Sports Large Right Rail Promo

NHL on Twitter

National Hockey League
Minnesota 4, NY Rangers 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 21, 2019
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Referees: Wes McCauley, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: Tim Nowak, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 17271

Zach Parise scored a goal and added an assist as the Minnesota Wild snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory against the host New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Jared Spurgeon, Mikael Granlund and Jordan Greenway also scored for the Wild, and Eric Staal and Ryan Donato each had two assists. The Wild had been shut out in their previous two games and won for just the second time (2-7-3) in 11 games since the All-Star break. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves.

Pavel Buchnevich scored the lone goal for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 34 shots.

With the score 2-1, Parise scored a controversial goal at 11:03 of the third period. The Rangers' Brady Skjei appeared to be tripped by Minnesota's Staal as he tried to skate the puck out of the defensive zone. The puck slid straight to Parise, who was alone at the top of the slot. Parise deked to his backhand and beat Lundqvist up high.

The Wild snapped a 171-minute scoreless streak as Spurgeon opened the scoring on the power play at 15:04 of the first period.

Lundqvist made a stunning sprawling save to stop a shot by Staal, who was alone at the right post, but as the goalie tried to flop onto his back to cover the puck, it squirted under his right arm and Spurgeon was able to beat two Rangers defenders to the puck to tap it into the net. Donato, making his debut with the Wild after being acquired Wednesday in a trade with Boston for Charlie Coyle, got the second assist.

The Rangers tied the score at 1-1 with a power-play goal of their own at 5:06 of the second period, with Buchnevich sneaking a slap shot from the right faceoff dot between Dubnyk's pads. Ryan Strome and Tony DeAngelo got assists.

The Wild regained the lead at 8:41 of the second. Greg Pateryn's shot from the point was stopped by Lundqvist, but the rebound went to the top of the slot, where Granlund was able to lift it over the goalie's shoulder while falling to the ice. Parise also got an assist on the goal.

Greenway got an empty-net goal at 17:23 of the third, off assists from Staal and Donato, to cap the scoring.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Minnesota   NY Rangers
Zach Parise 2 Points Pavel Buchnevich 1
Zach Parise 1 Goals Pavel Buchnevich 1
Ryan Donato 2 Assists Tony DeAngelo 1
Jared Spurgeon 1 Power Play Goals Pavel Buchnevich 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Devan Dubnyk .971 Save Percentage Henrik Lundqvist .912
Devan Dubnyk 33 Saves Henrik Lundqvist 31
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 35 4 1-1 2-3 6 31
NY Rangers 34 1 1-3 0-1 2 25
Upcoming Games
  • NY Rangers will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Rangers have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .515 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Wild have a W/L % of .481 after a win and .441 after a loss.