About the game
The Rangers got off to a good start with several strong shifts. Right after the third line kept the Red Wings pinned in their zone, the fourth line took the puck right back in and it was Ryan Reaves who corralled a bouncing puck and put it past Alex Nedeljkovic. The goal came just 3:23 into the game.
The lead lasted all of six and a half minutes when Michael Rasmussen scored at 9:59 on an unscreened shot from beyond the left faceoff circle that slipped through Georgiev’s legs. It was not a good goal.
At 15:26 Andrew Copp was called for tripping and the Red Wings power play took over. The penalty killers kept the Wings at bay and Georgiev made at least one great stop, but with three seconds left Jakub Vrana had an unscreened shot from the right faceoff circle and it went through Georgiev’s legs.
That was a shot that had no business going in.
The Rangers answered right back with Filip Chytil scoring his seventh goal of the season.
Chytil had been tossed from the faceoff circle so Lafreniere took the draw and won it, getting the puck to Braden Schneider who fed Patrik Nemeth for the one-time that Chytil tipped past Nedeljkovic. The goal came just 11 seconds after the Red Wings goal.
It was a nice reward for Nemeth who had made some excellent plays on defense.
The period ended with the score tied 1-1. The Rangers held a slight edge in shots and had more high danger chances. The only problem was the second period would start with a Detroit power play after a Greg McKegg tripping penalty.
Just 29 seconds into the second period, Tyler Bertuzzi scored on a slap shot from the blueline. There was a partial screen, but this was another shot that you would expect your goalie to get a piece of.
At 12:15, Artemi Panarin knotted the score on a nice pass from Frank Vatrano. Panarin jumped off the bench to join the play and for once, he shot the puck.
The second period ended tied 3-3 though it could have been more one-sided. The Rangers had twice the shot attempts of the Red Wings (22-11)
Adam Erme put the Red Wings ahead yet again on a broken play in the Rangers’ zone. Pius Suter won the faceoff when it deflected off the linesman right to Marc Staal who took the shot. It was off target, but hit Erme’s skate and got control and put a backhander through traffic past Georgiev. Of all the goals, this was one that the Rangers’ goalie had the least chance of stopping.
So the Red Wings had to nurse a one goal lead for 14:04 and the Rangers pushed hard. Finally, the Blueshirts were awarded their second power play on the night when Dryden Hunt was high sticked and you know what happened. Chris Kreider scored another power play goal.
Taking the pass from Artemi Panarin, he tried to pass to Andrew Copp in front of the net, but the puck hit defenseman Moritz Seider’s skate and richocheted into the net.
The Red Wings had the first possession in overtime, but the Rangers second unit of Panarin, Copp and K’Andre Miller got the puck back and Panarin and Copp broke into the attacking zone and Panarin fed Copp for the game winning goal.
It was a total breakdown on defense by Detroit as they allowed the odd man rush unimpeded. The goals came 1:34 into the overtime period.
After losing three of their first four in overtime the Rangers have won seven of their last nine games that have gone to overtime or a shootout.
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