Rangers Sing a Joyful Tune in 2-1 comeback victory over Nashville
New York, NY - The New York Rangers (14-10-1) had a huge comeback victory in Music City over the Nashville Predators (9-8-5) by the score of 2-1 in hockey action on Saturday night. The Rangers would need the shootout frame to complete what was a thrilling comeback victory in what was a long road trip.
For New York they were missing winger Marian Gaborik due to the flu, but had the return of blue liner Michal Rozsival. The action for both squads who were playing back-to-back games were high energy and hard hitting right from the first minutes of play.
Nashville got the action going early gaining the offensive momentum and pressure early, eventually getting the first goal of the game as Colin Wilson let off a wicked snap shot at the 5:10 mark of the first period to give the Predators the early 1-0 lead.
It had seemed as if Erik Christensen was able to tie the game for the Rangers with 11:02 left on the scoreboard, but the officials ruled the goal off the board due to Christensen making a kicking motion of the puck. New York continued their offensive flurry, but each shot was stopped by Nashville keeper Pekka Rinne who finished the night with 23 saves.
The Predators tried to add on to their lead as Shea Weber let off a wicked shot with 6:30 remaining on the scoreboard. Weber’s shot went through a bevy of players before it was stopped by Rangers keeper Henrik Lundqvist who finished the night with 29 saves.
Eventually the tune of the game turned into the sound of fighting as Sean Avery and Jordin Tootoo dropped gloves and started laying down some good rights and lefts. A few minutes after that Brandon Prust and Shane O’Brien dropped gloves to continue a extremely physical first period of play.
As the start of the second period started to tick off the Rangers and the Predators continued their physical play and hard hits. Both teams had to kill the others power play as both offenses had good opportunities. One of the better ones was when the Rangers displayed some nice passing, the puck eventually got to Christensen who tried to shoot the puck but it was stuffed by Rinne. Neither team could convert on their offensive opportunities as the Predators still held on to the 1-0 lead.
New York finally got on the board to tie the game at the 13:04 mark of the third period as Ryan Callahan netted home a wrist shot which tied the two teams at 1-1. The Rangers were able to cash in on the game-tying goal thanks to persistent play and many second chance opportunities, Callahan eventually got the puck and netted home that game-tying goal.
After non-stop action by both squads neither team was able to get on the board to get the game-winner and would need the shootout frame to decide the winner.
The Rangers were able to take their first shot in the shootout frame as they sent out Christensen, who made a nice fake for the first Rangers goal. Eventually the game was on the stick of Nashville’s Martin Erat who tried to make a nice move on Lundqvist, but the keeper was king for the second night in a row making the juggling glove save for the victory.
Next game for the NYR they return home to Madison Square Garden to host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins for a Monday night 7:00 p.m. face-off. The good news for Rangers fans is that they can expect Gaborik to return for Monday night’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins