Another Zuccarello Third Period Goal Lifts Rangers Over Red Wings
Mats Zuccarello has scored seven times in the third period this season, but his goal on Thursday night might have been the biggest as it broke up a scoreless duel and gave his New York Rangers a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
After nearly 54 minutes of scoreless hockey, Zuccarello was able to float a change-of-pace shot over the right pad of Detroit's Jimmy Howard. It was the Rangers' 45th shot of the contest, who finished with 46.
"I was passing to [Benoit] Pouliot, and it hit a stick and went in," Zuccarello said. "It was just luck."
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 3rd shutout of the season stopping all 38 of Detroit's shots. The Swede now has 48 career shutouts.
"I knew [Howard] was going to play real well and not give up a lot of goals. I just tried to go in with the approach that maybe one or two goals, that's going to be it tonight," Lundqvist said. "We played so well as a team on both ends. We created a lot of chances, but Jimmy played really well."
The win is the Rangers' fourth in their last six games and brings the club back to .500 at home. They remain third in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 25-21-3.
Up next, the Broadway Blueshirts head north to Ottawa for a Saturday afternoon affair.