Rangers down Wings in OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Mats Zuccarello scored 37 seconds into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.
Zuccarello scored his fourth goal of the season, off assists from Brady Skjei and J.T. Miller. The Rangers improved to 12-9-2 with their third straight victory and ninth in 11 games.
Chris Kreider also scored for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves.
Tomas Tatar scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots.
Tatar opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 4:05 of the third.
Kreider tied it at 10:17 when he knocked a rebound past Howard.
Tatar’s seventh goal of the season came with two seconds left on a tripping penalty to Michael Grabner. Tatar ripped the puck past Lundqvist, with assists to Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg.
Kreider’s tying goal, his eighth of the season, was assisted by Pavel Buchnevich and Skjei.
Tatar’s tally came after two-plus scintillating periods in which both goaltenders each made a number of acrobatic saves.
Lundqvist made 17 saves in the opening period, plus a sprawling game-saver against Dylan Larkin at 11:58 of the third.
The Red Wings dominated the first, outshooting the Rangers 17-6. New York also had to withstand two short-handed situations, penalties to former Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith. He was sent to Rangers last season at the trade deadline.
NOTES: Nine of the last 10 games between New York and Detroit have been decided by one goal.
In addition, 13 of the last 15 games and 17 of the last 21 meetings between the two teams have been decided by the same slim margin. … Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley left the game after colliding with Rangers forward Paul Carey at center ice with 7:55 left in the first period. … Rangers forward Boo Nieves suffered a lower-body injury and left the game after several shifts early in the second period. … Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh missed his second straight game because of an abdominal strain. … The Rangers scratched center David Desharnais … Detroit scratched forwards David Booth, Luke Witkowski and Martin Frk.