Kreider scores twice in the third period in the Rangers’ win over the Kings
THE ANGELS — Chris Kreider scored twice in the third period, and the New York Rangers posted their first multi-goal comeback of the season in a 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Crypto.com Arena on Tuesday.
“For us to regroup and come back and put our foot on the gas, that’s definitely a good sign,” Kreider said.
Alexis Lafreniere, Philip Chytil i Adam Fox each had two assists for the Rangers (10-6-4), who are 2-0-1 on their road trip, which concludes Wednesday at the Anaheim Ducks.
Igor Shesterkin he made 35 saves and is 4-0-1 in his last five starts.
“We just stick with it and know that if we play the right way, we’re going to be successful,” the New York defenseman said. Ryan Lindgren said
Kevin Fiala had one goal and two assists, Gabriel Vilardi scored his NHL-best 11th goal of the season, and Cal Petersen made 20 saves for the Kings (11-9-2), who ended their five-game winning streak at home.
“Our game tonight matched our year where we’ve been inconsistent,” Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. “We’re up and down, whether it’s within a game, whether it’s two-game segments, one-game segments, back-to-back. We’re still looking for that. [consistency].”
Kreider beat the Kings defense Mikey Anderson on a layup and sent a wrist shot past Petersen at the near post to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead at 7:06 of the third.
Credited Kreider Mika Zibanejad to set up his winning goal with more than the pass.
“It’s something he mentioned a little bit earlier, if you’re going down the strong side, sometimes there’s room in the short tube, so I just tried to put it in there and there was room on the short side,” Kreider said. “Well, good coaching by Mika and good play by Mika.”
McLellan said Petersen “has to make that save,” in contrast to the diving stop he made to put Kaapo Kakoshot before the post Sean Walker tied it 3-3 at 6:12 of the third on a wrist shot from the high slot.
“Sometimes it’s what you need and not every one you’ve made that makes the difference in the game, and we needed that,” McLellan said.
Kreider scored an empty net goal with 50 seconds left to make it 5-3.
Braden Schneider started the comeback at 2:22 of the second period with a river shot through traffic from the right point to put New York up 2-1. It was his first goal since March 29.
Vincent Trocheck tied it 2-2 at 12:01 when the puck ripped badly over Petersen after Trocheck’s stick and the Kings defenseman’s stick. Drew Doughty they gathered in the right facing circle.
Kakko put the Rangers up 3-2 at 18:44, scoring from the top of the crease with Shesterkin out for an extra attacker during a delayed penalty.
“We started playing our game, and that’s what we can do,” Kakko said.
Fiala gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead 35 seconds into the first period.
Vilardi scored on the power play to make it 2-0 at 6:01, tipping Fiala’s pass to the far post. It was his 11th goal in 22 games, breaking his previous NHL best of 10 goals in 54 games in 2020-21.
“Leading like that, 2-0 in the first, we’ve got to find ways to keep going, you know,” Fiala said. “It’s no reason to slow down.”
NOTES: It was Kreider’s 36th game-winning goal, passing Steve Vickers and tying Adam Graves for seventh in Rangers history. Brian Leetch (37) is sixth. … Fox extended his point streak to nine games (four goals, 10 assists). It is the second-longest point streak of Fox’s NHL career; had at least one point in 12 consecutive games from March 17 to April 8, 2021. … New York was 0-4-2 when trailing in the first period. … Center of the kings Anze Kopitar had two assists for his 266th NHL multi-point game. … Walker’s goal was his first since May 13, 2021.
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