Rangers Survive Against Kings

The New York Rangers hosted the Los Angeles Kings in New York City last night. The Rangers were coming off a tough loss to the Quebec Nordiques and the Kings have yet to win a game. Easy to see how the Rangers’ players were feeling the pressure. No team wants to be the first win for another club at this point in the season.

1st Period Recap:

A mild period by all accounts. The Rangers outshot the Kings 8-7 and each team scored once. The Kings jumped out early with a power play goal from Joey Kocur (2). The Rangers didn’t let this goal rattle them and were able to tie the game with a Rob Ray (3) goal just 3 minutes later.

2nd Period Recap:

This is when the fireworks starting going off. The Kings scored 35 seconds into the period on an Ed Kastelic (6) wrist shot. The Rangers found a rhythm after this Kings goal as they scored 4 minutes later, and then 4 minutes after that goal, and then 4 minutes after that goal. Vyacheslav Kozlov (2), Dave McLlwain (4), and Mikael Andersson (2) were the three Rangers to score 4 minutes apart. The Kings would answer back almost 2 minutes later with goald from Marc Habscheid (4) and John Morris (1). Ray decided he wasn’t done and notched his 4th goal of the season, 2nd of the game, with just under 4 minutes left in the period. The 2nd period saw 7 goals in all and the Rangers took a 5-4 lead into the final frame.

3rd Period Recap:

Shawn Anderson and Benoit Hogue each scored their 1st goal of the season to start the 3rd period, and it was just a bit too much for the Kings to overcome. Ulf Samuelsson (1) and Brad Jones (2) each scored in an effort to bring the Kings back, but it was just not enough as the Rangers grabbed the win by a final of 7-6.

Stars:

1 – Benoit Hogue: 1 G, 2 A, +3, 1 Hit

2 – Rob Ray: 2 G, +3

3 – Ed Kastelic: 1 G, 2 A, +2, 2 Hits