NHL Recaps: Rangers rally by Kings, and Sabres end skid with 7 goals

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Nov 22, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after a goal in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Recaps:  November 22, 2022

The NHL docket only had two games on tap.

First, the Buffalo Sabres exploded for 7 goals on the Montreal Canadiens to end an 8-game slide. That was followed by the New York Rangers rallying from a 2-0 deficit it to beat the host Los Angeles Kings.

NHL Recaps: Rangers rally in final two periods for win

Chris Kreider scored two third-period goals for the visiting New York Rangers in a 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Braden Schneider, Vincent Trocheck and Kaapo Kakko scored three unanswered goals in the second period, and Igor Shesterkin made 34 saves for the Rangers, who have won two in a row for the first time this month.

Kevin Fiala had a goal and two assists, Gabriel Vilardi and Sean Walker also scored, and Cal Petersen made 20 saves for the Kings, who have lost three straight games for the first time this season.

Walker tied the score 3-3 at 6:12 of the third period, scoring his first NHL goal since May 13, 2021, on a wrist shot from just above the right circle.

Kreider came back with a goal 54 seconds later, beating Kings defenseman Mikey Anderson to a bounce off the end boards and scoring from the left circle for a 4-3 lead at 7:06.

“It’s something that he mentioned a little earlier, if you’re coming down the strong side that sometimes there’s space on the short pipe, so I just tried to put it there and there was space on the short side,” Kreider said. “So, good coaching by Mika and a good play by Mika.”

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Krieder scored into an empty net with 40 seconds left for the 5-3 final.

NHL Recaps: Sabres explode on Habs

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Nov 22, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Buffalo Sabres players gather around Buffalo Sabres goalie Craig Anderson (41) to celebrate the win against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Skinner had two goals and three assists as the Buffalo Sabres snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-2 win against the host Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Tage Thompson contributed one goal and three assists and Alex Tuch and Rasmus Dahlin each had a goal and two assists for the Sabres. Henri Jokiharju and JJ Peterka also scored, Dylan Cozens notched two assists and Craig Anderson made 29 saves for the victory.

“We came out with a mission,” Sabres forward Alex Tuch said. “I thought we went hard to the net from the drop of the puck. We were getting pucks deep and playing simple. We had a lot of conversations, [Anderson’s] been talking about it a lot, and it’s playing on the [defensive] side, and I thought everyone did that tonight.”

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Cole Caufield and Sean Monahan scored and Jake Allen made 31 saves for the Canadiens, who have lost three of their past four games.

The contest wasn’t even a minute old before the Sabres jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Thompson skated to the left circle before spinning around to feed a trailing Dahlin, who had plenty of time and space in the slot before beating Allen blocker side 35 seconds in for a 1-0 edge.

Peterka doubled the margin 17 seconds later. Cozens’ attempt at the edge of the crease slid through the bottom of the crease over to Peterka on the right side, and he quickly pounced to push the puck under Allen’s pad.

It marked the second-fastest two goals from the start of a game in franchise history after Rick Martin’s two tallies in the first 49 seconds on Dec. 18, 1975, against Minnesota North Stars.

–Field Level Media