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Brassard's OT goal pushes Rangers past Red Wings

by Dan Rosen

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers weren't looking for anything pretty on their power play Wednesday, they were simply looking for it to work.

It did, twice. And it definitely wasn't pretty.

Rangers center Derick Brassard scored a power-play goal 1:50 into overtime off a rebound to give the Rangers a 4-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden.

New York's first power-play goal, scored 6:36 into the first period, went in off of Rick Nash's backside.

The Rangers (6-4-2) have scored three power play goals on seven chances in their past two games after going 2-for-28 in their first 10 games. They are 5-1-2 in their past eight games after losing three in a row.

"It was nothing special," Brassard said. "If you see it, there's no tic-tac-toes. One shot off Rick's [backside] and the other shot in overtime, just a lucky rebound on the side. I think it could give us a good lesson to just keep it simple."

The Red Wings (6-3-4), who were able to get a point because Tomas Tatar scored with 7.7 seconds remaining in regulation, have lost three in a row since a two-game winning streak. They finished three games at the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators and New York with two points (0-1-2).

"We're not happy about this road trip," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said.

But the Red Wings weren't terribly upset with how they played Wednesday and how they earned a point, especially considering they were close to getting nothing out of the game.

Detroit trailed 2-0 before the midway point of the second period, but tied the game on goals by Jakub Kindl and Dan Cleary 16 seconds apart. Cleary was playing his first game since Jan. 28. It was his first goal since Jan. 11.

"Anybody will tell you it's always good to score, to help, contribute," Cleary said. "It's not the easiest thing to step in and play, but I certainly feel I've put the work in to keep myself ready."

New York took a 3-2 lead with 7:50 remaining in the third period on Lee Stempniak's first goal in 10 games, scored off a 2-on-1 rush with Dominic Moore that was created by a slow line change by Detroit.

The Red Wings got an opportunity for a late power play and Tatar made it count. He tied the game on what was essentially a 5-on-3 goal with Rangers defenseman Marc Staal in the box for holding Pavel Datsyuk and Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson on the bench for the extra skater.

Andrej Nestrasil slid a pass through the high slot to Tatar, whose one-timer from the right circle beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

"I mean that was a huge comeback for us," Tatar said. "I'm glad we found a way to get a point. When they scored that third goal that kind of put us down, but we have lots of character in this room, so I'm glad we found a way to battle back."

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said, "I thought we did a lot of good things here and we could have found a way to win here for sure."

Babcock said he didn't understand how the Red Wings didn't get a four-minute power play at 9:34 of the third period, when New York forward Carl Hagelin got his stick up into Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser's face, drawing blood.

There was no penalty called on the play. Stempniak scored less than three minutes later.

"That's the way it goes," Babcock said. "We should have been on a four-minute power play in the third period, very obvious. But what do you do."

The Rangers were on the power play in overtime because Datsyuk was called for tripping Martin St. Louis in the offensive zone. They had three shots on goal during the 4-on-3 before Brassard scored off a shot by Dan Girardi.

"Shoot everything, that's kind of what we had as a mentality going in," Girardi said. "In the first period, we were trying to shoot everything. A lot got blocked, but it opens up those seams and we had a couple of seam passes with good looks. We tried to establish the shot early, and the winning goal ends up being a shot on net, not trying to pick the corner, just shooting it hard, and [Brassard] picked up the trash backdoor. That's it."

St. Louis scored his third goal in the past two games, and Nash scored his 10th of the season. He also was in front of the net when Brassard scored the winner. Rangers defenseman Matt Hunwick had an assist on the goals by St. Louis and Nash.

Lundqvist made 25 saves, including a penalty shot by Gustav Nyquist in the first period. He extended his shutout streak against the Red Wings to 211:08 before he was beaten by Kindl in the second period.

Kindl's goal snapped the Rangers' shutout streak against the Red Wings at 177:00.

"Most importantly we fought back and we got the two points here," Lundqvist said. "Obviously you don't want to take it to overtime, but it happens. Overall, I felt like we played a really strong game and we responded well after they came back and tied the game."


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