The New York Rangers win 5-4 in OT to beat the Detroit Red Wings. It was another close game as these two original six teams went head-to-head. Here is how the game went down.
Busy First Period
The Rangers kicked off the scoring on a snap shot by Ryan Reaves (3). Reaves went to pass it to Tyler Motte who was open, but the pass was blocked by Filip Hronek. The puck went off of Hronek’s stick and went straight to Reaves, scoring an unassisted goal stick-side against Alex Nedeljkovic.
The Red Wings tied it up on a snap shot by Michael Rasmussen (9). It was a soft goal that Alexandar Georgiev would love to have back. On Rasmussen’s shot, Jacob Trouba was defending against him and interrupted the shot, causing the puck to go off Georgiev’s stick and in the net. Taro Hirose (3) and Danny DeKeyser (7) assisted on the goal.
Jakub Vrana (7) gave the Red Wings the lead on a PPG, scoring on a snap shot. Andrew Copp got a tripping call against Lucas Raymond, putting the Wings on the PP. It was another goal that Georgiev probably wasn’t happy with as Vrana scored five-hole. Moritz Seider (38) assisted on the play.
Back-to-back Second and Third Periods
The Red Wings took the lead back on a slap shot from Tyler Bertuzzi (26) to score their second PPG. This came about from a tripping call on Greg McKegg against Pius Suter. The Wings were 2/2 on the PP at this point. Seider (39) and Raymond (30) assisted on the play.
Later in the period, Artemi Panarin (18) scored on a snap shot after a pass from a falling Frank Vatrano (10) behind the net. Mika Zibanejad (44) assisted on the goal as well.
Adam Erne (5) broke the tie in the third period, scoring on his backhand after Suter (16) wins the faceoff, the puck going off the linesman. Marc Staal (11) assisted on the play.
Chris Kreider (46) did it again with his league-leading 24th PPG after Gustav Lindstrom received a high sticking penalty against Dryden Hunt. The puck went off of Suter’s skate and in after Kreider attempted to pass it to Copp.
The Rangers win it in OT on a great pass from Panarin to a wide-open Copp (15). This win by the Rangers makes it their 24th comeback win.
The Rangers take this game against the Red Wings, two original teams facing in other and another tight battle.
Next, the Rangers will be facing the New York Islanders on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. This should be another wild game as cross-town rivals face off against each other. Who will win this battle? Will the Rangers’ determination to earn a better playoff position drive them to another win? Or will the Islanders, like so many others, be a spoiler? Watch the game Friday night to find out.
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