New York Rangers explode in third period to beat Red Wings 8-2
It took all of 2:56 in the third period for the New York Rangers to scream enough was enough. They scored 4 times during that time against the Detroit Red Wings and then added a couple of more to make a statement in snapping a three-game skid.
With their dads in attendance, the Blueshirts absolutely demolished the Wings in the final 20 minutes of play. Heading into the last period tied 2-2, the team unloaded with six goals. Each time they scored, their fathers roared as they kick off the two-game road trip with a big victory.
“It was good obviously, especially with the last game,” Mika Zibanejad said after scoring twice. “We really played a full 60 tonight. This one was nice with the dads here.”
Recap: Rangers 8 vs Red Wings 2
The New York Rangers came out and played a solid road period by taking care of the puck first.
Mika Zibanejad won a late offensive zone draw that went clean to Adam Fox. The Blueshirts’ defenseman made a nice play to avoid a check and dished a sweet set up to Mika for a one-timer past Ville Husso at 15:40.
“Got the (faceoff) win clean and it went to Foxy,” Zibanejad said to MSG’s John Giannone. “He worked his magic and I got open. It was a nice play by him.”
For Zibanejad, it was his first 5v5 goal of the season.
Unfortunately, Fox giveth and taketh away as he was caught up ice leading to a Wings odd-man rush. Joe Veleno beat Igor Shesterkin over the blocker with 94 seconds remaining to tie the game.
The middle frame was a bit of a role reversal as the Red Wings scored first to take a 2-1 lead. K’Andre Miller failed to clear the puck and was intercepted by Dylan Larkin, who found Lucas Raymond in the slot at 7:33.
Oskar Sundqvist slashed Kaapo Kakko to give the Rangers their second power play of the contest. Fox pulled a spin-o-rama at the line and fed Artemi Panarin at the right circle. The Breadman made a precision pass to Chris Kreider for an easy redirect to tie the game at 10:59 mark.
Vitali Kravtsov almost broke the tie late in the period with several great chances on the doorstep but Husso kept them even.
The Rangers exploded in the third period with 4 goals in just a hair under 3 minutes.
First, it was Fox following up the play and blasting the tie-breaker into the net 6:02. Filip Chytil and Alexis Lafrenière picked up the assists.
“It’s great,” Fox said. “We wanted to have a good plane ride with the dads. None of us would be here without them.”
Barclay Goodrow would score 1:21 later as he took a feed from Panarin right in front of Husso and then showed patience by going to his backhand. Vitali Kravtsov picked up his first point of the season on the play.
Just 50 seconds after that score, Zibanejad cleaned up a loose puck for his second of the contest. Jimmy Vesey was causing all the chaos in front allowing Mika to sneak in for the goal. Kreider was credited with the secondary assist.
Goodrow wasn’t done showing off his hands as he made a play to get the puck to Julien Gauthier crashing the crease. Sammy Blais picked up the assist as the Rangers scored 4 goals in 2:56.
But the Rangers weren’t done.
Libor Hajek registered his first goal of the season with 7:13 remaining off a point shot. Chytil and Lafreniere would pick up their second assists of the match.
Wait! There’s more.
With Chytil in the box for cross-checking, Vesey scored a gorgeous shorthanded tally. Goodrow got the lone assist, and his third point of the period.
When it was all said and done, the Rangers played their most dominant period by scoring 6 goals on 17 shots.
“The third period we had some pucks go in and we were around the net a little bit more,” Gerard Gallant said. “I was real happy with the way we played. When your dads are in the stands you want to play hard and they brought the extra effort.”
- Igor Shesterkin made 18 saves on 20 shots
- Adam Fox finished with 1G – 3A
- Barclay Goodrow notched 3 points (1G – 2A)
- 12 of the NYR 18 skaters notched a point
Tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 11): Day off
Next Game (Saturday, Nov. 12): at Nashville Predators 7:00 PM ET
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