New York Rangers blow a 2-0 lead and fall to Red Wings in OT

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Nov 6, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) watches the puck in the air in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers hosted the Detroit Red Wings for an early Sunday evening matchup.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play, the Rangers once again started making defensive mistakes and allowed the Wings to get back in the game.

Gerard Gallant tried some line juggling in the third, but the Blueshirts could not break through. Eventually, Detroit was able to win it in overtime thanks to a bad call against K’Andre Miller.

I think the way we played in the first period, we have out recipe on how we want to play,” Mika Zibanejad said on the postgame. “Sometimes we make it too hard on ourselves with our plays. We know what we have to do, we just have to do it more often.”

Recap: Red Wings 3 vs Rangers 2 (OT)

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1st Period

It was a back and forth period between the Rangers and Red Wings with Jaroslav Halak thwarting Detroit on several good stops early.

Kaapo Kakko would open the scoring when he found a loose puck around the net. He brought it to the slot and snapped it top shelf over Alex Nedeljkovic’s glove at 9:14. Chris Kreider notched his 200th assist career assist on the play with Jacob Trouba getting the other.

The New York Rangers power play would increase the lead as Mika Zibanejad scored a one-timer from his office. Artemi Panarin made the cross ice feed that Zibanejad drove home. Adam Fox notched the other helper.

“It was a good start,” Vesey said on MSG. “We were good in all the areas we wanted to improve on.”

2nd Period

Detroit would cut the lead in half when Ben Chiarot’s point shot was deflected by Matt Luff in front just 2:56 into the middle frame.

The Rangers defensive zone coverage continued to be subpar when Pius Suter was left untouched to put home a Flilip Hronek rebound by Halak to even the game at the 8:37 mark.

“The old problems of giving up the odd man rush bit us again tonight,” Gallant said. “We made some good plays in the o-zone but we just seem to gamble too much. Turning pucks overs and not enough people coming back giving up odd man rushes.”

3rd Period

After being outshot through two periods by a 24-17 margin, Gerard Gallant completely switched his lines as follows:

  • Panarin – Zibanejad – Kakko
  • Vesey – Trocheck – Blais
  • Lafrenière – Chytil – Goodrow
  • Kreider – Carpenter – Gauthier

Zac Jones, who made a bad read on the Wings’ tying goal was benched for all but one shift in the third.

New York’s new lines were able to take it to the Wings for a 12-8 shot advantage but it was still tied heading to OT thanks to both goalies coming up big when called upon.


Gallant went with his usual combos in the extra session but a holding the stick penalty by K’Andre Miller put the Red Wings on the power play with 3:16 remaining.

That allowed the Wings to score the winner by Dominik Kubalik for a 3-2 win as a frustrated Halak destroyed his stick against the post.

“We had a good first period, but it’s becoming a little bit of a common theme,” captain Jacob Trouba said. “We’ve got to keep talking about it and find a way to play a full 60 minutes.”

Notable Rangers

  • Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 of 36
  • Mika Zibanejad recorded his 6th PPG, tying Connor McDavid for 1st in the NHL
  • Kaapo Kakko led the team with 5 shots registering his 3rd goal

Tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 7: Practice at MSG Training Center 12:00 PM ET

Next Game (Tuesday, Nov. 8 Game): vs. NY Islanders 7:00 PM ET

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