01/28 22:10 CST Wild edge Rangers 3-2 to spoil Lundqvist jersey retirement
Wild edge Rangers 3-2 to spoil Lundqvist jersey retirement
By ALLAN KREDA
NEW YORK (AP) --- Frederick Gaudreau scored the tiebreaking goal early in the
third period and the Minnesota WIld beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Friday night
following the jersey retirement ceremony for Henrik Lundqvist.
Kevin Fiala and Mats Zuccarella --- a former Ranger --- each had a goal and an
assist to extend their point streaks to 10 games, and Cam Talbot --- a backup
to Lundqvist for two seasons --- stopped 25 shots for the Wild. Minnesota won
for the seventh time in eight games (7-0-1).
Chris Kreider got his NHL-leading 31st goal and Barclay Goodrow also scored for
New York, which led 2-0 after one period. Igor Shesterkin had 31 saves. The
Rangers have lost two straight after winning nine of 12.
On the go-ahead goal, Gaudreau's shot eluded Shesterkin at the 1:49 mark of the
third for his third goal of the season.
The Rangers had a possible tying goal with 1.9 seconds left waved off because
of goaltender interference.
The Rangers, who entered the contest with a five-game winning home streak,
initially rose to the occasion following the stirring pregame ceremony for
Lundqvist, their franchise goalie who had his No. 30 raised to the Garden
rafters before a raucous sellout crowd of 18,006.
Goodrow opened the scoring for the Rangers at 8:47 of the first period with his
10th goal of the season. Jacob Trouba and Ryan Strome assisted.
Kreider made it 2-0 with 2:52 remaining in the opening period after Talbot
fumbled the puck in the crease and Kreider nudged it past him. Trouba and Mika
Zibanejad assisted. Zibanejad has points in 10 of his last 11 contests.
The Rangers outshot the Wild 12-5 in the first.
The Wild then dominated the second, outshooting the Rangers 19-7 and scoring
twice to tie the game.
Fiala narrowed the deficit at 12:18 of the middle period, scoring his 12th goal
of the season before Zuccarello knotted the contest 89 seconds later with a
The tying goal was the 13th of the season for Zuccarello, a fan favorite during
his nine seasons in New York. Assists went to Kirill Kaprisov and Matt Boldy.
The 34-year-old Zuccarello has five goals and 13 assists during his points
streak while Fiala has eight goals and five assists.
The teams were meeting for first time since Feb. 13, 2020, a 4-3 Rangers
shootout win at Minnesota. The Wild's previous visit to New York was Nov. 25,
2019, a 3-2 win at MSG.
The Rangers, who were coming off a 5-3 loss at Columbus on Thursday, still have
points in 15 of 19 home games this season. They will host Seattle and Florida
before the All-Star break.
Lundqvist became the 11th Ranger to have his jersey number retired. He played
for the Blueshirts for 15 seasons (2005-06 - 2019-20), appearing in 887 games
and accumulating 459 wins with 64 shutouts. He has more than 50 team records,
including wins, appearances by a goaltender and shutouts. Lundqvist joined Rod
Gilbert (7), Ed Giacomin (1), Mike Richter (35), Mark Messier (11), Brian
Leetch (2), Adam Graves (9), Andy Bathgate (9), Harry Howell (3), Jean Ratelle
(19), and Vic Hadfield (11) as Rangers whose jersey numbers have been retired
by the organization.
Zuccarello returned for the second time since his trade from the Rangers to
Dallas in February 2019. Zuccarello was serenaded with choruses of "Zuuucc"
every time he was shown on the giant screen above the ice. A close friend of
Lundqvist, Zuccarello received loud applause as he took part in the pregame
face-off with Zibanejad as Lundqvist, his wife and two daughters were at center
ice for the drop.
NOTES: The teams meet again March 8 in Minnesota. ... The Rangers were without
D Adam Fox for the first time this season. Fox, who leads the Rangers with 40
assists, was placed on injured reserve with an upper body injury after he was
hurt Thursday night against Columbus. ... The Rangers scratched D Nils
Lundkvist, F Filip Cytil and F Tim Gettinger. ... The Wild scratched F Nico
Sturm and F Nick Bjugstad.
Rangers: Host Seattle on Sunday.
Wild: Visit the New York Islanders on Sunday night.