The New York Rangers needed an extra five minutes to make it happen, but they skated away with their 46th win of the season on Wednesday night, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. The win gives the Blueshirts some momentum as they head into the last lap of the regular season schedule, with just nine games left to play.
Detroit struck first and early when Henrik Zetterberg scored his 19th goal of the season less than four minutes into the game. With five minutes left in the first period, Brad Richards evened the score with his 24th goal of the season. Richards' goal came with the man advantage as the Wings served a penalty for too many men on the ice.
Ryan Callahan scored the game winner halfway through the extra frame. He was assisted by Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Dubinsky.
Henrik Lundqvist turned away 26 of 27 shots for his 33rd win of the season.
The Rangers host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, before starting a three-game road trip in Toronto on Saturday.