Rangers clip Coyotes in overtimeMar 25, 2014 - 3:40 AM
The Rangers tied the game and won it against backup Coyotes goaltender Thomas Greiss after starter Mike Smith suffered an apparent leg injury late in the third period.
McDonagh was all alone in front of Greiss for a rebound off Dan Girardi's slap shot from above the right circle. Girardi had tied the game with 3:28 left in regulation when he deflected McDonagh's point shot.
The victory came after the Rangers celebrated Henrik Lundqvist setting the franchise wins record. It moved them one point ahead of Philadelphia for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Brad Richards and Derick Brassard also scored for New York and Lundqvist made 18 saves.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jeff Halpern and Kyle Chipchura scored for the Coyotes, who have lost two in a row for the first time since a four-game slide that spanned the Olympic break.
"That's a team I know really well and usually when they have a lead they keep the lead," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.
This case was different.
The Coyotes, clinging to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, lost Smith after Brassard fell on top of him the crease.
Brassard was nudged by Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris and Smith's legs bent awkwardly underneath him. The goaltender grabbed his right leg and smacked his blocker against the inside of the net. In obvious pain, he had to be helped off the ice.
The Coyotes did not have an immediate word on his condition other than to say it was a lower-body injury.
"It was a tough situation. I would like to see us be a little tougher in front of him, but it is what it is," said Phoenix coach Dave Tippett.
Smith had 25 saves and Greiss stopped seven. Tippett said Greiss was scheduled to play Tuesday at Pittsburgh anyway and "that won't change."
Richards scored 6:10 into the second period, getting his stick up to deflect a point shot by Carl Hagelin past Smith from in front of the crease.
Brassard tied the score at 2-2 less than five minutes later when he ended up with his own rebound on the low right side and beat Smith on a sharp-angle shot.
But the Coyotes regained the lead at 3-2 when Chipchura threw the puck toward the crease from near the left boards and Rangers winger Chris Kreider deflected it into his own net at 16:51 as he skated near the crease.
The Rangers honored Lundqvist in a pre-game ceremony six days after he set the franchise record for wins with his 302nd, passing Mike Richter.
Lundqvist, known for his guitar chops, received a powder blue Gibson Les Paul Custom from teammates and a mask emblazoned with the number 302.
Then, he gave up two goals in the first 8 minutes and 22 seconds.
Ekman-Larsson beat him with a wrister from the right circle on a power play 4:40 into the game and Halpern scored on a one-timer from the low slot to make it 2-0.
McDonagh had two assists ... In their only other meeting of the season, the Coyotes beat the Rangers 4-1 in both teams' season opener, snapping a three- game losing streak in the series ... Phoenix began a three-game road trip ... The Rangers will play Philadelphia at home on Wednesdays.
- PHOENIX: 3
NEW YORK: 4
Final - OT
Mar 24 9:50 PM
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot blocked by Marc Staal.
Coyotes 3, Rangers 3 OT - 3:19Mar 24 9:50 PM
- NY Rangers Goal - Ryan McDonagh (13), at 1:56.
Coyotes 3, Rangers 4 OT - 3:04Mar 24 9:50 PM
- PHOENIX: 3
NEW YORK: 3
End of Regulation
Mar 24 9:44 PM
- Derek Dorsett tip-in shot on Thomas Greiss.
Coyotes 3, Rangers 3 3rd - 2:00Mar 24 9:42 PM
- Benoit Pouliot slap shot on Thomas Greiss.
Coyotes 3, Rangers 2 3rd - 3:44Mar 24 9:39 PM
- NY Rangers Goal - Dan Girardi (5), from Ryan McDonagh and Benoit Pouliot at 16:32.
Coyotes 3, Rangers 3 3rd - 3:28Mar 24 9:39 PM
- PHOENIX: 3
NEW YORK: 2
End of 2nd
Mar 24 8:49 PM
- Benoit Pouliot slap shot is wide.
Coyotes 3, Rangers 2 2nd - 2:17Mar 24 8:47 PM
- Chris Kreider shot blocked by Zbynek Michalek.
Coyotes 2, Rangers 2 2nd - 3:16Mar 24 8:46 PM
- Phoenix Goal - Kyle Chipchura (3), at 16:51.
Coyotes 3, Rangers 2 2nd - 3:09Mar 24 8:46 PM
- Derek Morris slap shot on Henrik Lundqvist.
Coyotes 2, Rangers 2 2nd - 8:06Mar 24 8:35 PM
- Derick Brassard shot blocked by Chris Summers.
Coyotes 2, Rangers 1 2nd - 9:09Mar 24 8:31 PM
- NY Rangers Goal - Derick Brassard, at 10:53.
Coyotes 2, Rangers 2 2nd - 9:07Mar 24 8:31 PM
- NY Rangers Goal - Brad Richards (17), at 6:10.
Coyotes 2, Rangers 1 2nd - 13:50Mar 24 8:21 PM
- PHOENIX: 2
NEW YORK: 0
End of 1st
Mar 24 7:53 PM
- Phoenix Goal - Jeff Halpern (5), at 8:22.
Coyotes 2, Rangers 0 1st - 11:38Mar 24 7:31 PM
- Phoenix Power-Play Goal - Oliver Ekman-Larsson (13), at 4:40.
Coyotes 1, Rangers 0 1st - 15:20Mar 24 7:23 PM
- PHOENIX: 0
NEW YORK: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Mar 24 7:15 PM
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