Klein Goal Lifts Rangers to OT Win

Down 3-1 to the Devils in the 3rd period last night, it felt like it wasn’t going to be New York’s night. But the Rangers picked themselves off the mat, so to speak, and rallied for a 4-3 overtime win across the Hudson in Newark. Kevin Klein‘s goal, off a beautiful pass from Chris Krieder, was the game-winner. ┬áIt was New York’s third straight win, and pushed them above .500 for the first time in nearly two weeks.

The Rangers got on the board in the 1st period on a goal from Kreider; Amazingly, it was the team’s first power-play goal of the year, after an 0-for-17 start in the first six games. The Devils tied it later in the 1st on a power-play goal by the ageless, 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr.

The Devils added two more power-play goals [Adam Henrique in the 2nd, Jon Merrill in the 3rd] to make it 3-1. Chris Mueller cut the score to 3-2 on another power-play goal [five power-play goals in this game!], and Rick Nash tied the score at 14:32 on a backhander in front of the net. It was Nash’s NHL-leading 8th goal of the season; he didn’t score his 8th goal last season until January 6th. NHL Player of the Month for October, anyone?

Henrik Lunqvist got the win in net for the Rangers, stopping 28 of 31 shots.

The Rangers are off until Saturday, when they take the ice in Montreal against the Canadiens.