Derick Brassard’s breakaway goal in the closing seconds of overtime gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Brassard scored his first of the season with only 12.9 seconds showing on the overtime clock.
Benoit Pouliot had a goal and an assist, while Mats Zuccarello also scored for New York, who rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in the final game of their season-opening, nine-game road trip. Cam Talbot stopped 32 shots while filling in for injured regular Henrik Lundqvist.
The Rangers (3-6), who went to overtime for the first time this season, are to host Montreal at Madison Square Garden today.
Drew Miller and Daniel Alfredsson scored for Detroit, who lost their fourth straight. Jimmy Howard made 37 saves.
Brassard broke the Rangers’ two-game losing streak when picked up a loose puck just inside the blue line and beat Howard between the pads.
Zuccarello tied it at 2-2 by putting in a rebound 2 minutes, 18 seconds into the third for his first goal of the season.
Pouliot had gotten the Rangers even at one-all with a power-play goal with 2 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the second period. He put the puck past Howard during a goal-mouth scramble for his first with New York.
Alfredsson’s power-play goal with 11 seconds left in the second period restored Detroit’s lead at 2-1. He netted his second of the season with a one-timed shot from the right circle.
In Uniondale, New York, Vinny Lecavalier scored three goals in Philadelphia’s biggest offensive outburst of the season, as Steve Mason made 26 saves to lift the Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Jakub Voracek and Matt Read also scored, while former Islanders captain Mark Streit added two assists.
Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen had goals, while Kevin Poulin made 27 saves for the Islanders, who could not build on a come-from-behind win at Pittsburgh on Friday.
In Tampa, Florida, Ondrej Palat and Martin St Louis scored third-period goals to help Tampa Bay rally past Buffalo. After St Louis pulled the Lightning even at 14:09, Palat made it 3-2 from the low slot 1 minute, 46 seconds later.
Tyler Johnson had the other Tampa Bay goal as the Lightning completed a seven-game homestand with a 5-2 record.
In Nashville, Tennessee, Alexander Steen scored two goals to lead the St Louis Blues to a 6-1 win over the Nashville Predators.
In other games on Saturday, Andrew Ladd scored the only goal in a shootout and Ondrej Pavelec made 35 saves as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 2-1, while Antti Niemi made 22 saves and Logan Couture scored twice in the San Jose Sharks’ 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1, the New Jersey Devils edged the Boston Bruins 4-3, the Phoenix Coyotes outpaced the Edmonton Oilers 5-4, the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 and the Calgary Flames won 5-2 to snap the Washington Capital’s three-game winning streak.
Additional reporting by staff writer