The New York Rangers rallied back this evening, and put up five unanswered goals after falling behind 2-0 during the first period. That win now gives the Rangers three straight, and a ton of confidence heading into Friday’s matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes. Brandon Pirri notched a pair of goals on the night, including the game winning goal late in the third period on the power play.
Henrik Lundqvist probably would have liked the game to start a bit different after giving up two early goals, including a softie to Austin Czarnik. However, he bounced beautifully after the two goals, and helped the Rangers preserve a 5-2 victory at Madison Square Garden.
David Pastrnak got things started rather quick tonight after breaking down the left wing, and slipping the puck between the legs of Lundqvist just 10 seconds into regulation. Later on in the period, things looked like they were taking a turn for the worst after Lundqvist misplayed a high shot by Austin Czarnik and the puck trickled in over the goal line.
Although, the Rangers completely turned this game around in the second period, and scored five unanswered goals to come away with two points. Rick Nash started the scoring barrage at 9:16 of the second period, after being denied on his first attempt and flipping a corresponding chip shot over Zane McIntyre.
The Rangers wound up adding two more goals later on in the period coming from Kevin Hayes, and Brandon Pirri, who absolutely scorched one past McIntyre. Pirri picked up right where it left off in the second period, and added his second goal of the night after slamming home a rebound off of the end boards.
Under a minute later, Jimmy Vesey finished off the surge after driving the net and tapping home an excellent cross-ice feed from Rick Nash. Following Vesey’s goal, the Rangers pretty much shut the rest of the game down and preserved their 5-2 lead to make it three wins in a row.
The Rangers will now look to carry over their strong finish to Friday, where they will meet up with the Carolina Hurricanes. Both Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich could be returning that game as well, so there will be some interesting personnel changes ahead.