The New York Rangers (0-1-0) fell to the Los Angeles Kings (1-0-0) in an overtime thriller in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday afternoon hockey action. New York played well in the second half of the game, but an unfortunate penalty cost the Blueshirts the game.
Jack Johnson got the game-winning goal on the power play in overtime to help propel the Kings to the first regular season victory. Mike Richards tallied two points (1G, 1A) in his first game with Los Angeles.
New York seemed sluggish in the first period of play, as the Rangers weren’t able to record their first shot on goal until around the 15 minute marker in the second period. Getting the Blueshirts on the board for the first time this season was Captain Callahan.
Ryan Callahan, who was christened with the Captains ’C’ earlier on this year, scored the first goal, on an amazing shot to tie the game a 1 at the 15:22 mark. Helping out on the goal was Artem Anisimov and Ruslan Fedotenko, who recorded their first points for the Blueshirts.
The Rangers ruled the second period of play, as New York really picked up their steam, forecheck and physical play. Brendon Prust dropped the gloves for the first time at the 17:36 mark, as the forward exchanged blows with Kyle Clifford.
Marian Gaborik gave New York the brief 2-1 lead at the 10:28 mark, as ‘Gabby’ netted his first wrister of the season with the assists coming from Brad Richards and Brandon Dubinsky. The Kings’ countered when Mike Richards tallied his first goal for Los Angeles at the 15:01 mark.
These two teams needed the overtime frame to decide the thriller, and it was the Kings coming out on top, as Johnson scored the game-winner.
Playing in front of his hometown crowd Rangers cager Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant making 27 stops. The ‘King’ stood on his head throughout the game making several key saves during the course of the game.
Also having impressive games for New York were Artem Anisimov, who made a beauty of a move during the course of the game. Dan Girardi had a solid game on the blue line making two saves and blocking two shots.
Michael Del Zotto and Mike Sauer also had impressive games finishing with a plus one rating. Del Zotto really shined as he seemed to have gained confidence in his own zone, since his last stint with the Blueshirts.
New York will conclude their European Tour, with a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Face- off is slated for 1:00 p.m. with the game scheduled to air on the MSG Networks.
Twittering for a cause: During the course of the game both the Rangers and the Kings were having a Hastag battle on Twitter. With both teams looking to raise funds for their respective charities, Los Angeles out tweeted the Blueshirts fans by a total of 855-459.
Written on October 7, 2011