Jan 10, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Dallas Stars right wing Alex Chiasson (12) and New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) go for the puck during the second period of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Goal #3: Against Kari Lehtonen (DAL)- 08 February 2015
At this point of the season, Cam Talbot took over the starting duties after Henrik Lundqvist suffered an injury. The team was down 2-1 late in the third, despite outplaying the Dallas Stars. For the period, the Rangers outshot their opponent 20-2.
However, Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen was equal to the task, answering every shot the Rangers threw at him.
A late power play gave the Blueshirts life after Stars defenseman John Klingberg was called for delay of game. The Rangers were unsuccessful for most of the man-advantage. As time dwindled down, the Rangers were able to get it deep on Lehtonen. He came out of the net to play the puck and tried to clear it up ice.
The team pulled Talbot to make it a six on four advantage. The puck found the stick of Mats Zuccarello, who had an open lane to shoot the puck. Lehtonen stopped the puck, but gave up a rebound to Kreider. He proceeded to put it past the goalie, and force overtime.
The team would eventually lose 3-2, but the resiliency of the Rangers was on full display and the magic of Cam Talbot’s two months of starting duties was just beginning.
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