New York Rangers call on Copp to save struggling Georgiev in OT over Red Wings

The New York Rangers took on a slumping Red Wings team in Detroit and came away with a win despite a struggling Alexandar Georgiev in goal.

In a game that was a lot closer than it needed to be, the Blueshirts called on a Copp goal to help save them in overtime 5-4.

Georgiev only made 22 saves on 26 shots in this contest. In his last two games, he’s allowed 8 goals on 43 shots, but thanks to his offense he’s riding a four game winning streak.

Recap: Rangers vs Red Wings

Andrew Copp scored the game-winning goal 1:34 into overtime to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-4 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Copp took a pass from Artemi Panarin in front of the Detroit goal and buried the chance for the Rangers, who have won four straight.

Panarin finished the night with three points that included one goal and two assists. Ryan Reaves also scored his third of the season, along with Filip Chytil registering his seventh.

Chris Kreider scored his 46th goal of the year on the power play tying him with Jaromir Jagr for the Rangers single-season mark set in 2005-06 at 24.

Detroit lost its fourth in a row.

Rangers and Wings exchange goals

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Mar 30, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Rangers right wing Ryan Reaves (75) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead with 16:37 remaining in the first period on a goal by Ryan Reaves. Reaves tried to feed a pass across the crease, but ended up chipping the puck into the Detroit goal after the pass deflected back to him off the stick of Detroit’s Filip Hronek.

Detroit answered with 10:01 remaining in the first when Michael Rasmussen fired an innocent looking shot from the left face-off circle that eluded Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev and tied the game at 1.

Detroit then took a 2-1 lead with 2:37 remaining in the first on a goal by Jakub Vrana, who rifled a shot from the right-face off circle through the legs of Georgiev for a power-play goal.

But New York tied the game just 11 seconds later when Filip Chytil redirected a point shot by Patrik Nemeth into the goal to make it 2-2.

The Red Wings regained the lead at 3-2 just 29 seconds into the second period on another power-play goal, this time by Tyler Bertuzzi, whose slap shot from the top of the face-off circles beat Georgiev to the stick side.

New York then tied the game at 3 with 11:45 remaining in the second when Panarin took a pass from Frank Vatrano in the right face-off circle and buried the chance inside the far post.

Kreider ties it, Copp wins it

Detroit took a 4-3 lead with 14:04 remaining in the game when Adam Erne scored on a backhand shot from in between the face-off circles, but the Rangers tied the game at 4 with 3:38 left on a power-play goal by Chris Kreider.

In the extra session, Copp started a give and go with Panarin who came down the right side on Alex Nedeljkovic. The Breadman threaded a pass to Copp scoring the OT winner in his home state of Michigan.

For Copp, that was his 7th point since joining the Rangers at the March 21 Trade Deadline.

Notable Rangers

  • Alexandar Georgiev made 22 saves on 26 shots
  • Artemi Panarin picks up 1G – 2A
  • Chris Kreider ties Jaromir Jagr for most PPG in a season (24)
  • Andrew Copp extends his points streak to 6 games (5 w/NYR) (2G – 8A)

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–Field Level Media contributed to this report.