Wings score two in third, win in overtime
Detroit — Showing increasing resilience, the Red Wings came from behind for a second consecutive game, beating the New York Rangers, 3-2, in overtime Friday.
Fed by Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin broke in on Henrik Lundqvist with 5 seconds left in overtime, and beat him cleanly with the winning goal.
It was Larkin’s seventh goal of the season.
Athanasiou tied the score with 2:02 left in regulation, after the Wings trailed for much of the game.
Jimmy Howard held them in the game for long stretches, eventually stopping 28 of 30 shots.
In regulation, the Wings nearly succumbed to penalty problems and their chronic failure to move the puck up out of their zone from their defensive corps.
Justin Abdelkader scored his fourth goal of the season early in the third period after the Wings had spotted the Rangers to a 2-0 lead.
The Rangers, winners of five in a row, got goals from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Neal Pionk.
For substantial portions of the game, the Red Wings had continuing difficulties exiting their own zone in transition from defense to offense.
In the first period the Red Wings killed a tripping penalty to Mike Green at 25 seconds, yielding two shots.
And, after killing off another penalty for delay of game to Darren Helm at 6:01 they had considerable trouble in their own zone, retrieving the puck, possessing it and moving it out.
Better zone exits were a priority set by Jeff Blashill before the game.
The Wings had one of their worst possession periods of the season, giving the puck away 13 times, which would be a large amount for a full game.
Their veteran defensemen were the most culpable, with Trevor Daley committing three giveaways and Danny DeKeyser and Mike Green two each.
Again, Howard, worked to keep the Wings in the game, making huge saves on Chris Krieder, moving deftly across the crease to stop a shot with his blocker, then Jesper Fast, after the Rangers forward descended upon him to point-blank range after the Wings gave away the puck trying to exit the zone.
The Rangers outshot the Red Wings 11-6 in the period.
The second period started much the same. But, slowly, the Wings began to tilt the ice back towards the Rangers.
Just after the 7-minute mark, they nearly grabbed the lead.
Michael Rasmussen skated with power down the left wing in the Rangers zone, and while warding off a defender with his left arm and controlling the puck with his right, he made his way to the top of the crease and beat Lundqvist, passing by the goal mouth.
But the referees immediately whistled the play for a handpass.
The Wings continued to pressure the Rangers, producing scoring chances but no goals.
Then, at 16:48 Jacob de la Rose took a 4-minute high-sticking penalty.
The Rangers struck twice. Shattenkirk beat Howard high, with a 27-foot snap shot, at 17:53. And Pionk bounced a wrist shot from the blue line off a Wings’ defender in front of Howard at 18:33.
Both teams had 12 shots on goal in the second period.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes one of his 28 saves in the game. He allowed two goals.