The Rangers have enough speed and skill up front that they have the potential to score goals by the handful, as they did Monday night at the Garden. And they needed every last one of them.
After letting a three-goal lead get cut to one, Mats Zuccarello’s empty-netter with 1:36 left in the third finished off a 7-4 victory over the Western Conference champion Sharks. Michael Grabner added another empty-netter for good measure with 6.8 seconds left.
The Blueshirts (2-1) led 3-1 after two periods and were up by three at 12:37 of the third when rookie Jimmy Vesey scored his first career goal 21 seconds after his youth teammate Kevin Hayes scored. But San Jose cut its lead to one with 4:29 left, creating an anxious few minutes before Zuccarello’s tally.
Chris Kreider continued his blistering start to the season, registering a goal and assist for the third straight game. Kreider is the first Ranger to record six points in the team’s first three games of the season since Brian Leetch in 1992. His three-game goal streak is a career-high, and he’s tied a career-high with a three-game assist streak.
Rick Nash put the puck past Martin Jones to give the Rangers the lead in the second period.
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From the right side of the defensive zone near the blue line, Ryan McDonagh’s cross-ice pass found a streaking Kreider up the left wing, and Kreider sniped from the left circle off Sharks goalie Martin Jones’ right shoulder and in.
McDonagh finished with two assists as he set up Rick Nash’s go-ahead goal, Nash’s first of the season, at 4:15 of the second, firing a puck off the end boards before Nash buried the ricochet at the right post.
Marc Staal put the Rangers up 1-0 at 12:06 of the first before Logan Couture tied the game with a 5-on-3 goal at 19:02.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News