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Rangers come back to beat Kings, 5-3, in Los Angeles

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November 22, 2022;  Los Angeles, California, USA;  The New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at the Crypto.com Arena.
November 22, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at the Crypto.com Arena. / Jane Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Crider scored twice in the third period and in New York Rangers closed a two-goal gap for the first time this season in a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Braden Schneider and Vincent Trochek as well as Kaapo Kako all had goals in the second period for the Rangers, who won three of four. Igor Shesterkin made 35 saves.

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Kevin Fiala scored a goal and made two assists, Gabe Vilardi set a career high with his 11th goal, but the Kings ended their five-game winning streak on home ice. Cal Petersen conceded four goals on 24 shots.

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Kreider capitalized on two LA gaffes to give New York a 4-3 lead at 7:06 of the third, beating a defender. Mikey Anderson to negate the icing and score a wrist past Petersen at the near post for his eighth goal.

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This happened just 56 seconds after Sean Walker tied him for 3 with his first of the season.

Kreider added an empty net with 49.7 seconds left.

The Rangers bounced back in the second leg after trailing 2-0 in the first 20 minutes. Schneider started the rally with a spot shot that Petersen couldn’t see because of the traffic at 2:22 of the period.

Trochek benefited from his stick and the sticks of the Kings defensemen. Drew Doughty and Anderson close in the middle of the second, tossing the puck in the air and rainbowing into Petersen to tie the game at 2.

Kakko completed the blast with 1:16 left, sending Filip Chitil’s kick rebound into the open net for a 3-2 lead during a delayed penalty, with Shesterkin gone for another skater.

Fiala’s reunification with the center Anze Kopitar and winger Adrian Kempe paid immediate dividends when he scored a goal in the 35th second of the game. Fiala was in the groove to score Kempe with a rebound to score his seventh goal.

Fiala then helped Vilardi score on the powerplay to make it 2-0 at 6:01, giving him the most goals of the entire season after just 22 games. Vilardi scored 10 goals in 54 games as a rookie during the shortened 2021 campaign.

NOTES:

New York entered the game 0-4-2, trailing after the first period. … Chitil and Alexis Lafrenier each provided two assists.

NEXT

Rangers: At the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Kings: At the San Jose Sharks on a Friday night.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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