On an emotional day in New York City, there was a hockey game to be played at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. After the attack that happened Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers brought some joy to the city playing for the victims and their families as they defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 6-4. Being down 4-2 going into the third period, the Rangers erupted for four goals in the final frame to pull out the victory.
Jimmy Vesey got the scoring going early in the first period. Oscar Lindberg and Reily Smith scored for the visitors in the first to give the Golden Knights one-goal lead heading into the middle frame. Mats Zuccarello tied things at two with assists from Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes. Reily Smith would later another goal on the night for his fourth of the season. David Perron was handed Vegas’s first-ever penalty shot and buried it home making it 4-2 Vegas, heading into the third period.
The Rangers were on the brink, and it looked like head coach Alain Vigneault possibly had one more period as the man behind the bench for the club. Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad, and Michael Grabner all scored big third period goals to give the Rangers not only two points but a big win on a dark day for the city. The Rangers close out October not where they want, but a small glimmer of hope as they have won two of their last three. Vegas ends their first month as an NHL franchise at a solid 8-3 record but they have lost two in a row.
The Rangers go on a short two-game road trip to Florida where they will take on the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers before coming home next Monday to host Columbus. Vegas continues their road trip with contests in Boston, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal before returning home.