Brad Richards tied the game with 31.8 seconds left in the third period, and then Pavel Datsyuk scored in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves in his first game since March 3, but Detroit finally broke through against the New York goalie. Darren Helm also scored in the third period for the Red Wings.
Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, who also got Rick Nash back after an extended absence.
The Red Wings tied it in the final minute of regulation when Richards scored on a power play. Detroit had its goalie pulled at the time, and the Rangers twice came within inches of scoring into the empty net. >> Read more
- This game, like so many others, came down to bounces. Ryan McDonagh ices the game at 3-1 but the puck hits the post instead of the net. Viktor Stalberg just misses in his attempt down the ice. Then the Red Wings take a shot, it goes off a player in front and right to Brad Richards and all the sudden you find yourself in OT.
- There was also Detroit scoring their first goal after a dump in attempt hit Mats Zuccarello in the back and went right to the Wings.
- The Rangers got their own bounces too, Derek Stepan scored on a broken play and also made a tremendous keep in to allow Chris Kreider to deflect Keith Yandle's shot in on the PP.
- The Rangers, again, did not have their best performance but were in a position to win because Henrik Lundqvist was tremendous. The Red Wings dominated the first and third and out shot the Rangers 29 to 11 in those periods. Detroit never led in the game until they won it but they were probably deserving of having the lead.
- I thought that for a first game back after missing 20, Rick Nash was solid. Derek Stepan is playing his best hockey of the season over the last stretch and was certainly the best Ranger forward today.