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Miller gives the Rangers overtime win in Detroit; Lundqvist picks up shutout and more records

Bobby Bevilacqua

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It was a slow game with not a lot of action, but the Rangers (30-16-1) picked up a shutout overtime win on the road against the Detroit Red Wings thanks to another game winning goal from JT Miller and a strong effort from Henrik Lundqvist.

The teams combined for a total of 40 shots through almost 62 minutes of play, but neither team was able to keep up sustained pressure for large portions of the game. The Red Wings had their best chances in the first period, but Thomas Vanek hit the post and Henrik Lundqvist made a nice glove save on Anthony Mantha. The other prime opportunity for Detroit came in the third period, where Henrik Zetterberg hit Lundqvist’s mask with his shot in the slot.

In overtime, the Rangers capitalized on a Red Wing falling in the neutral zone, giving Mats Zuccarello and JT Miller a two-man breakaway. It’s worth noting that Brady Skjei started the play with an outstanding breakout and pass off of the boards. Zuccarello faked a shot, froze Jared Coreau and passed it off to Miller for his 16th goal of the season and his fifth game winning goal.

Henrik Lundqvist had a very solid performance, making some very nice saves and looking very in-tune with the fundamentals. He was moving well in his crease, seeing the puck well and reacting well. That marks two straight strong performances from him, which is encouraging. He also picked up his 20th win of the season, making him the first goalie in NHL history with at least 20 wins in his first 12 NHL seasons.

Mats Zuccarello also continued to score, even if he hasn’t been finding the back of the net. He leads the team with 37 points and 29 assists, with his helper on Miller’s goal extending his point streak to five games (seven assists), and giving him 17 points, all assists, in the last 14 games. He’s not scoring goals but he’s still an offensive force to be reckoned with.

The pairing of Adam Clendening and Brady Skjei remained together today and had a solid performance in their sheltered role, but Skjei was the player that really shined. Clendening actually played more (17:25 TOT) but Skjei was being used shorthanded and in the overtime period. On the game winning goal, played an integral part. He skated all the way to the Rangers’ defensive zone to intercept a pass that would have led to a great chance for the Red Wings. He then passed it off of the boards to Zuccarello. Skjei is already a great NHL player and continually improving.

Some bad news came with the game, as Kevin Hayes left after the second period and did not return. Steve Zipay said that he caught a glimpse of Hayes in the locker room, limping a bit with a brace on his left leg.

The Rangers are back in action tomorrow when they take on the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden.

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Posted on January 22, 2017, in Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Please don’t tell me Hayes is gonna be out now. We finally have everyone back they all look like they didn’t skip a beat. We can’t start the injuries again. Hayes and Miller have looked real good this year and I really don’t want to see that broken up.

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