Rangers fall to Red Wings in OT, 3-2

Rangers fight for puck for net vs Red Wings

Rangers fight for puck for net vs Red Wings

NEW YORK (AP) — Dominik Kubalik scored a power-play goal 2:43 in overtime and the Detroit Red Wings rallied to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Sunday.

Matt Luff and Pius Suter scored in the second period when Detroit came back after trailing 2-0 in the first period. Moritz Seider had two assists and Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 27 shots in the Red Wings’ third straight win.

Cape Kakko and Mika Zibanejad scored in the first period to give the Rangers the lead. Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves and fell to 0-4-0 in four starts this season.

In the extra period, the Red Wings went on the power play when Rangers defender K’Andre Miller was called to hold at 1:44 am. Kubalik took advantage almost a minute later and scored his sixth goal of the season.

Halak crushed and broke his stick in frustration against the post to his left after the winning goal.

The 37-year-old saved Kubalik on the left wing alone with four minutes left in the third inning, but then denied Filip Hronek‘s point-blank in the last minute of regulations to enforce overtime.

Kakko opened the scoring at 9:14 of the first, knocking the puck past Nedeljkovic for his third of the season and his first since October 17. Chris Kreider got his 200th career assist on the line, becoming the 16th player of the 2009 draft class to reach that milestone.

Zibanejad made it 2-0 in the power play with 3:04 to go, on a one-timer from a cross-ice pass from Artemi Panarin past Nedeljkovic from his usual spot in the left circle. Zibenejad has points in five consecutive matches.

Panarin, who leads the Rangers by 17 points, has points in seven of his last eight games (four goals, nine assists) and 10 of his last 12.

Luff got the Red Wings on the scoreboard at 2:56 of the second when he tipped Ben Chiarotshot past Halak.

Suter equalized at 8.37am, taking advantage of the Rangers’ lax defense for Halak. He scored his third from the front. Dylan Larkin had an assist to give him a team-leading 15 points.

TRUSTED ENEMIES

This was the 600th regular season meeting between the teams. The Red Wings are the fourth team the Rangers will have played 600 or more times, alongside Boston (664), Montreal (635) and Toronto (620). … In recent seasons, games between the Rangers and Red Wings have been particularly close, with 25 of the last 31 encounters decided by one goal and 16 ending in overtime or a shootout.

WELCOME BACK

Former Rangers Striker Andrew Coppea returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time since signing a five-year off-season contract with Detroit. He had eight goals and 18 points in 16 games with New York after being taken over from Winnipeg last March, then added six goals and eight assists in 20 playoff games during the Rangers’ run to the 2022 Eastern Conference final.

LINEUPS

Rangers striker Filip Chytil returned after six missed games with a suspected concussion.

NEXT ONE

Red Wings: host of Montreal on Tuesday evenings.

Rangers: Hosts the New York Islanders on Tuesday nights.

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