Detroit Red Wings Rob Rangers of Victory by Outstanding Goaltending

kim kardashian

The Detroit Red Wings pulled victory out of the clutches of the New York Rangers in thanks to the outstanding goaltending of Jimmy Howard, who was making his first start of the season.

The Rangers (2-2) started the game on a high note, scoring in the first 1:10 of the first period on a Mika Zibanejad deflection. The play started down low behind the net, where the combined efforts of Rick Nash and Chris Kreider kept the puck in Ranger possession before Kreider cycled it to Ryan McDonagh near the blue line. The Rangers captain’s shot was low and hard, finding Zibanejad’s stick in the slot and changing course to find the back of the net.

From then on, the Rangers played with speed and tempo, a style that brought the Pittsburgh Penguins a Stanley Cup in the previous year, and a style that the Rangers have been praised about early on in the season. But veteran Red Wing goaltender Jimmy Howard withstood assault after assault. By the end of the first period, the Rangers had a handful of high-quality scoring opportunities, but ended with the one goal, only.

While they continued peppering Howard with shots, their inability to stay out of the penalty box allowed the Red Wings to stay in the game. Thomas Vanek, whose career seems revitalized since coming to Detroit, scored just short of the 7-minute mark in the second period to tie it up at 1 on the power-play. The game stayed deadlocked until the opening minute of the third, where Drew Miller capitalized on a Henrik Lundqvist mistake, giving the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.

For Detroit, it was a game of weathering a tempest of high-flying forwards and active defensemen that was the New York Rangers. For the Rangers, it was firing shot after shot at a brick wall that would not yield. Their 2-1 defeat marks the second time in the early season where their high-octane offense and steady defense were beaten by strong goaltending (recall their defeat to the Blues, where they outshot St. Louis 15-0 in the final period). The Rangers finished the game having outshot their opponents 33-18, but the final buzzer saw the Detroit Red Wings walking out of Madison Square Garden with the 2-1 victory.

For the Rangers, their next matchup is against division rivals the Washington Capitals on Saturday at 7pm.

About Alec Montecalvo

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