The New York Rangers beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in OT. The Rangers have won two straight games, looking to keep up with their fight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here is how the game went down.
First Period Action
There was a lot of back-and-forth play this period and throughout the game. There was a lot of time spent in the Ducks zone, so the Ducks knew they had to up their game.
Mika Zibanejad (24) scored early into the second period on a slap shot. The Rangers took out their goalie Alexandar Georgiev, due to a delayed penalty against the Ducks. The Rangers capitalized on this 6-on-5 advantage and made it 2-1. Adam Fox (51) and Artemi Panarin (53) assisted on the goal.
The Rangers had trouble keeping a lead and the troubles didn’t stop there, but things heated up late in the third period. Here is what happened.
Magic in the Third and OT
Derek Grant (9) made it 3-2 Ducks after Patrik Nemeth‘s shot was blocked, giving Grant a breakaway, which he scored on a wrist shot. Danny O’Regan (1) got the assist and was his first point of the season.
Chris Kreider (39) did his magic that Rangers fans are used to seeing and scored a PPG. Fox’s initial shot missed and hit the boards, where Kreider got it and scored on his backhand. Fox (52) and Panarin (54) assisted.
It was all Rangers from this point on. It looked as though the Rangers were going to score a late one to win it, but they ended up going to OT.
Only 55 seconds into OT, Rangers had a 2-on-1 entering their offensive zone. Panarin had the opportunity to shoot and looked like he was going to, but decided to pass it back to Fox (9), who scored on a wrist shot. Zibanejad (37) also assisted.
The Rangers are looking to stay up their in the Metropolitan Division, trying to play catch-up with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Rangers are taking on the New York Islanders Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET. As of right now, the Islanders are sixth in the Metro and fourth in the Wild Card, but have some work to do.
The last time the Rangers played the Isles was on November 24th, 2021. The Rangers won that game 4-1 in a fairly evenly matched game, except for the scoreboard. Their shots on goal totals were even at 21 a piece, although the Islanders were more physical with 31 hits to the Rangers 23 and the Rangers had more blocked shots.
The Rangers are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and the Islanders are 5-4-1. Who is going to win this cross-town rivalry matchup? Will the Rangers continue their winning streak? Or will the Islanders come into the Garden with something to prove? Watch the game Thursday at 7 p.m.
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