RECAP: Red Wings rally to beat Rangers, 3-2, in overtime
NEW YORK — The Detroit Red Wings scored three unanswered goals, capped by Dominik Kubalikwon the game in overtime on the power play, to beat the New York Rangers, 3-2, Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Rangers led 2-0 after the first period, but Matt Luff and Pie Suter scored 5:41 apart in the second to erase the Red Wings’ two-goal deficit. The teams went scoreless in the third, then Kubalik capped Detroit’s three-goal rally with his sixth goal of the season at 2:43 into the extra frame.
“We deserved it,” said Kubalik, who scored his first game-winning goal with the Red Wings. “We deserved it and we are happy to have won the victory.”
Alex Nedeljkovic made 27 saves to help Detroit (7-3-2; 16 points) win its third straight game, marking the team’s longest winning streak since winning five in a row from Nov. 24 to December 4, 2021.
“It’s a big win,” Nedeljkovic said. “It’s been two in a row now that we showed up, put on a solid game and came away with two points. It’s always great to win on the road.”
Andrew Coppwho played 16 games for Rangers in 2021-22 after being acquired by the club at last season’s trade deadline, was recognized on the JumboTron in Sunday’s contest opener. Jordan Osterle played his 300th career NHL game, while Detroit native Austin Czarnik recorded 12:45 of ice time in his Red Wings debut.
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New York 1, Detroit 0 (9:14, 1st period)
Rangers struck first when Kaapo Kakko collected the rebound from Chris Kreider’s shot, then sent the puck over Nedeljkovic’s glove.
New York 2, Detroit 0 (16:56, 1st period)
Mika Zibanejad scored his sixth power-play goal of the season, tying Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid for the most in the NHL.
Detroit 1, New York 2 (2:56, 2nd period)
Redirected luff Ben Chiarotfrom just below the blue line into the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Moritz Seider was also credited with an assist on Luff’s first count with the Red Wings.
Detroit 2, New York 2 (8:37, 2nd period)
Dylan Larkins, skating towards the New York crease, fired a shot that was blocked by Rangers goalie Jaroslav Halak. After Philippe HronekAlso disallowed was Suter’s shot, picking up the puck and finding the string for his second goal in as many games.
Detroit 3, New York 2 (2:43, OT)
The Red Wings completed the comeback when Seider fed David Perron in the left faceoff circle, who found Kubalik open at the back post. Kubalik quickly buried Perron’s pass on the power play for his second career NHL goal in overtime.
Head coach Derek Lalonde talks about what he loved about Detroit’s overtime win
“I liked that we didn’t get away from our game despite losing 2-0 after the first one. It was actually quite a good period. I felt a bit unhappy to be down, but I think that we showed maturity by not forcing it and sticking to our game.”
Kubalik on his strong start this season
“I feel really good. Every day, training and game, I feel more and more comfortable. It’s huge for me. I’m just happy, that’s all I can say.”
Nedeljkovic on what he saw in front of him on Sunday night
“I just wanted to focus on myself today. And like I do every game, do my thing, try to stop the pucks for the boys and give them a chance to win in front of me. They played well.”