Kreider scores twice in third period in Rangers win against Kings

LOS ANGELES — Chris Kreider scored twice in the third period, and the New York Rangers staged their first multigoal comeback of the season in a 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Arena on Tuesday.

“For us to sort of regroup and are available again and put our foot on the fuel, that is positively a very good signal,” Kreider mentioned.

Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil and Adam Fox every had two assists for the Rangers (10-6-4), who’re 2-0-1 on their highway journey, which concludes Wednesday on the Anaheim Ducks.

Igor Shesterkin made 35 saves and is 4-0-1 in his previous 5 begins.

“We’re simply sticking to it and simply realizing that if we play the suitable method, we will have success,” New York defenseman Ryan Lindgren mentioned.

Video: NYR@LAK: Kakko grabs the lead on a delayed penalty

Kevin Fiala had a objective and two assists, Gabriel Vilardi scored his NHL career-best eleventh objective of the season, and Cal Petersen made 20 saves for the Kings (11-9-2), who ended their five-game residence successful streak.

“Our sport tonight has matched our yr, the place we’re inconsistent,” Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan mentioned. “We’re up and down, whether or not it is inside a sport, whether or not it is two-game segments, one-game segments, again to backs. We’re nonetheless looking for that [consistency].”

Kreider beat Kings defenseman Mikey Anderson to a dump-in and despatched a wrist shot previous Petersen on the close to put up to provide the Rangers a 4-3 lead at 7:06 of the third.

Kreider credited Mika Zibanejad for establishing his game-winning objective with extra than simply the move.

“It’s one thing that he talked about a bit earlier, should you’re coming down the sturdy facet that typically there’s house on the quick pipe, so I simply tried to place it there and there was house on the quick facet,” Kreider mentioned. “So, good teaching by Mika and a very good play by Mika.”

Video: NYR@LAK: Kreider reveals off pace to take the lead

McLellan mentioned Petersen “has to make that save,” contrasting it to the diving save he made to place Kaapo Kakko‘s shot off the put up earlier than Sean Walker tied it 3-3 at 6:12 of the third on a wrist shot from the excessive slot.

“Sometimes it is the one that you simply want moderately than all those you’ve got made that makes a distinction in the sport, and we wanted that one,” McLellan mentioned.

Kreider scored an empty-net objective with 50 seconds left for the 5-3 last.

Braden Schneider began the comeback at 2:22 of the second period with a fluttering shot via visitors from the suitable level to deliver New York inside 2-1. It was his first objective since March 29.

Vincent Trocheck tied it 2-2 at 12:01 when the puck awkwardly chipped over Petersen after Trocheck’s stick and that of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty got here collectively in the suitable face-off circle.

Video: NYR@LAK: Trocheck sees the puck deflect up and in

Kakko put the Rangers up 3-2 at 18:44, scoring from the highest of the crease with Shesterkin off for an additional attacker throughout a delayed penalty.

“Started taking part in our sport, and that is what we will do,” Kakko mentioned.

Fiala gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead 35 seconds into the primary period.

Vilardi scored on the ability play to make it 2-0 at 6:01, tipping in Fiala’s move on the far put up. It was his eleventh objective in 22 video games, breaking his earlier NHL better of 10 targets in 54 video games in 2020-21.

“Going in with the lead like that, 2-0 in the primary, we have to seek out methods to only preserve going, you understand,” Fiala mentioned. “It’s no purpose to step off the fuel.”

Notes: It was Kreider’s thirty sixth game-winning objective, passing Steve Vickers and tying Adam Graves for seventh in Rangers historical past. Brian Leitch (37) is sixth. … Fox prolonged his level streak to 9 video games (4 targets, 10 assists). It is the second-longest level streak of Fox’s NHL profession; he had not less than one level in 12 straight video games from March 17-April 8, 2021. … New York was 0-4-2 when trailing after the primary period. … Kings heart Anze Kopitar had two assists for his 266th NHL multipoint sport. … Walker’s objective was his first since May 13, 2021.


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