Despite losing Chris Kreider in the third period, the New York Rangers found a way to beat the Minnesota Wild in a shootout 4-3.
The New York Rangers defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday night at MSG. With the win, the Blueshirts extended their point streak to six games ( 4-0-2), winning their last four out of five games.
The Rangers are 12-2-2 since Dec. 5.
The “No Quit In NY” club found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard two times but were able to battle back to tie the game up each time.
“It’s pretty important for a team like ours, especially if we make the playoffs,” Artemi Panarin said of the comeback win. “It’s an important skill if we can go together and keep it, it doesn’t matter how things are going, we can do the same thing.”NHL.Com
The game was tied at two when the Wild took a one-goal lead when as former Ranger Mats Zuccarello scored at 4:33 of the third period with a goal that Rangers netminder Igor Shesterkin definitely would want back. His shot from the right circle hit off Shesterkin’s glove and went over the goalie’s head and into the net.
Filip Chytil was able to tie the game at three after an impressive shift by the Rangers that saw the team dominate the Minnesota side of the ice, which lasted 1:39 of attack time.
“When you have possession and you have good opportunities to shoot and you get chances, that’s what we had the whole shift,” Chytil said. “At the end we scored not the nicest goal, but important and a big goal for our team.”NHL.Com
Following an overtime session that saw the Rangers fail to score with a man advantage ( they went 0-3 on PP), the two teams headed to a shootout. Kappo Kakko scored a fluky goal on the team’s first shooting opportunity, and Artemi Panarin scored the shootout winner as he roofed a backhand shot over the Wilds’ Marc-Andre Fleury’s failed attempt to poke check the puck off of the breadman’s stick.
Gauthier & Kreider Injured
The Rangers did suffer two injuries in the win on Tuesday. Forwards Julian Gauthier and Chris Kreider were both injured in separate plays, with neither returning to the game.
Gauthier took just two shifts in the first period before leaving the game. He was hit by both Ryan Reaves and Brandon Duhaime simultaneously and had 1:47 of ice time.
Kreider suffered what appeared to be an arm injury with around ten minutes left in the third period. Alexis Lafreniere took his spot on the top line with Mika Zibanejad and Kaapo Kakko.
Both players are listed as having upper-body injuries, and no further information was updated following the game.
K’ Andre Miller (4th)
Adam Fox (8th)
Filip Chytil (12)
Igor Shesterkin recorded his 19th win making 29 saves.