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NY Rangers 3, Arizona 2
When: 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Referees: Brian Pochmara, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Ryan Gibbons, James Tobias
Attendance: 11380

Kaapo Kakko scored his second goal of the game during a power play with 2:18 remaining in the third period and the visiting New York Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory over the league-worst Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night in Glendale, Ariz.

Kakko was on New York's first power-play unit because Artemi Panarin left the game after playing the first period and just one shift in the opening minutes of the second period. Postgame, the Rangers announced that Panarin exited due to a minor lower-body injury.

At 17:01 of the third period, Arizona was penalized for having too many men on the ice.

On the ensuing power play, the Rangers maintained possession and were able to effectively move the puck around. Defenseman Adam Fox whipped a pass to Ryan Strome, who quickly dished the puck to Chris Kreider at the right side of the crease. Kreider moved the puck to Kakko, who slipped by Arizona's Lawson Crouse and put the puck under goalie Scott Wedgewood.

Kakko scored the first goal for the Rangers midway through the second period. Mika Zibanejad got the primary assist on that goal, and he scored on a third-period power play.

Kreider collected three assists as the Rangers avoided taking three straight regulation losses for the first time this season while playing their sixth game in nine days.

Loui Erikkson scored a short-handed goal and Clayton Keller netted a power-play goal for the Coyotes, whose losing streak reached six games.

New York goalie Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves in his season debut after going 9-1-1 with Hartford of the AHL.

Wedgewood stopped 27 shots.

Arizona took a 1-0 lead with 2:14 remaining in the opening period on Eriksson's 11th career short-handed goal. Eriksson took a cross-ice pass from Keller and lifted a wrist shot from between the faceoff circles that hopped over Fox's stick and trickled into the net before Kinkaid could dive back and smother the puck with his stick.

New York tied it during a delayed penalty on Arizona. Kakko got the rebound of Zibanejad's one-timer from the left circle and swept the puck into the vacated side of the net.

Keller made it 2-1 at 8:47 of the third. He tucked a backhander over Kinkaid's left pad.

The Rangers tied it when Zibanejad lifted a wrist shot from the right circle at 14:14 of the third. The puck sailed past Wedgewood, who was screened by Kreider.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
NY Rangers   Arizona
Chris Kreider 3 Points Clayton Keller 2
Kaapo Kakko 2 Goals Clayton Keller 1
Chris Kreider 3 Assists Clayton Keller 1
Kaapo Kakko 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Loui Eriksson 1
Keith Kinkaid .935 Save Percentage Scott Wedgewood .900
Keith Kinkaid 29 Saves Scott Wedgewood 27
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 30 3 2-3 2-2 6 37
Arizona 31 2 0-2 1-3 8 19
Upcoming Games
  • Arizona will play their next game on the road against Anaheim. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .167 after a win and .182 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play their next game at home against Vegas. The Rangers have a W/L % of .684 after a win and .600 after a loss.