Brassard's OT goal gives Rangers win over Detroit
- Associated Press
- October 26, 2013 - 9:25 PM
DETROIT — Derick Brassard's breakaway goal in the closing seconds of overtime gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Brassard scored his first of the season with only 12.9 seconds showing on the OT clock.
Benoit Pouliot had a goal and an assist and Mats Zuccarello also scored for New York, which rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in the final game of its season-opening, nine-game road trip. Cam Talbot stopped 32 shots while filling in for injured regular Henrik Lundqvist.
The Rangers (3-6), who went to overtime for the first time this season, will host Montreal in the opener at renovated Madison Square Garden on Monday.
Drew Miller and Daniel Alfredsson scored for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight. Jimmy Howard made 37 saves.
Brassard broke the Rangers' two-game losing streak when picked up a loose puck just inside the blue line and beat Howard between the pads.
Zuccarello tied it at 2-2 by putting in a rebound 2:18 into the third for his first goal of the season.
Pouliot had gotten the Rangers even at 1 with a power-play goal with 2:40 remaining in the second period. He put the puck past Howard during a goal-mouth scramble for his first with New York.
Alfredsson's power-play goal with 11 seconds left in the second period restored Detroit's lead at 2-1. He netted his second of the season with a one-timed shot from the right circle.
The Rangers had scoring chances earlier but were denied by Howard and the goal post.
Howard dove across the crease to make a spectacular blocker save on Brian Boyle about eight minutes into the middle period. Ryan McDonagh hit a goal post about five minutes into the frame.
Miller gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead with 2:48 remaining in the first period. He completed a 2-on-1 rush by beating Talbot with a wrist shot from the left circle for his first of the season.
NOTES: Lundqvist missed his second game because of an undisclosed injury. ... Seeking to generate more offense, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock split up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who had been playing together on the first line. Datsyuk centered RW Daniel Alfredsson and LW Todd Bertuzzi, and Zetterberg was between LW Tomas Tatar and RW Johan Franzen for Detroit, which had scored only three goals in the previous three games. ... Rangers center J.T. Miller played junior hockey with the suburban-Detroit based Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. ... The Red Wings' healthy scratches were RW Mikael Samuelsson and RW Patrick Eaves.
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