Saturday, October 26, 2013

Rangers Win for the First Time in Detroit Since 1999



Derick Brassard's breakaway goal (see vid above) at 4:47 of overtime helped the blueshirts fashion a positive ending to what has been a long and grueling season-starting nine-game road trip.

New York wins for the first time in 14 years at the Joe Louis Arena, improving its woeful road record against the Red Wings franchise to 77-166-45-1. More important, the win gives the Rangers two points that they badly needed.

"3-and-6 is a lot better than 2-and-7," defenseman Marc Staal said after the win. "We've got a good feeling going, and we're finally going home, but we have to try to string a few wins together."

The Rangers started the season with the nine-game swing due to renovations to Madison Square Garden, which have been recently completed. New York will meet the Canadiens on Monday in its home opener.

They are currently tied for last in the Metropolitan Division at 3-6.

Detroit, which as only scored five goals in its last four games, split up Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk for the first half of the game in order to spice their anemic offense up. Datsyuk played between Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi, while Zetterberg played between Tomas Tatar and Johan Franzen.

Detroit drops into a tie for fourth at 6-4-2 with the overtime loss.