There are many moments that will define a season, with .01 seconds remaining Brad Richards helped to etch his name into New York Rangers (18-8-4) lore, with his game-winning goal against the Phoenix Coyotes (16-13-3) by a final of 3-2 in hockey action on Saturday night.
With the Blueshirts tied at two with the Yotes in the third period, the Blueshirts center slid a backhanded shot, capping off a huge two points for New York. For Richards, he has always been known for moments like this.
Moments that will define the caliber of this Blueshirts team as they head into the playoff push. These two points did not come easy though, as untimely penalties almost cost the Rangers the victory.
Starting the scoring for New York, was Marian Gaborik (17) who had a wicked wrister at the 19:09 mark in the first period. Gabby was set-up beautifully on a sweet pass from Michael Del Zotto (13). Phoenix tied the game on a face-off shorthanded shot by Lauri Korpikosi at the 19:51 mark.
Phoenix cashed in on a power play opportunity in the second period, to take a 2-1 lead on a Cal O’Reilly goal with 19:08 on the scoreboard. The Rangers roared back with two unanswered goals in the third period to skate away with two huge points.
Starting the scoring in the frame was Gaborik, who recorded his 300th NHL goal of his fine career. Gabby wristed his milestone goal at the 1:09 mark in the period. The Blueshirts winger is now two assists away from having 600 points.
New York found the game-winning goal when buzzer-beater Brad (17) found that redefining moment to lift the Blueshirts to the victory.
The Rangers will look to continue to build on the positive momentum, as they end the road trip with a visit to the Prudential Center on Tuesday night. New York will take on the Devils on the MSG network, with face-off slated for 7:00 p.m.
Written on December 18, 2011