After falling at home Thursday, the New York Rangers desperately wanted to avoid its first losing streak since December.
A blown 2-1 lead late in regulation was the last thing the Rangers wanted to see, though Derek Stepan reversed their fortunes with the game-winning goal in New York's (38-14-5, 81 pts) 3-2 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets (17-35-7, 41 pts) Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
After Michael Del Zotto faked a shot and fired a backdoor pass to Stepan, the 21-year-old center fired the puck past Columbus goaltender Steve Mason for the game-winner 22 seconds into overtime. Mason stopped 32 shots on the night, while New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist saved 21.
Rick Nash, Columbus' captain and a potential trade target for New York, tied the game up at 2-2 with 1:33 remaining in regulation. Nash's goal prompted chants of "We don't want you" from the Garden crowd.