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Jimmy Vesey getting into the Rangers’ flow

New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26)

New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates with the puck past Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Washington. The Rangers won 4-2. Photo Credit: AP / Nick Wass

WASHINGTON — If anyone had doubts about Jimmy Vesey’s ability to get into the NHL flow, those can be dismissed.

With his two goals Saturday night, Vesey is the third rookie to post a multigoal game this season, along with top draft picks Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, and the first Rangers rookie with a multigoal game on the road since Carl Hagelin on Dec. 10, 2011.

On his second goal, which put the Rangers ahead to stay at 14:22 of the second period, Vesey skated down the left side, bulling past defenseman Kael Alzner and cut toward Braden Holtby for a backhander without any hesitation. “I think I’ve been getting more and more comfortable,” said Vesey, who had three shots on goal, another three attempts blocked in 19:17. “I thought it was a really fast-paced hockey game in general, Washington has a lot of speed, as well, that second period was pretty wide open . . . Even the two games we lost, we poured it on the other team.”

Blue notes

The Rangers have 19 goals in five games . . . Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots in the last two periods . . . Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with 25:36 on ice, and the other top defensemen all played more than 20 minutes as Brady Skjei and Adam Clendening logged less than 12 each . . . McDonagh’s assist on Rick Nash’s empty netter was his fourth of the season. Nash reached 700 career points with the goal . . . Nine different Rangers had points.

Raanta, Girardi available

Antti Raanta, who has played just one game so far, the 7-4 victory over the Sharks, could play Sunday against Arizona . . . Dan Girardi, recovering from a groin strain, will probably be available to play today, Vig neault said . . . Rangers players will wear lavender jerseys and use lavender tape on their sticks during warm-ups, which will be auctioned to raise money for “Hockey Fights Cancer.”


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