The New York Rangers have taken down the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 2-1 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. With the win, the Rangers improve to 9-2-2 on the season. With the loss, the Avalanche fall to 4-9-1 and have dropped four of their last five games.
The three stars of the game in this order from one to three were: Henrik Lundqvist who had 29 saves, Tyson Barrie who had one assist and finally Ryan McDonagh who had two assists.
Colorado got on the board first as Nathan Mckinnon beat Lundqvist on the power play at 7:13 of the first period, assisted by Tyson Barrie.
At 12:42 of the second period the Rangers got a power play and made the most of their opportunity. On a shot that ricocheted off the glass, Derek Stepan beat Reto Berra to tie the game up 1-1.
Just 21 seconds later, Oscar Lindberg got the puck and slotted it home from a tight angle with what appeared to be no space between Berra and the post. Lindberg's goal was his 7th of the season, assisting the goal was McDonagh and Kevin Hayes.
Lindberg is the surprise of the season for NHL rookies. Among Max Domi, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, Lindberg leads the league for rookies with 7 goals.
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault mentioned the outstanding goal from Lindberg, “Sometimes when a player feels it, sees it, I always like that bad-angle shot. I always think it's a good idea."
“He's in that zone right now, where he's making great plays. He's in the right place. You earn your bounces by working hard and making good decisions," Lundqvist said about Lindberg. "Oscar Lindberg talked about his play this season by saying “I didn't expect to score this many goals," Lindberg said. "I'm not trying to think about it too much. I'm just trying to play."
Regarding getting an early lead, Lundqvist said, “When we get the lead, we know what to do. At times, think we sit back a little too much. At the same time, when we're under pressure, it's not like we're panicking, we still know what we need to do."
With The King's 29 saves tonight, he now has 19,397 saves for the Rangers, eight saves short of Mike Richter’s franchise record for career saves with 19,404 saves. This was also his 742nd game with the Rangers tying Richter’s record for most appearances in a Rangers uniform.
“It's surreal at times, because you grew up watching these guys. But it's been a lot of fun to be part of this franchise. Been lucky to be part of it for so long," Lundqvist mentioned after the game.
The Rangers go to Phoenix on Saturday to play the Arizona Coyotes. The Avalanche have the day off before they go to Philadelphia on Tuesday for a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.