The Rangers mounted a furious 3rd period comeback Saturday night to dig out of a three-goal deficit, but wound up losing to the Flames in Calgary in overtime, 5-4, on a goal by T.J. Brodie. The loss extended the Blueshirts’ slump in recent weeks; the team has lost three straight, 5 of the last 6, and is now 2-6-2 in its last ten games.
Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and an assist to lead Calgary. J.T. Miller and Dan Boyle each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers.
New York took a 1-0 lead midway through the 1st period when Miller took a perfect cross-ice pass from Viktor Stalberg and scored at 10:56, his 5th goal of the season.
The one-goal lead looked like it would hold up through the 2nd period, until the Flames scored two goals in 17 seconds at the end of the period to take a 2-1 lead. Gaudreau intercepted a Keith Yandle pass and fired the puck past Antti Raanta at 17:41 to make it 1-1. And Mason Raymond‘s goal at 17:28 of the period made it 2-1.
The Flames got goals from Goudreau and Joe Colborne early in the 3rd period to make it 4-1 lead, before the Rangers rallied. Tanner Glass scored his first goal of the season at 5:13 to make it 4-2. Boyle’s goal at 15:06 made it 4-3. And Mats Zuccarello scored a powerplay goal at 18:48 to cap off the comeback and tie the score 4-4.
In overtime, though, Brodie took a pass from Kris Russell, streaked up ice with the puck and sent a wrist shot past Raanta for the game-winner at 2:09.
The Rangers [now 18-9-4, 40 pts] head home after being swept on their three-game Western road trip. They host the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night at The Garden.