Mika Zibanejad Leads New York Rangers Comeback, 6-4, Over Vegas (Highlights)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Jimmy Vesey #26 of the New York Rangers (front) high fives teammates after scoring a goal in the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights during their game at Madison Square Garden on October 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The Vegas Golden Knights controlled the game until Mika Zibanejad and the New York Rangers officially took over in the third period.

The New York Rangers were presented with a golden opportunity to rebound from a tough loss against the Montreal Canadiens with the Vegas Golden Knights in town for the first time ever.

Not only did New York come away with the win, it came via a feel-good situation by overcoming a 4-2 third-period deficit and taking it by the final of 6-4.

In net for Vegas was their fourth-string goaltender Maxime Lagace in his first NHL start and Jimmy Vesey took advantage of that 2:45 into the first period.

That lead didn’t last too long as former Ranger Oscar Lindberg made his former team pay.

From this point on Vegas was the better team, outshooting the Rangers 14-9 in the first period. It looked like New York would get out of the period tied but then Reilly Smith capitalized on a big rebound to give Vegas the lead with 39 seconds to go in the first.

The Rangers came out as the aggressive team in the second period and would tie it on a Mats Zuccarello goal, 1:29 into the period.

Henrik Lundqvist was seeing his first action after having a full week off. He looked fresh and was the Rangers best player on the ice, the problem though was that his team wasn’t on that level.

Rielly Smith’s second goal of the game is a perfect example of that.

Lundqvist went on to make quality save after quality save, evidenced by the two saves below:

But on that same play, David Perron was awarded a penalty shot and he converted.


Despite not looking good and down by two, the Rangers came out and controlled the third period. It all started with David Perron taking a double minor and Chris Kreider converting.

Pavel Buchnevich would continue his goal-scoring streak to tie things at four.

With the Rangers back on the powerplay and all tied up, Mika Zibanejad would complete his three-point night scoring the go-ahead goal.

Michael Grabner would the secure the victory for the Rangers adding an empty-net goal for the Rangers fourth unanswered goal in the period.

The Rangers will be back in action Thursday night when they hit the road and face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.