DETROIT – Was there enough good feeling left to absorb this? Rangersen blew a two-goal lead in the third period…
DETROIT – Was there enough good feeling left to absorb this?
Rangersen blew a two-goal lead in the third period and then blew it in overtime and lost 3-2 on Red Wings on Friday night at Little Caesar’s Arena. The defeat broke Rangers four-game winning strike dramatically when Dylan Larkin won it with 5.1 seconds left in the 3-on-3 extra period.
Rangers (7-7-2) began their line of two shootout victories in California, transferred to two home wins earlier this week against Saber and Canadiens. They also traveled to goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist’s hot hand, who had looked sharp while winning three of these games.
“It’s more that we’ve won four in a row, Hank has played really well, said coach David Quinn’s previous game, with this way back-to-back, finishing in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night with the probable start by backup goalkeeper Alexandar Georgiev. “We just want to keep rolling with Hank.”
Like so many of these games in recent years, the red wings (6-8-2) with Jimmy Howard, which was 7-3-3 with a .949 saving percent and 1
.74 against the average in 13 previous career games against Rangers. After a terrible start of the season, Detroit had won four of its over five.
But at the beginning of the third period Rangers led 2-0. Nevertheless, a cruel turnout from Brendan Smith in a Justin Abdelkader resulted in just 1:36 in the period to cut Rangers lead to 2-1.
It made things quite tense for the rest of the evening and the red wings could tie it when Andreas A thanasiou burned all the wings and then beat Lundqvist with a cool backhand, making it 2-2 with only 2:02 left as a rule.
Pavel Buchnevich took a bad slash with only 1:49 left, but Detroit could not immediately score on the man’s advantage, nor did it last for overtime.
The game had started with Rangers over the red wings, but they struggled to beat Howard. After a pointless first, they got a big chance early in others when Brett Howden had a break, denied by Howard’s left pillow.
But when Red Wings forward Jacob de la Rose took a four-minute high penalty on Kevin Hayes, Rangers got the opportunity they needed. The first goal came when Jimmy Vesey set up a good screen in front of Howard and Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first goal for the season at a close shot at 17:53, giving his team a 1-0 lead.
It was extended to 2-0 just 40 seconds later when a long shot from Neal Pionk made his way through the traffic, Darren cut the Helm stick and then snorted through Chris Kreider’s leg and behind Howard for the two-goal pillow, Rangers would take in in the third period.
It was the third straight game Rangers has scored two goals in less than a minute.