Ryan McDonagh scored a pair of goals, and Derek Stepan scored for the first time in 24 games, as the Rangers beat the Red Wings, 4-1, Sunday night in Detroit. The win was the team’s 25th road win of the season.
Antti Raanta, starting in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist, made 23 saves for his 14th win of the season
McDonagh got the Blueshirts on the board late in the 1st, scoring a shorthanded goal with 27 seconds to play in the period to make it 1-0 New York. McDonagh deflected a backhand pass from Kevin Hayes past Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek.
Frans Nielsen tied the game for Detroit with a power play goal 5:35 into the 2nd period, off some terrific passing by the Red Wings. But the Rangers would score two goals in a 37 second span later in the period to make it 3-1. McDonagh, in a wild scramble in front of the Red Wings’ net, put a rebound in for a goal at 16:50 and a 2-1 lead. Then, moments later, Hayes scored off a great pass from J.T. Miller at 17:27 to make it 3-1.
Stepan’s tally, a power play goal with 3:59 to play in the game, was his first goal since January 17th against Dallas.
The Rangers [now 44-23-2, 90 pts] host the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday night at The Garden.