”