The Detroit Red Wings traveled to Manhattan, New York Tuesday afternoon to take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The Wings were coming off of a 5-1 victory against Ottawa that opened their final season at Joe Louis Arena on Monday night. New York claimed a victory that same night when they defeated the San Jose Sharks, 7-4. Last night’s win improved the Wings’ season record to and even 2-2-0.
The only change to Detroit’s lineup was that Jimmy Howard got his first start of the season in the state that he spent his childhood in.
New York didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. Mika Zibanejad scored just over a minute into the tilt after he redirected a low shot from captain, Ryan McDonagh. Chris Kreider also had an assist on what was the only goal for the Ranger’s all night. The rest of the period was steady for both teams, neither one taking a single penalty. The shots on goal were 14-7 for the period, in favor of the Rangers.
New York also didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard during the second period except this time for a penalty rather than a goal. Mats Zuccarello was called just 49 seconds into the period after tripping Jonathan Ericsson. Michael Grabner had a breakaway during the penalty kill but was denied a goal by Howard. Just four minutes after their first power play, the Wings were sent on another one after Adam Clendening was called for boarding against Darren Helm. With 14 seconds remaining in the man advantage for Detroit, Thomas Vanek ties the game after deflecting a shot from Frans Nielsen into the top corner of the net and right over the left shoulder of Henrik Lundqvist. Mike Green also picked up his third assist of the season. Halfway through the period, Detroit’s PK unit went to work after Dylan Larkin served a penalty for too many men. At the same time, Luke Glendening took a penalty for hooking against Kevin Hayes, this gave New York a two man advantage. With 7 seconds left in the 5-on-3, Brendan Smith was called for holding against Kreider putting Detroit down a man after the remaining 5-on-3 was killed. Jimmy Howard didn’t give New York any chance to score on any advantage they were given and the game remained tied at 1 after two periods. The shots remained in favor of New York, 13-7.
Both teams started the third period at full strength and just 59 seconds in, Drew Miller scored his first goal on a vacated net after a pass from Glendening whose stick ended up with the puck after a mix up behind the net. This made for Glendening’s second assist of the season. Alexy Marchenko took a penalty at 5:16 of the third for hooking against Zibanejad but the Wings’ penalty kill went to work yet again and the penalty was killed off with ease. The last two penalties of the game came before the halfway mark of the period and both were served by the Rangers. Kreider was called for roughing against Green and while on the disadvantage, the Rangers managed to score but the goal was waived off immediately. J.T. Miller took the final penalty of the game for a high stick on Smith but the Wings failed to get a shot past Lundqvist. The third period shots ended up 6 for NY and 4 for Detroit, totaling 33-18 for a New York lead. Detroit picked up two points and improved their record to 2-2-0. New York’s loss also put their record at an even 2-2-0.
Overall, the game was a huge one for Jimmy Howard who made some incredible saves and surely showed up any fans that questioned Jeff Blashill for placing him in between the pipes for his first of the season. Thomas Vanek and Drew Miller had big offensive nights along with Mike Green and Luke Glendening. The Wings’ penalty kill units also have a lot to be proud of killing all four of their disadvantages.
Stars of the Game:
1.) Jimmy Howard (DET) – 32 SV, 33 SA, .970 SV%
2.) Drew Miller (DET) – 1 G, 0 A, 1 PTS, +1
3.) Mika Zibanejad (NY) – 1 G, 0 A, 1 PTS, +/-0
The Red Wings will fly home to take on the 1-2-0, Nashville Predators at 7:30 PM, Friday night.
Box Score: https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/det-vs-nyr/2016/10/19/2016020049/recap/box-score#game=2016020049,game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=boxscore
Photo Credit: http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/detroit-red-wings-vs-new-york-rangers-nhl-pictures-1.12476056