|Date of game: 11/13/2014
Recap: NY Rangers vs. Colorado
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Tanguay scored the decisive shootout goal as the visiting Colorado Avalanche topped the New York Rangers 4-3 on Thursday night.
Tanguay hit the post late in overtime, but he wasn't denied in the tiebreaker. The third shooter for Colorado, Tanguay faked a shot to get New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist down and roofed the puck.
Semyon Varlamov, who made two saves in the final three seconds of regulation, then stopped Lee Stempniak as Colorado celebrated just its fifth win of the season.
Nathan MacKinnon tied the game with a power-play goal in the third period for the Avalanche, who rebounded from Tuesday's 6-0 road loss to the New York Islanders.
Matt Duchene scored and assisted on Tanguay's goal, while Varlamov finished with 30 saves.
All three Rangers goals came in the second period with Derek Stepan, Dan Girardi and Kevin Hayes each scoring.
Lundqvist made 26 saves for New York, which was coming off an impressive 5-0 home win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The loss was the fifth in the last seven games for the Manhattanites.
New York forward Jesper Fast committed an offensive-zone penalty and the Avalanche capitalized on the ensuing man advantage. MacKinnon, playing in his 100th career game, was in the left circle and looked to send a pass to the front of the net for Duchene. The puck, however, deflected off the stick of Girardi and through the pads of a surprised Lundqvist at 7:54 of the third.
The Rangers drew a slashing penalty on Erik Johnson at 16:49 after sustained pressure in the Colorado end, but couldn't convert on the power play.
Johnson helped out Varlamov in overtime by clearing a puck from the crease after Mats Zuccarello's shot slipped through the Avs netminder.
After allowing 46 shots in the awful performance against the Islanders, Colorado outworked the Rangers in the first period and emerged with a 1-0 lead.
"We had a really good start. I thought we had good jump in the first period and unfortunately for us it was only 1-0," said Colorado head coach Patrick Roy.
Ryan O'Reilly moved the puck to the right point and Tyson Barrie quickly fired a shot that Lundqvist turned aside. Duchene skated around defenseman John Moore to get to the rebound and chipped it home with 4:51 remaining.
New York had come close to scoring the first goal, but Derick Brassard hit the post while on a 2-on-1 with Rick Nash.
"They just got beat pretty badly in their last game, so we knew they were gonna come out hard," said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault.
The Avalanche continued their strong play, building an 18-6 edge in shots early in the second period. Lundqvist made a sprawling save with his right pad on Tanguay to keep the Rangers' deficit at one.
New York tied the game on a delayed penalty a few minutes after the save by Lundqvist. The Rangers maintained possession for an extended amount of time and Hayes wound up scoring on a rebound at the left side of the net at 6:42.
A breakdown in coverage resulted in Colorado regaining the lead. Tanguay was uncovered in front of Lundqvist and directed in Johnson's feed from the right half wall at 11:09 of the second.
The Rangers surged ahead 3-2 when Stepan and Dan Girardi scored their first goals of the season in a span of 1:43 late in the second.
Stepan skated with Nash on an odd-man rush while the teams were playing 4-on-4 and beat Varlamov from the right circle with a wrist shot at 15:19.
After a brief New York power play expired, Girardi had inside position on defenseman Zach Redmond down low and knocked a Zuccarello pass behind Varlamov at 17:02.Game Notes
The Avalanche improved to 15-4-0 in the last 19 meetings with the Rangers ...
New York defenseman Dan Boyle played 22:14 in his first action since breaking
his hand in the season opener against St. Louis on Oct. 9 ... New York forward
Carl Hagelin appeared in his 200th career game ... Veteran forward Daniel
Briere returned to the Colorado lineup for the first time since Oct. 28 after
being a healthy scratch in seven straight games ... The Avalanche conclude
their four-game road trip in New Jersey on Saturday.