Vladimir Tarasenko extended the Philadelphia Flyers’ torment with the winning goal in overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 win on Wednesday.
Tarasenko took advantage of the space offered in overtime to enter the enemy zone without difficulty before shooting wrists at the level of the face-off circle to deceive the vigilance of Carter Hart on his right at 2:32.
The Russian striker benefited from the complicity of his two teammates on the ice Filip Chytil and Braden Schneider for his 13th of the season.
The Flyers suffer a fourth straight loss.
In regulation time, the Rangers wasted no time before showing their colors. Barely 2:51 into the game, Mika Zibanejad completed a great play with Tarasenko and Artemi Panarin on the power play to score his 32nd goal of the season, from the slot.
Zibanejad has 16 career goals against the Flyers, a high among NHL teams.
The Flyers’ response came with less than five minutes left in the engagement. Owen Tippett managed to get forgotten in the slot and took advantage of a blunder from defender Adam Fox to tie the game with his 18th goal of the season.
Philadelphia returned to the charge midway through the middle period. In possession, Scott Laughton drew two players on him, before beating Igor Shesterkin with a perfect wrist shot from a tight angle to give the Flyers the lead for the first time in the game.
Chris Kreider tied it 2-2 midway through the third period for his 26th of the season when he deflected a Tarasenko shot past Flyers goaltender Carter Hart.
It was also the 255th in career goals for Kreider, who comes within one goal of Quebecer Camille Henry for sixth in Rangers history.
Four unanswered Stars goals
The Dallas Stars rallied from a two-goal deficit and scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2.
Miro Heiskanen’s goal at 4:38 of the third period was the game-winning goal for the Stars on assists from Colin Miller and Tyler Seguin.
Former Montreal Canadiens Evgenii Dadonov picked up his second point since joining the Stars by colluding on Seguin’s 16th of the season on the power play. This goal in the second period tied the game at 2-2.
Seguin was a blow to the Coyotes by finding the back of the net a second time in the bottom-of-the-third game when shorthanded to give the Stars a two-goal lead.
Roope Hintz has the other in the win, his 26th of the season.
Jason Robertson of the Stars is just one point away from the 200 career point mark with an assist.
In the loss, the retort came from Clayton Keller, who reached the plateau of 25 goals, and Barrett Hayton, who reached ten.
Nick Schmaltz of the Coyotes was unable to hit the target for the fifth straight game.