NYR
51-24-7
PHX
42-27-13

30 SOG
23 SOG

Richards delivers an amazing win with 0.1 second left

newyorkrangers.com | Saturday, 12.17.2011 / 11:12 PM

2011-12 Game No. 30; Road Game No. 17 Rangers' Record: 18-8-4
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Brad Richards scored the winning goal with 0.1 second left as the Rangers beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday night.

Richards' backhanded shot from the left circle eluded goalie Mike Smith as time ran out. The game appeared to be headed to overtime, but a video replay revealed that the puck crossed the goal line in just enough time.

The Rangers rallied from a 2-1 deficit and snapped a two-game skid. The Coyotes have lost four of five. Martin Gaborik's second goal of the game -- the 300th of his NHL career -- tied it 2-2 just over two minutes into the third period. Gaborik took advantage of Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle's giveaway in front of the net.

Cal O'Reilly scored  on the power play to give Phoenix a 2-1 lead with 51 second left in the second period. Lauri Korpikoski made it 1-1 when he got Phoenix even with 9 seconds left in the first.

After scoring a total of one goal in their previous two losses, the Rangers came out strong with solid forechecking and a clear territorial edge. The Rangers converted their energy into a power-play goal that made it 1-0.

Defenseman Michael Del Zotto split defensemen Adrian Aucoin and Oliver Ekman-Larsson with a perfect pass onto the stick to Gaborik, who broke in alone and ripped a shot past Smith at 8:34 for his 16th of the season.

Though clearly outplayed in the first, the Coyotes tied it 1-1 at the end of the period. Boyd Gordon beat Erik Christensen on a faceoff to the right of Rangers goalie Martin Biron and drew the puck back to Korpikoski, who scored his eighth of the season.
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STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers improved their league-leading record when outshooting their opponent -- posting a record of 10-2-0 (.833 percent) in those contests. They  are also now 14-1-1 (.875 percent) in games when scoring first. They had entered the game ranked second in the NHL with an .867 winning percentage when scoring first.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Gaborik 2. Richards 3. Girardi


THE BIGGER PICTURE
There are moments in any special season when a team can look back and say any one particular win was evidence of its destiny. This win will be remembered for a long time and could take on some added meaning depending on the team's playoff run.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (29:35)
Shots -- Richards, Hagelin (4)
Hits -- Girardi (6)
Blocks -- Prust, McDonagh (3)
Takeaways -- Three players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Richards (16)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT PHOENIX
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brian Boyle John Mitchell
Mike Rupp Erik Christensen Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Steve Eminger
Jeff Woywitka Anton Stralman
Goaltenders: Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist
Starting Lineup: Biron, McDonagh, Girardi, Dubinsky, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Fedotenko/Rupp Erik Christensen Brandon Dubinsky
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Derek Stepan
Dan Girardi Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Prust/Fedotenko Brian Boyle
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
1st2nd3rdT
NYR
PHX
Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:34NYR PPG - Marian Gaborik (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Del Zotto (13), Derek Stepan (14) 1 - 0 NYR
19:51PHX SHG - Lauri Korpikoski (8) Snap shot - ASST: Boyd Gordon (9) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
19:08PHX PPG - Cal O'Reilly (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Shane Doan (13), Radim Vrbata (12) 2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
01:09NYR Marian Gaborik (17) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 2 - 2 Tie
19:59NYR Brad Richards (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan McDonagh (10), Ryan Callahan (11) 3 - 2 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Lauri Korpikoski
1st
Lauri Korpikoski
LW
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:05
Marian Gaborik
2nd
Marian Gaborik
RW
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:17
David Schlemko
3rd
David Schlemko
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 23:38
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:15PHX Taylor Pyatt  Hooking against  Brian Boyle
11:47PHX Shane Doan  Interference against  Steve Eminger
13:08PHX Michal Rozsival  Hi-sticking against  Dan Girardi
18:15PHX Raffi Torres  Roughing against  Mike Rupp
18:15PHX Raffi Torres  Roughing against  Mike Rupp
18:15NYR Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Raffi Torres
2nd Period
07:54PHX Shane Doan  Interference against  Ryan Callahan
17:01NYR Ruslan Fedotenko  Interference against  David Schlemko
18:10NYR Anton Stralman  Tripping against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
3rd Period
17:22PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson  Interference against  Ryan Callahan
shots by period
PeriodNYRPHX
1st95
2nd812
3rd136
Total3023
Team Stats
CategoryNYRPHX
Power Plays1/61/2
Hits2935
Faceoff Wins1940
Giveaways35
Takeaways37
Blocked Shots137
Penalty Minutes614
  • NY RANGERS
  • PHOENIX
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD0110025:41
5D. GirardiD0001029:35
6J. WoywitkaD000206:18
8B. PrustL000008:06
10M. GaborikR2013021:17
17B. DubinskyC0003018:48
19B. RichardsC1024020:35
21D. StepanC0103021:12
22B. BoyleC0001016:03
24R. CallahanR0111020:31
26R. FedotenkoL0002213:33
27R. McDonaghD0110024:25
32A. StralmanD0002220:01
34J. MitchellC0002014:37
40E. ChristensenC00-1006:42
44S. EmingerD000006:26
62C. HagelinL0004014:31
71M. RuppL000228:41
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
43M. Biron2123.91360:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3K. YandleD00-22021:55
6D. SchlemkoD00-11023:38
11M. HanzalC00-20018:36
13R. WhitneyL00-11016:20
14T. PyattL0001210:12
15B. GordonC0111017:33
17R. VrbataR01-23021:05
19S. DoanR0103415:07
20C. SummersD0002015:16
22D. LangkowC0003013:13
23Ekman-LarssonD0001218:34
24K. ChipchuraC000109:40
26C. O'ReillyC1001010:30
28L. KorpikoskiL1012016:05
32M. RozsivalD0010218:17
33A. AucoinD0000021:25
37R. TorresL000048:04
89M. BoedkerL00-11014:11
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
41M. Smith2730.90060:00