NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24: The New York Rangers celebrate a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on a goal by Mats Zuccarello #36 at 37 seconds of overtime at Madison Square Garden on November 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Howard put on an exhibition tonight, but it was the New York Rangers and Mats Zuccarello who came out on top.

  • New York Rangers 2
  • Detroit Red Wings 1
  • NYR Goals – Kreider (8), Zuccarello (4)
  • Det Goals – Tatar (7) PPG
  • NHL, East, Final, Boxscore
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

This hockey game had little scoring, but fantastic goaltending. In what felt more like a playoff game than a regular season game in December, the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings battled for every inch of ice in an exciting hockey game.

Through two periods, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stood on their heads as they kept the opposing team off the scoreboard.

In the end, it was Brady Skjei and Mats Zuccarello teaming up to provide New York the impressive 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

Detroit outshot the Rangers 17-6 in the first period. The Red Wings outshot the Rangers 9-1 in the final 12 minutes of the first period, but they had no goals to show for their effort as Lundqvist stopped all 17 shots he faced.

Detroit had the overall edge in the first period as the Red Wings shots on goals missed shots on goals and blocked shots were 31 to the Rangers 18.

Henrik makes a great save on Dylan Larkin in the first period, one of his 17 saves in the period.

In the second period, the Rangers evened out the play. Pavel Buchnevich and Rick Nash had some great scoring chances, but Howard kept the Rangers off the board.

During the second period, the Rangers announced center Boo Nieves suffered a lower-body injury and would not return.

The Rangers outshot the Red Wings 16-10 in the second period. The game remained scoreless through two periods.

The third period began with an early power play for the  Red Wings as Michael Grabner took a tripping penalty and the Wings took advantage.

Tomas Tatar scored with two seconds remaining on the power play and the Red Wings took the lead 1-0.

But the Rangers never quit and kept playing their game. It paid off as Chris Kreider scored on a backhanded shot to tie the game at 1-1 at 10:17 of the third period. Buchnevich and Brady Skjei tallied the assists.

The third period concluded with the game tied 1-1. Detroit outshot the Rangers 41-30 in the three periods of regulation.

In overtime, Mats Zuccarello scored off of a beautiful feed from defenseman Brady Skjei at the 37-second mark. With that goal, the Rangers move their current roll to a seven-game home winning streak.

The Rangers take on Vancouver at MSG on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

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