NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Detroit
(Saturday, October 18th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, NY Rangers 4 (OT)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa's first goal in a Detroit uniform came just 23 seconds into overtime to help the Red Wings down the New York Rangers, 5-4, at Joe Louis Arena.
A late power-play goal tied the game for Detroit and the team scored quickly in the extra session for the win. Pavel Datsyuk skated into the Rangers end and dumped the puck deep to get past a defender. Datsyuk caught up to the puck and slammed on the brakes behind the right side of the net for a clear passing lane. He spotted Hossa charging in and sent a pass right to the tape of Hossa, who snapped it home for the 300th goal of his career.
"I knew I was getting chances," said Hossa. "I tried to stay calm on the ice, and off, too. there was no panic. I knew the goals would come and tonight I got the first one. It doesn't get any better than this. The 300th, the first goal as a Red Wing and the game winner in overtime."
Mikael Samuelsson had a goal and two assists while Chris Osgood was charged with four goals on 32 shots for the Red Wings, who got their first win at home this season after dropping their previous two contests at The Joe.
Hossa, who came to Detroit in the offseason as a free agent after helping Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup Finals, also had an assist in the game.
Aaron Voros scored twice while Nigel Dawes and Ryan Callahan each lit the lamp for the Rangers, who have lost two of their last three after starting the season with five straight wins. Henrik Lundqvist, who is 0-2-1 in his career versus Detroit, made 40 saves.
"Tough way to end a game," said Lundqvist. "Just a very tough last two minutes of the game. It was disappointing. It felt like we had it. Even with their chances, it felt like we outplayed them."
Trailing by a goal to start the third period, the Rangers scored twice in the opening four minutes to take the lead.
Dominating play in the Detroit end, the Rangers cycled the puck well and took several shots on net. After a flurry of activity in front of the net, Michal Rozsival blasted a shot from the right point that Voros, in front of the net, tipped past Osgood just 1:45 in.
A bit over two minutes later, the Rangers took their first lead of the game. Continued pressure in the Detroit end led to Dmitri Kalinin blasting a shot on net that went wide. However, it hit off the back boards, and from a sharp angle to the left of the net Voros banked a shot off of Osgood for a 4-3 lead.
However, Detroit benefited from a too many men on the ice penalty on New York to tie the contest. Niklas Kronwall had the puck at the right point and blasted a shot on net that hit off the left skate of New York's Wade Redden in front. The puck bounced out to the left side for Jiri Hudler, who buried it past an out-of-position Lundqvist with 3:39 left in the third.
Detroit scored twice less than four minutes in to grab the early lead.
The first goal came just 28 seconds into the contest as Derek Meech blasted a shot from the high slot that Samuelsson deflected into the left corner of the net.
A turnover in the neutral zone led to the second goal. Samuelsson grabbed a puck that fell off a Ranger stick in the neutral zone and from the high slot passed it over to Valtteri Filppula. On the fly, Filppula let fly with a shot that Lundqvist stopped, but he left a big rebound and Johan Franzen banged it in at the 3:44 mark.
However, New York got on the board less than four minutes later. Good work along the left boards resulted in Scott Gomez grabbing the puck. He backhanded a pass to Callahan, who flicked a wrister from the left circle that beat Osgood for his second goal of the year.
Detroit regained its two-goal lead at the 10:57 mark of the second period. Nicklas Lidstrom had the puck in the high slot and blasted a shot on net that deflected off of two players and got past Lundqvist. Tomas Holmstrom got credit for the goal to make it a 3-1 game.
However, the Rangers again made it a one-goal contest 2 1/2 minutes later. With the puck sitting along the right boards, Marc Staal pinched in from the point and pushed it to Gomez down low. Gomez flicked a pass out front as he was about to go behind the net for Dawes, who snapped a quick wrister underneath the crossbar.
Detroit has won three straight and 10 of the last 11 against the Rangers...Detroit plays at St. Louis on Wednesday...The Rangers host Dallas on Monday...New York went 0-for-2 on the power play while Detroit finished the game 1-for-3...Voros has five goals on the season.
10/18 22:49:23 ET