Red Wings top Rangers 2-1 behind Howard's 32 saves
Oct 20 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Speed can kill, but in the National Hockey League, you simply have to finish.
The Rangers will look for their first winning streak of the young season tonight when the Detroit Red Wings visit Madison Square Garden at 8 pm. The Rangers outshot Detroit 33-18 for the game and Howard had to make highlight reel stops to keep the Wings in the game.
"They have a unsafe power play and they have some guys up front and on the backend that can push the pace and you don't want to be on the wrong side of them", said defenseman Kevin Klein, who made his season debut after dealing with some back spasms.
A power play materialized 11 seconds into the second period, but it was Michael Grabner who had the best chance when he sped off on a breakaway; Howard came through with a left pad save. "We had enough chances to get probably four goals".
Toronto led 4-0 early in the second period on two goals from Nazem Kadri and one each from Connor Carrick and William Nylander.
The Rangers didn't let off the gas, and would finish the first 20 minutes having out-attempted the Red Wings, 25-15. Mats Zuccarello knocked the puck away from Xavier Oulette near the blueline, and fed Kevin Hayes on the resulting 2 on 1, but Hayes missed wide right with Howard woefully out of position. Howard finished with 32 saves to Lundqvist's 16.
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The Red Wings allowed several shorthanded breakaways on their first power-play of the second period, but were bailed out by Howard. They again looked quick from end to end, holding the play for nearly all of the first two periods - yet could never get more than 1-0 lead while limiting the Red Wings' chances.
It wasn't a good game but a win is a win.
No Red Wings were in sight at 2:57 of the second when Rick Nash was denied by Howard, who then stopped a Zuccarello follow-up out of the penalty box.
A second straight power play did the magic: Nielsen shot through traffic, and Vanek got the tip for his third goal of the season. The Rangers just couldn't connect again with Brendan Smith off for holding Kreider driving to the net at 13:54, making them 0-for-3.
Before long the Rangers had yet another opportunity to forge ahead.
Glendening's hook triggered a 5-on-3 for 55 seconds, but to no avail.