Less than three minutes into the game, the Red Wings struck first on the scoreboard. Luke Glendening and Joakim Andersson had a 2-on-1 opportunity. Glendening put the puck on net, Antti Raanta made the initial save, but the puck slipped through and Andersson hopped on the puck and put it in the back of the net. The Rangers challenged the play for offsides and the ruling went in their favor as the goal scored by the Wings was waived. Lots of back and forth play occurred after the early excitement. Both teams seemed to be playing things very cautiously. The Wings got a great chance to reclaim the first goal that got taken away. Brad Richards entered the zone along the boards and dished a pass to Darren Helm across the ice, but Helm couldn’t find the back of the net. Marc Staal headed to the box for high-sticking. The man advantage only lasted twenty seconds as Henrik Zetterberg committed a holding penalty. Dan Boyle got the Rangers their first goal of the game during 4-on-4 play.
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The line of Pavel Datsyuk, Richards and Helm had a great first shift of the second period. Richards fed Helm with another great pass and a chance to tie the game up, but Helm again couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Tomas Tatar had a great chance soon after to get a goal for Detroit, but Raanta was there to make the save. Rick Nash headed to the box for tripping. Datsyuk put a puck on net that deflected off Riley Sheahan to give the Red Wings a power play goal and more importantly tie the game up. Kyle Quincey headed to the box for roughing. Not much really went on the rest of the period. The Wings looked much better in the second as they put up 16 shots on goal.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 9, 2016
Dylan Larkin snapped a great pass to Zetterberg near the six minute mark of the third period, but Raanta was there to make a phenomenal save to keep the game knotted at 1 goal apiece. Shortly after that, Tatar sent a great pass to Sheahan in front of the net, but again Raanta made a huge save for the Rangers. Kevin Hayes tipped in the next goal of the game and broke the tie in favor of the Rangers with just over five minutes to play in regulation. The Rangers dished out some great fore-checking that almost led to the 2nd goal of the game for Hayes, but Jimmy Howard was there to make a great save to keep the Wings in the game. Jeff Blashill pulled Howard with just over two and a half to go in the third for an extra attacker, but it was for nothing as Oscar Lindberg got an empty-netter to put New York up by two goals. Howard was pulled again for an extra attacker, but this time the Wings notched a goal courtesy of Justin Abdelkader to get the Wings within one goal late in the period. Detroit got a golden opportunity to tie the game up as two New York penalties ensued and gave them a 6-on-3 advantage. That wouldn’t end up meaning much unfortunately as the Wings fell to the Rangers short by one goal.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 9, 2016
With the Boston loss to Ottawa, the Red Wings still managed to clinch their 25th consecutive playoff berth for the Stanley Cup Playoffs! They’ll be taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round for the second straight year.