The New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild played a game with a final score that resembled more a Yankees-Twins game played in The Bronx.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, it was they who were charged with the L, falling for the second consecutive game in a 7-4 final. It is the first time the Rangers have dropped consecutive games in regulation this season.
The game started inconspicuously enough, with the Rangers (23-12-1) taking a 1-0 lead on Chris Kreider‘s 10th goal of the year. Mikael Granlund would tie for the wild before the period let out, but with the shots at 9 apiece, a competitive game seemed to be in store for the faithful gathered at Madison Square Garden.
Then came the second period.
The Rangers let up two goals in the opening minute of the middle frame, each within 18 seconds. Mikko Koivu talled the first before Nino Niederreiter earned the other, the latter goal assisted by ex-Ranger and reigning NHL Star of the Week Eric Staal. Ryan McDonagh cut the lead to 3-2 with a goal of his own, but Marco Scandella would jack the lead back up by scoring his first goal of the season, one that would eventually chase Henrik Lundqvist, who let in the quartet on 13 shots. Antti Raanta fared no better, allowing Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba to score, the latter on the power play, helping the Wild (21-8-4) capture their franchise record 10th consecutive win.
The Rangers were able to make it slightly respectable by outshooting Minnesota 12-1 in the final frame, and tally goals by Derek Stepan at the end of the second and Chris Kreider in the early stages of the third, but were unable able to press further. Charlie Coyle, who earned assists on three of the prior Wild goals, put in an empty netter to cap things off.
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