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|NYR||1||0||2||(0 - 0)||3|
Chris Kreider scored twice and Brian Boyle opened the scoring for New York (35-26-4); Jimmy Howard stopped 28 of 31 shots for Detroit (29-22-13). Lundqvist is one win shy of tying Mike Richter for the Rangers' franchise win record. He also extended his shutout streak against Detroit to 176:24, a run that consists of 91 shots dating back to March 21, 2012, and tied Ed Giacomin on the Rangers' all-time list with his 49th career shutout.
The win moved New York (74 points) ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers (73) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Boyle opened the scoring on what appeared at first to be a spoiled odd-man rush for the Rangers. John Moore took a drop pass and had a shooting lane in the slot, but was stopped by the oncoming Daniel Alfredsson, who broke Moore's stick in the process. The loose puck slid right to Boyle, who spun around and fired a wrist shot that trickled past Howard 5:14 into the game for his fifth goal.
The first half of the opening period belonged to New York, which outshot Detroit 9-4 in the first 10 minutes. The Rangers almost scored again when Marc Staal flipped a football-style pass the length of the ice that found Derick Brassard streaking toward the Detroit net. Brassard went in alone on Howard and went to his backhand, but the shot grazed off Howard's right pad before gliding wide of the left post with 11:21 left in the period.
Kreider gave New York a 2-0 lead 14 seconds into the third when he deflected McDonagh's slap shot from the point over Howard's left shoulder. The picture-perfect tip gave Kreider his 15th goal of the season and New York a comfortable third-period lead.
Kreider's second of the game with 7:49 remaining put the game away. He took a long cross-ice pass from Derek Stepan and wristed a hard shot that beat Howard inside the left post.
New York failed to generate chances at the start of the second period, firing one shot in the first eight minutes. The Red Wings sustained pressure in the Rangers' zone during that time but failed to beat Lundqvist, who got help from a defense that blocked five shots in the first 5:28 of the second. The Rangers' leading shot-blocker, Dan Girardi, blocked two shots six seconds apart while Detroit maintained offensive-zone pressure.
The teams traded opportunities with the man advantage and Detroit's best chance came with 8:20 remaining in the second after Daniel Carcillo was called for tripping. Johan Franzen weaved behind the New York net and found Todd Bertuzzi open at the lip of the crease. Bertuzzi snapped a quick one-timer from point-blank range, but Lundqvist cut down the angle to make his finest save of the afternoon.
Howard stood tall in the closing moments of the second period when New York mounted a strong attack with five shot attempts in the final 81 seconds. Howard stopped three of them and the other two were blocked to keep the game a one-goal affair.
|Brian Boyle (5) Wrist shot - ASST: John Moore (10), Dominic Moore (10)|
1 - 0 NYR
|Chris Kreider (15) Tip-in - ASST: Ryan McDonagh (23), Derek Stepan (32)|
2 - 0 NYR
|Chris Kreider (16) Snap shot - ASST: Derek Stepan (33), Ryan McDonagh (24)|
3 - 0 NYR
|Ryan McDonagh Tripping against Johan Franzen|
|Johan Franzen Interference against Martin St. Louis|
|Chris Kreider Holding against Johan Franzen|
|Kyle Quincey Cross checking against Martin St. Louis|
|Daniel Carcillo Tripping against Riley Sheahan|
|Jimmy Howard Roughing against Benoit Pouliot|