The Rangers scored four goals in the 3rd period, breaking open a close game, and went on to beat the Canucks, 7-2, Tuesday night in Vancouver. J.T. Miller and Kevin Hayes each scored two goals, and Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists.
Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves, including 17 in a frenetic 1st period, for his 9th win of the season.
The Blueshirts have won three in a row, 8 of 9 games, and 11 of 13. Vancouver had beaten the Rangers, 5-3, November 8th at The Garden.
Miller got the Rangers on the board late in the 1st period, scoring his 6th goal of the season at 18:42 to make it 1-0. Miller deflected Zuccarello’s pass with the heel of his stick and past Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom.
In the 2nd, goals by Hayes [at 9:08] and Brandon Pirri [a power play goal at 14:38] stretched the New York lead to 3-0, before a goal by Brandon Sutter with just 41 seconds to go in the period made it 3-1.
The Rangers kicked their offense into high gear in the 3rd period. Goals by Hayes and Miller 42 seconds apart made it 5-1. Markus Granlund‘s goal at 13:26 cut it to 5-2, but a goal by Zuccarello at 15:02 [off a perfect cross-ice pass from Nick Holden, right to the tape of Zuccarello’s stick] made it 6-2.
Holden closed out the scoring at 18:04 with a power play goal, his 2nd goal of the season.
The Rangers [now 13-4-0, 26 pts] finish up their four-game road trip Friday night in Columbus.