Rick Nash‘s unassisted goal with 3:27 to play gave the Rangers a late lead, sparking them to a hard-fought 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings Friday night at The Garden. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Blueshirts. It was their 13th home win of the season, tied for tops in the NHL.
Nash, who hustled up and down the ice all night, stole Christian Folin‘s pass along the boards, skated in, and beat Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot to Quick’s stick side to make it 3-2 at 16:33 of the period.
Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for his 15th win of the season, out-duelling Quick.
Chris Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead midway through the 1st period, with a power play goal at 10:23. The Kings answered early in the 2nd period when former Ranger Marian Gaborik beat Lundqvist at 3:46 to make it 1-1. Friday was Gaborik’s 1,000th career NHL game.
Kevin Hayes made it 2-1 New York at the 14:43 mark of the 2nd, off a pass from Ryan McDonagh.
Torrey Mitchell tied the game, 2-2, 7:59 into the 3rd period, putting a rebound in for a goal, setting the stage for Nash’s heroics.
J.T. Miller scored an empty-net goal with 54 seconds to play for the final 4-2 margin.
Gaborik finished with a goal and an assist. Jussi Jokinen had 2 assists.
The Rangers [now 17-12-3, 37 pts] are right back at it Saturday, when they play the Bruins in Boston.