January 24, 2022; New York, New York, United States; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) scores on Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the shootout to win the game 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler – USA TODAY Sports
The drama of the Madison Square Garden shooting was intense. Twice the New York Rangers snatched victory from the Kings by tying the third and fifth rounds.
First it was Artemi Panarin in a do or die situation to keep the shootout going. Even in real time, it was like watching a replay in slow motion as he methodically opened Jonathan Quick’s legs to keep NY alive.
Then it was a battle within a battle as the top two picks in the 2020 NHL Draft traded goals. Number two selection Quinton Byfield covered one on Igor Shesterkin’s glove in the fifth round and smiled past the Rangers bench.
Alexis Lafrenière was then called upon to continue the match. The number one pick of this repechage arrived calmly and confidently, lowered his shoulder and slid it between Quick’s wickets. As he skated near the Kings bench, he lifted a finger. Was he saying something to LA or was he just showing off the Blueshirts bench?
Adam Fox scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout as the New York Rangers extended their home winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
“I was debating between two [moves], stuck with that one and glad we picked it,” Fox said. “The one I did, I’m comfortable doing. I didn’t want to complicate anything too much, so I just made a little fake and I’m glad it worked.
New York Rangers keep winning
Rangers won for the ninth time in 12 games when Fox’s shrewd move capped an action-packed contest that featured a 4-on-4 overtime without a whistle after Rangers started with a 46-second power play.
Fox sped along the left side, faked a forehand to prompt goaltender Jonathan Quick to engage. When Quick engaged, Fox moved to his backhand and lifted the puck over Quick’s left pad to the top of the net.
Artemi Panarin extended the game by scoring in the third after Anze Kopitar netted in the same round. Quinton Byfield scored in the fifth round, but Alexis Lafrenière extended the game for New York and Fox scored after Igor Shesterkin stopped Arthur Kaliyev in the top of the sixth.
Barclay Goodrow put Rangers into extra time by scoring on a clever deflection off a Panarin shot with 5:45 left in regulation time. Quick led the game in the shootout with five saves in overtime, including a sprawling save on Panarin in New York’s 4-on-3 power play.
Chris Kreider scored his league-leading 30th goal with 1.5 seconds left in the first half while Blake Lizotte scored the tying goal midway through the second for Los Angeles. The Kings held a 2-1 lead in the third after Alex Iafallo scored a power-play goal with 39 seconds left in the period.
Shesterkin made 34 saves and won his seventh straight game. Quick made 28 saves, including 25 after the first period and 13 on New York’s five power plays.
Kreider scored for the sixth game in a row when he got a cross pass from Fox and lifted a close range shot over Quick’s left arm.
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–Field Level Media contributed to this report.