The Rangers scored twice in a 21-second span, in the final minute of regulation, to pull off a stirring 3-1 win over Anaheim, Tuesday night at The Garden. Kevin Hayes‘ shorthanded goal with 40 seconds to play broke a 1-1 tie, and Filip Chytil‘s empty-netter with 19 seconds to go iced the win for the Blueshirts.
Vladislav Namestnikov recorded a goal and two assists to lead the Rangers. Alexandar Georgiev was lightly tested, making only 14 saves, but recorded the win.
After a scoreless 1st period, Pontus Aberg gave Anaheim at 1-0 lead, at the 14:09 mark of the 2nd, shooting from behind the net and scoring his 11th goal of the season. The puck deflected in off Mika Zibanejad and past Georgiev.
Midway through the 3rd period, Namestnikov tied the game for the Rangers, taking a pass from Brett Howden and beating Anaheim goalie Chad Johnson at 9:52 to make it 1-1.
For several minutes after the Namestnikov goal, it looks like the Blueshirts would go to overtime for the 3rd straight game, but, with Chytil in the penalty box for a questionable goaltender interference call, Hayes beat johnson for his 9th of the season, off a pass from Namestnikov, a shorthanded goal that dribbled past Johnson and into the net for a 2-1 New York lead.
Then Chytil, having come out of the penalty box, scored an empty-netter at 19:41, off a pass from Namestnikov, for his 6th goal of the season. The goal snapped a ten-game scoring drought for Chytil.
The Rangers [now 15-13-5, 35 pts] play the Maple Leafs in Toronto Saturday night.