Rangers head into All-Star break with 4-1 win over Golden Knights

Jan 27, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson (20) and New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) battle for control of the puck in the first period at Madison Square Garden.

Jan 27, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Vegas Golden Knights middle Chandler Stephenson (20) and New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) battle for management of the puck within the first interval at Madison Sq. Backyard. / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports activities

NEW YORK (AP) — Vincent Trochek had a aim and an help, Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 photographs and the New York Rangers beat the struggling Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 on Friday night time.

Chris Kreider, Filip Chytil and Jimmy Vesey additionally scored for the Rangers, who’re 8-2-3 of their final 13 video games heading into their bye week and All-Star break. Braden Schneider had two assists and Halak gained his fifth straight begin.

Phil Kessel had a aim for Vegas and Adin Hill completed with 36 saves. The Golden Knights misplaced for the seventh time in 9 video games (2-6-1).

Chytil pushed the Rangers’ result in 3-1 on a fortuitous deflection with 5:40 left within the third interval. He introduced the puck up the center and had it knocked off his stick as he charged towards the web. He stayed with it, circled and missed the puck on a backhand earlier than he knocked it throughout entrance of the web and in off Alex Pietrangelo’s skate for his sixteenth of the season.

The Golden Knights pulled Hill for an additional skater with about 1:40 left and Vesey sealed the win with an empty-netter about 15 seconds later.

Trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes, Vegas acquired on the scoreboard at 4:57 of the second as Kessel despatched a sharp-angle shot as he skated behind the aim line off Halak and in. It was his ninth of the season and 408th of his profession.

The Rangers had been upset that seconds earlier they believed Alexei Lafreniere was tripped however no penalty was referred to as.

Halak made a sprawling save on Keegan Kolesar from the best aspect with 7:50 left within the center interval to protect the Rangers’ lead.

Each groups had possibilities early as Halak turned apart a backhander in entrance by Kessel on an odd-man rush at 7:46, and Hill saved deflection by Chytil at 9:15.

A holding penalty on Barclay Goodrow put Vegas on the sport’s first energy play with 8:17 left. The Golden Knights managed three photographs in the course of the benefit, with Halak making a pair of good glove saves on slap photographs by Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore. Additionally, Jack Eichel hit a goalpost with 7:40 left.

Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with 3:52 left within the first as he deflected a backhand move from Trocheck off his knee and the puck trickled previous Hill. It was Kreider’s twentieth, reaching that mark for the eighth time in his profession.

Trochek made it 2-0 with 43 seconds left within the opening interval as fired a shot from the best faceoff circle off a move from behind the web by Goodrow. It was his 14th.


Kreider performed in his 700th recreation, turning into the thirteenth participant in franchise historical past to succeed in that mark with the Rangers. … Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson performed of their four-hundredth video games with Vegas, essentially the most of any participant in franchise historical past.


The Rangers went 0 for two on the facility play to fall to 2 for twenty-four over their final 9 video games. … Vegas was 0 for two to fall to 1 for 14 over the past seven video games.


Theodore returned after lacking 20 video games with a leg damage. … LW William Provider additionally rejoined the Golden Knights after lacking 5 video games with an higher physique damage.


Golden Knights: On the New York Islanders on Saturday night time to complete a four-game journey earlier than the All-Star break.

Rangers: Host Calgary on Feb. 6 within the second of a stretch of 4 straight at residence.

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