The Rangers got 3rd period goals from Kevin Klein, Rick Nash, and Kevin Hayes to spark a come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche, 4-2, as Henrik Lundqvist won his 400th career NHL game.
Lundqvist made 32 saves, including 17 in the 3rd period, and is the 12th goalie in NHL history to record 400 career wins. He is now 8-1-0 in his last nine starts.
Klein – who scored two goals on the night – got the Blueshirts on the board first, with a goal 2:26 into the 1st period. He blasted a shot from just inside the blue line and Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard got a piece of it, but it dribbled in for a goal.
The Avalanche tied it in the closing seconds of the 1st period on a goal from Gabriel Landeskog at 19:44 that made it 1-1. Colorado then took a 2-1 lead early in the 2nd, when John Mitchell scored just 3:01 in. The Blueshirts were near-lifeless in the period, generating little offense and squandering two power play opportunities.
If the 2nd period was a spiritless one for the Rangers, they made up for it in the 3rd. Klein scored his 2nd goal of the game with a blistering slapshot at 2:50 to make it 2-2. Then Nash scored the go-ahead goal at 5:36, deflecting a pass from Derek Stepan past Pickard for his 16th goal of the season to make it 3-2.
Hayes scored an empty-net goal with 1:38 to play for the final 4-2 margin.
The Rangers [now 36-18-1, 73 pts] have won five straight, tied for their longest win streak of the season. They play the Blue Jackets in Columbus Monday night.
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