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Oct. 18, 2008
• PHOTO GALLERY
By Jim Cerny, newyorkrangers.com
Marian Hossa’s 300th career NHL goal 23 seconds into overtime lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 victory over the valiant and resilient Rangers on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.
The Rangers, now 6-1-1 on the season with a league-best 13 points, erased a pair of two-goal deficits to grab a point in the standings on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Blueshirts have not won at Joe Louis Arena since Jan. 30, 1999, and they are 1-8-1 against the Red Wings in their last 10 meetings.
A turnover at center ice by the Rangers led to the game-deciding goal. Pavel Datsyuk collected the loose puck, danced around Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, and centered in front to Hossa, who snapped the puck from five feet out past Henrik Lundqvist for his first goal of the season, and 300th of his career.
Trailing 3-2 entering the third period, the Rangers killed off the final 62 seconds of a penalty to Ryan Callahan that had carried over from the second. Then they went to work swarming the Red Wings in the offensive zone.
After Detroit goalie Chris Osgood made a pair of saves on Nikolai Zherdev and Gomez, and Voros steered a five-foot shot wide of the net with Osgood out of the play, the Rangers tied the game on Voros’ fourth goal of the season. Skating through the slot, Voros redirected Michal Rozsival’s slap shot under Osgood’s right arm at 1:45 of the third to tie the game 3-3.
Another relentless forecheck led to Voros’ second goal of the game just two minutes later. The scoring play developed after Dubinsky chased the puck down along the right wing boards to keep it in the Red Wings zone, and the Rangers would send the puck twice towards the net to no avail. But an alert Voros collected the loose puck from behind the goal line and banked the puck off the back of Osgood and into the cage, giving the Rangers their first lead of the night, 4-3, at 3:58 of the third.
Looking to add to their lead, the Rangers nearly lost it while skating on the power play at the 7:07 mark of the final stanza. Datsyuk and Hossa skated in on a 2-on-1 shorthanded break, but Lundqvist made a game-saving stop on Hossa’s shot. Datsyuk was tied up by Rangers defenseman Paul Mara and could not reach the rebound that bounced tantalizingly close to Lundqvist’s right.
However, the Red Wings were able to tie the game at 16:21 while skating on the power play after a controversial bench minor against the Rangers for having too many men on the ice. Jiri Hudler roofed a rebound of a shot that had been blocked by Wade Redden to even the score at 4-4.
Thirty seconds after Hudler’s goal, Lundqvist made another sensational save, kicking out his right pad to deny Datsyuk, who had broken in past the Rangers defense.
The Rangers dug themselves an early hole by allowing two goals in the first 3:44 of the match, including the first goal just 28 seconds after the opening faceoff. Standing in the high slot, former Rangers winger Mikael Samuelsson perfectly deflected a Derek Meech shot from the right point past Lundqvist and just under the crossbar to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.
A little more than three minutes later, Samuelsson haunted his former team again, this time by stealing the puck in the neutral zone to jump start another scoring play. After his takeaway, Samuelsson fed the puck to Niklas Kronwall, who raced into the Rangers zone on left wing. Kronwall fired a heavy shot on net that Lundqvist kicked out with his left pad. However, Johan Franzen was left all alone in the slot to bang in the rebound for his third goal of the season at 3:44 of the first.
Trailing 2-0, and being badly outplayed from the outset, the Rangers needed to regroup quickly, and they did just that. Though the Red Wings were still forcing the Rangers into several neutral zone turnovers, the Blueshirts were able to begin generating more scoring chances by getting the puck in deep in Detroit’s zone as the period progressed.
Some good old-fashioned, diligent hard work along the left-wing boards in the offensive zone led to a Rangers goal at 7:32 of the opening stanza. Gomez and Nigel Dawes won repeated battles for the puck along the wall, with Gomez finally working the puck to an open Callahan in the left wing circle. Callahan snapped a quick shot that beat Osgood short side and into the back of the net for his second of the season, and the Rangers had pulled to within 2-1.
Callahan’s goal was not only the Rangers first of this game, but it was their first since Gomez scored in the opening period of Wednesday’s match against the Buffalo Sabres, a span of 126 minutes.
The Blueshirts nearly had another score a minute later when Fredrik Sjostrom circled the Red Wings net and, with a defenseman hanging on his back, attempted a wraparound shot that slid through the crease, just barely out of the reach of teammate Colton Orr.
Meanwhile Lundqvist settled in after allowing the two early goals, making several strong saves, including quick pad stops on both Nicklas Lidstrom and Hossa, before the first period ended with the Rangers trailing 2-1.
Detroit would regain its two-goal advantage at the 10:57 mark of the second, mere seconds after Lundqvist robbed Hossa from point-blank range. However after Lundqvist’s big save, the Rangers could not clear the puck out of the zone, and the Red Wings capitalized.
Lidstrom took a booming slap shot from just inside the blueline, and Tomas Holmstrom had the puck carom off his leg and over the goal line for his team-leading fifth goal of the season, to give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead. It was a typical goal for Holmstrom, who is renowned for camping himself in the slot to deflect outside shots.
Though Detroit pressed their advantage after the goal, Lundqvist remained strong between the pipes, and the Rangers answered back at 13:23 to trim Detroit’s lead to 3-2.
Once again Gomez helped create the scoring play. The Rangers slick center collected a pass from Marc Staal near the right wing corner in the offensive zone and quickly backhanded a pass towards the left circle. Dawes accepted the feed and snapped a shot over Osgood’s glove and into the net for his first goal of the season, and once again the Rangers had trimmed their deficit to one goal.
One minute later Dawes came close to tying the game when, again off a neat pass from Gomez, he sailed a wicked wrist shot just over the crossbar from the bottom of the left wing circle.
There would be no more goal-scoring for either team in the second, but in order to get to the intermission trailing by a single goal, the Rangers first had to kill 31 seconds worth of a 5-on-3 Detroit power play late in the period. With Voros and Callahan both in the penalty box for identical hooking penalties, the threesome of Staal, Mara, and Blair Betts, along with goaltender Lundqvist, kept Detroit from adding to their lead with the two-man advantage.
However, in need of one final kill late in the third period, the Rangers instead surrendered the tying goal, setting the stage for Hossa’s game-winner in overtime.
The Rangers will conclude a stretch of seven games in 11 nights when they host the Dallas Stars on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. After that match, the Rangers will have a three-day break from game action before skating in Columbus against the Blue Jackets next Friday.
|Mikael Samuelsson (1) ASST: Derek Meech (1), Valtteri Filppula (1)|
1 - 0 DET
|Johan Franzen (3) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (2), Mikael Samuelsson (2)|
2 - 0 DET
|Ryan Callahan (2) ASST: Scott Gomez (4)|
2 - 1 DET
|Tomas Holmstrom (5) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (4), Marian Hossa (4)|
3 - 1 DET
|Nigel Dawes (1) ASST: Scott Gomez (5), Marc Staal (1)|
3 - 2 DET
|Aaron Voros (4) ASST: Michal Rozsival (2), Brandon Dubinsky (5)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Aaron Voros (5) ASST: Dmitri Kalinin (1), Brandon Dubinsky (6)|
4 - 3 NYR
|PPG - Jiri Hudler (1) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (1), Mikael Samuelsson (3)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Marian Hossa (1) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (5), Brian Rafalski (5)|
5 - 4 DET
|Marian Hossa Interference against Markus Naslund|
|Aaron Voros Hooking against Pavel Datsyuk|
|Ryan Callahan Hooking against Tomas Holmstrom|
|Daniel Cleary Roughing against Wade Redden|
|Aaron Voros Too many men on the ice|
|SA: 45||TOI: 60:23|
|Saves: 40||EV: 35 - 39|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .889||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 32||TOI: 60:23|
|Saves: 28||EV: 23 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .875||SH: 1 - 1|