New York Rangers: Comeback Kids

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In their past two games, the New York Rangers have pulled off incredible comebacks.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, they were able to come back from being down 2-1 at the start of the 3rd period to win 4-3 in overtime against the New Jersey Devils.

With 28 seconds left in regulation, Rick Nash netted his then-league-leading eighth goal of the season. Yes, this is the same Nash who had a total of ten points in 25 playoff games last season with none of them coming in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Just under 3 minutes into the overtime period, Kevin Klein netted his first goal as a Ranger — in his second season with the team — to seal the win.

This game also featured the team’s first two power play goals of the season, with the first coming from Chris Kreider and the second from Chris Mueller. However, the penalty kill was not as strong with all three of the Devils’ goals coming on their man advantage.

Nash has yet to cool off. He’s tied for the league-high of nine goals with Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks, who has played one more game.

This coveted ninth goal came on Monday in the Rangers’ game against the Minnesota Wild. While this was the second goal of the game scored by the Rangers, it played a huge role in the team’s 5-4 win. The Wild led the game 3-0 at the start of the 3rd period.

The goal that tied this game was scored by top rookie prospect Anthony Duclair. It was the first of his NHL  career but, based on his abilities, won’t be the last.

Mats Zuccarello picked up his first goal of the season when he scored the eventual game-winner with just over 3 minutes in regulation.

Klein and Derick Brassard also scored in this victory.

However, the game against Minnesota resulted in one major negative for the Rangers — they will be without defenseman John Moore for five games after an illegal hit to the head of forward Erik Haula. This hit was very similar to the one on Montreal Canadien forward Dale Weise last season in the Eastern Conference Finals. That hit cost Moore two games, but only happened 12 games ago. While Moore is a third-pair defenseman, this does leave the Rangers with a spot to fill before their next game, which is on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden.

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