Tuch scores OT game-winner, Golden Knights top Rangers 4-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Tuch buried a sharp-angled shot just over two minutes into overtime, giving the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots in his 923rd career victory, which moved him into a tie with Tony Esposito for ninth on the NHL’s wins list.
Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith and William Carrier scored for Vegas, which extended its points streak to four straight games.
Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers, and Kevin Hayes had three assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves as New York dropped its third consecutive home game, all after regulation.
Kreider tied the game at 3 when his wrist shot sailed past Fleury’s glove at 3:29 of the third period. It was Kreider’s team-leading 15th of the season.
Carrier gave Vegas a 3-2 lead at 13:12 of the second period. The 23-year-old took the puck from Rangers forward Lias Anderrson in the neutral zone to spark a 2-on-1 opportunity. Tomas Nosek assisted on Carrier’s seventh of the season.
Just over a minute earlier, Zibanejad had tied the game at 2 with a one-time blast from the point. Hayes earned the assist and has four consecutive multiple-point games.
Skjei found the net on the Rangers’ first shot of the game 1:13 into the opening period. Hayes played a puck off the boards to spring Pavel Buchnevich and Skjei on an odd-man rush.
Smith evened the game when Colin Miller’s shot from the point caromed off the glass and back over the net. Jonathan Marchessault assisted.
Paul Stastny tallied his first of the season at 6:09 of the second period.
NOTES: Before the game, the Rangers announced that alternate captain Jesper Fast will miss the next two to four weeks with an upper-body injury. ... Defenseman Adam McQaid returned to the lineup after missing the previous 21 games with an upper-body injury. ... Boo Nieves made his season debut with the Rangers after being recalled from the AHL on Saturday. ... Golden Knights forward William Karlsson skated in his 300th NHL game.
Golden Knights: Visit the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night.
Rangers: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.