Girardi Goal Gives Rangers 3-2 Win Over Arizona

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The New York Rangers will be a sore but happy bunch Monday morning.

The Blueshirts blocked 28 shots, and Dan Girardi‘s goal in the early minutes of the 3rd period held up, as the Rangers beat Arizona, 3-2, Sunday night at The Garden. It marked two wins in a row for the Rangers, who beat the Capitals in Washington Saturday, 4-2.

Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves in the win.

Radim Vrbata scored just 33 seconds into the game to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead before most of the fans sat down in their seats. But Josh Jooris tied the game up at the 12:13 mark of the period, taking a great pass from Michael Grabner and slipping the puck past Arizona goaltender Louis Domingue.

J.T. Miller gave the Blueshirts a 2-1 lead 5:45 into the 2nd period. Miller deflected Ryan McDonagh‘s blistering slapshot from just inside the blue line past Domingue for a power play goal. The New York power play was 1-for-2 on the night.

But Vrbata’s 2nd goal of the game, 16:18 into the 2nd, made it 2-2.

In the 3rd, Brady Skjei skated the puck into the Coyotes end and passed the puck off the boards to Girardi, whose slapshot beat Domingue at 1:55 of the 3rd. It was Girardi’s first game and first goal of the season.┬áSunday also marked Oscar Lindberg‘s first game of the season, as the winger returned following recovery from hip surgery.

Chris Kreider missed the game with neck spasms, and was replaced on the team’s top line by Miller.

The Rangers [now 4-2-0, 8 pts] host the Boston Bruins Wednesday night at The Garden.