Rangers Stage Scoring Blizzard In Comeback Win

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Snow fell for a majority of the day in the New York City area. But inside the cool confines of Madison Square Garden, the only thing that fell was a Nashville Predators lead.

The New York Rangers scored two goals in the second and third periods, erasing a 2-0 deficit in what eventually became a 4-3 victory over the Predators. The victory allowed the Rangers to sweep the season set with Nashville, doing so for the first time since 2012, when they only met once.

To earn their fourth consecutive win, the Rangers (35-18-1) work their way back when Nashville scored a goal in each of the first two periods. Cody McLeod, a midseason acquisition, scored his third goal in 12 games with Nashville late in the first period to give them a 1-0 lead after one, before Calle Jarnkrok scored 12 seconds into a power play drawn when Ryan McDonagh was called for slashing.

Nashville (26-20-8) got to enjoy a few more minutes of sunshine before the Rangers began a blue blizzard of their own, one that included a little history.

The barrage started when Michael Grabner cut the lead in half to 2-1, good for his 26th goal of the season. With the tally, the first-year Ranger, who has four goals in his past three games and five over his past five, trails only Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin in goals. Before the period let out, JT Miller extended a points streak to five games, scoring the first goal of that stretch with just over five minutes remaining.

History was made in early portions of the third period, as Chris Kreider carried on a five-game point streak of his own, giving the Rangers the lead for good with a goal with 14:24 to go. The 22nd personal tally of the season, Kreider broke career high set each of the past two seasons. With exactly four minutes remaining, Miller added another, off assists from Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Hayes for a 4-2 lead. Roman Josi would add a late power play goal to narrow the gap, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback, as the Rangers captured their fourth consecutive victory.

On another historic note, Henrik Lundqvist, who made 34 saves earned his 399th win. With one more, he’ll become the 12th goalie in NHL history to tally 400 wins.

Geoff Magliocchett is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490


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