It had been another slog, another coin flip, and this one was slipping away with every missed opportunity. But the Rangers are starting to look like one of those teams of destiny around here, like the Giants in the winter, which just won’t lose whenever the stakes grow high enough. The Rangers aren’t just good anymore, they’re downright blessed.
They were hopelessly behind in the third period, 2-1, with fewer than seven seconds left dangling on the clock. They hadn’t scored, or managed a single shot on goal, on their previous three power plays.
Then on a 6-on-4, Brad Richards wins a big faceoff, shoves the puck past Braden Holtby in a scramble with 6.6 seconds left in the third period. Marc Staal finishes the job just 1:35 into the first overtime on a slapper from the point. Two power play goals arrive out of nowhere – from the bones of sheer, constructive, desperation.
“You’re just whacking and hacking and trying to stay on your feet,” Richards said of his tying goal. “I had no idea how much time was left. That’s why we play for 60 minutes.”