The Rangers dug themselves a 2-0 hole in the 1st period, giving up two goals in a 27-second span, but rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, Friday night at The Garden. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 44 of 46 shots to get the win.
St. Louis came into the game hoping to win and clinch a playoff spot. And after Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored to make it 2-0 Blues, it looked like it might be a long night for the Blueshirts. A goal by Mika Zibanejad late in the 1st period was overturned, after a video review, on a goaltender interference call.
But the Rangers started to score goals that counted in the 2nd. Ryan Strome‘s goal 2:22 into the period made it 2-1, and Pavel Buchnevich continued his hot play of late, tying the game, 2-2, at the 3:42 mark, converting a nice pass from Zibanejad. It was Buchnevich’s 19th goal of the season.
In the 3rd, Jimmy Vesey scored at 5:47 to give the Blueshirts a 3-2 lead, putting the rebound of a Brett Howden shot past St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington. The game remained 3-2 until Chris Kreider scored an empty-netter with 7.2 seconds to play, for the final 4-2 margin.
Buchnevich had a goal and an assist to lead the Rangers.
The Rangers [now 30-34-13, 73 pts] have five games remaining in the 2019-20 season. They play the Flyers in Philadelphia Sunday.