New York Rangers celebrate a 3-2 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

From emotional memories to overtime snipes, the New York Rangers 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday had everything.

Robby Sabo

  • New York Rangers 3 (11-9-2, 24 pts)
  • Minnesota Wild 2 (9-11-4, 22 pts)
  • NHL, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Monday night at Madison Square Garden showcased nearly everything an NHL game could. There was emotion, history, a late game-tying score and an overtime snipe.

First, the snipe …

Tony DeAngelo ended things quickly. His stick-side wrister at the 0:32 mark of overtime provided the New York Rangers a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

It was as close to a basketball pick-and-roll as anybody will ever see in this league. Artemi Panarin, who finished with No. 1 star honors (assisting on all three goals), drew two defenders which allowed DeAngelo to cash in on the heroics.

It wouldn’t have happened if Chris Kreider hadn’t done his part.

Kreider’s rebound tally on the power-play with just 2:50 to go in regulation knotted the game at two apiece.

Brady Skjei picked up the team’s first goal, coming in the first period. The Minnesota native cashed in for his third of the season with his family watching their hometown team from back home.

The Rangers didn’t play horribly, by any stretch, but the Wild were in command on the scoreboard up until the Kreider equalizer. Goaltender Alex Stalock stopped 28 of the Rangers 31 shots in total but made a few incredible stops, especially in the third period.

Familiar face Zach Parise tied the game at one late in the second period and midway through the third (at the 10-minute mark), Ryan Donato pulled the strong on the Rangers for the Wild’s second goal of the night.

For the history part of the night, with the victory, Henrik Lundqvist moves into sole possession of fifth place on the NHL’s all-time wins leaderboard, passing Curtis Joseph.

The emotional part of the pie dealt with Mats Zuccarello, who returned to New York for the first time since the Rangers traded him a year ago. The Garden, who does it better than anybody else on the planet, of course, put together a heartfelt tribute.

The suddenly surging Rangers will take Tuesday off prior to getting right back at it against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night at MSG.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]