Wings score two in third, win in over­time

The Detroit News - - Sports - BY GREGG KRUPA The Detroit News

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.

Paul Sancya/As­so­ci­ated Press

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes one of his 28 saves in the game. He al­lowed two goals.

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