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New York Rangers rally behind substitute coaches in beating the Flyers 9-0

  • By: Jim Bay
  • March 17, 2021

On an unusual night, the New York Rangers showed some unusual offensive prowess in beating the Philadelphia Flyers 9-0.

What made this game unusual was that head coach David Quinn and assistants Jacques Martin, David Oliver, and Greg Brown were not available for the game.

They are were out due to the NHL COVID-19 protocol guidelines.

Kris Knoblauch, coach of Hartford of the American Hockey League, the Rangers’ affiliate, replaced Quinn as acting coach for the game. Hartford associate coach Gord Murphy and Rangers associate general manager Chris Drury were the assistants.

The Rangers responded in a big way with their 9 goal output. In his post-game Zoom interview, goalie Alexandar Georgiev said of the nine-goal effort: “I have no words, to be honest. It was surreal. I obviously tried to focus on my job but you could not ignore how unbelievable the guys were playing.” Georgiev stopped all 26 shots to earn the shutout victory. This was a big win for the young goaltender after being pulled in his last two games.

Mika Zibanejad tallied six points in the New York Ranger victory

Mika Zibanejad was nothing short of brilliant in tying an NHL record by scoring six points in the second period of the New York Rangers’ win. Zibanejad scored a natural hat trick and had three assists to join former New York Islanders center Bryan Trottier as the only players to score six points in a period of an NHL game.

Pavel Buchnevich scored four points (two goals, two assists) after missing the game Monday, a 5-4 overtime loss against the Flyers because he was on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list. Buchnevich was only told of him being eligible to play this morning. After the game, he told the media that “I don’t know what was going on there, I have the antibodies.”

Artemi Panarin, Brendan Lemieux, and Filip Chytil also scored goals for the Rangers.

In his post-game Zoom conference, Zibanejad talked about how the team came together after hearing about the coaches who were placed on the list. “You get a little shock when you hear that, you just have to be able to adapt. We came together as a group and played for each other.”

They will need to come together regardless of who is on the bench as the Rangers travel to Washington on Friday and Saturday to take on the division-leading Capitals.





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Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano FREE: Live stream, TV channel and US start time for La Liga clash

BARCELONA begin their quest for a first Spanish title in four years at the Nou Camp on Saturday night.

The Catalan giants take on Rayo Vallecano at home to begin their 2022-23 campaign.

1Barcelona kick off their La Liga season on Saturday nightCredit: Rex

Barca have been hit by financial problems which might mean they're not allowed to play some of their new signings.

They've spent $150m on transfer despite pleading poverty, and La Liga rules mean players cannot be registered unless certain financial guidelines are met.

Here is how to watch all the action LIVE and for FREE in the United States.

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Barcelona's season opener takes place at 3pm ET on Saturday.

Spain is six hours ahead of east coast time, meaning a 9pm kickoff for fans in most of Europe.

How can I watch it for FREE?

ESPN+ have exclusive rights to broadcast La Liga games live on their streaming service.

The service costs $7 a month and can be cancelled at any time.

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Saturday's game will also be on network TV - with ABC broadcasting the game LIVE and for FREE across the United States.

ESPN Deportes will also broadcast the game in Spanish.

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La Liga's opening weekend games were split across Friday to Monday.

Here is the full round one schedule, all times ET:

Fri 12 Aug

  • Osasuna vs Sevilla, 3pm

Sat 13 Aug

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Sun 14 Aug

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  • Valencia vs Girona, 1.30pm
  • Almeria vs Real Madrid, 4pm

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