Video: Zidlicky’s first goal with Detroit gives Red Wings OT win over Rangers


The Detroit Red Wings picked up veteran right-shooting defenseman Marek Zidlicky at the trade deadline, and it took all of two days for him to make a positive contribution for his new team.

Playing for the first time in a Detroit uniform, Zidlicky scored a power play goal at 1:09 of overtime to give the Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the visiting and rival New York Rangers on Wednesday.

It was an odd goal that occurred during a scramble in front of Cam Talbot, who had the puck roll off his back and into the net during a four-on-three advantage for Detroit.

In addition to the winner, Zidlicky’s debut in Detroit came with 17:44 of ice time, a first-period holding call and two shots on net. The Red Wings have now won three games in a row — all by one goal — to move them within four points of the Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the Atlantic Division.

The Habs were also in action Wednesday, playing the Anaheim Ducks.

For the Rangers, they’re unable to move past the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. But there is good news in terms of their goaltending situation.

Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported on NBCSN that Henrik Lundqvist, out with a vascular injury, has started skating on his own and could return in 10 to 14 days.

Video: Lundqvist could be back in 10 to 14 days


Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t played since Feb. 2 after taking a puck to the throat at the end of January, but it sounds like he could make his return in a matter of weeks.

Lundqvist suffered a vascular injury and, he says, that playing would’ve put him at risk of having a stroke.

NHL Insider Bob McKenzie said Wednesday on NBCSN that Lundqvist has been skating on his own, taking shots and is getting close to a return, and could be back in 10 to 14 days.

Get your game notes: Rangers at Wings, Rivalry Night


Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Detroit Red Wings hosting the New York Rangers on Rivalry Night at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:



• Both Detroit and New York entered the NHL as Original Six franchises in 1926 (Detroit’s nickname during the 1920s was the Cougars – it wasn’t until 1932 that the team was called the Red Wings). The Cougars shut out the Rangers 1-0 at home in their first meeting on December 4, 1926.

• These two clubs have storied histories with 15 combined Stanley Cup victories, but they have only met in the Final twice. Two of the Red Wings’ 11 overall Stanley Cup titles – in 1937 and 1950 – came at the Rangers’ expense. Detroit’s 11 Stanley Cups rank 3rd all-time (MTL-24, TOR-13), while the Rangers’ 4 places them T-7th all-time.

• Since that 1950 seven-game Stanley Cup Final encounter, Detroit and New York have not met each other in the playoffs.

1950 STANLEY CUP FINAL: DETROIT def. NEW YORK, 4-games-to-3

• While Detroit entered the playoffs with the best record from the regular season, it lost then 21-year old Gordie Howe – the team’s third-leading scorer – to injury in the first game of the postseason.

• The Rangers qualified as the fourth and final playoff team with a losing record during the regular season, but advanced to the Stanley Cup with a 4-1 series victory over the Montreal Canadiens in the semifinals.

• Due to bizarre scheduling, the Rangers actually played no true home games during the Stanley Cup Final against Detroit. Because the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus had taken over Madison Square Garden, Game 1 was played in Detroit at Olympia Stadium, Games 2 and 3 were played at a neutral site in Toronto (Maple Leaf Gardens), and Games 4 through 7 were played back at Olympia.

• The Rangers fell into a 2-1 series deficit, getting outscored 9-4 in those first three games.

• 23-year old Ranger forward Don Raleigh – who only scored 12 goals during the regular season for New York – scored back-to-back overtime goals in Games 4 and 5 to reverse the momentum in the series. Per Elias, he is one of two players in history to have scored overtime winners in consecutive games during the Stanley Cup Final (John LeClair – 1993).

• The Rangers had 2-0, 3-1, and 4-3 leads in Game 6, but future Hall-of-Famers Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel scored 6 minutes apart – both players’ second goals of the game – in the 3rd period to complete the 5-4 comeback victory for Detroit.

• Game 7 was the 4th consecutive one-goal game, and the third game of the series to go to overtime. The Red Wings erased a 2-0 New York 1st-period lead with three 2nd period goals. The game remained tied at 3 through regulation, setting up the first Stanley Cup Final to be decided in overtime of Game 7 in NHL history.

• Detroit winger Pete Babando scored the Cup-clinching goal just over 8 minutes into the second overtime period, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 win and their 4th ever Stanley Cup victory.

• The Red Wings would win another Stanley Cup in a Game 7 OT in 1954, and to date the 1950 and 1954 Cup-clinching games remain the only two times in NHL history a Stanley Cup has been won in overtime of Game 7 (Elias).


• Joe Kocur was the only player on all 3 Rangers/Red Wings Cup-winning teams in the 1990s. He helped New York to its first Stanley Cup in 54 years in 1994, and then skated on the Detroit teams that won back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998. Kocur spent 15 seasons in the NHL, scoring 80 goals in 820 career games. He ranks 20th all-time in PIM (2,519).


• Both teams enter tonight coming off wins against the league’s top team – the Nashville Predators.

• Extending Mats: On Monday afternoon, it was confirmed that Rangers F Mats Zuccarello agreed to a 4-yr/$18M extension, which reportedly includes a full no-trade clause in the first season of the deal.

• Zuccarello responded to the new deal immediately, getting the primary assist on the first 2 Ranger goals later that night against NSH and earning the First Star of the Game.

• “I like everything about him: his tenacity, his hard work, his seeing the ice, the way he plays, the chemistry he brings to our team and the way he is in our dressing room. He’s been a terrific player for us.” – Sather on Monday, on Zuccarello

• Henrik Lundqvist: On Jan. 31, Lundqvist was hit in the neck by a puck vs. CAR. Lundqvist played the following game against FLA (Feb. 2) but has since been out with a sprained blood vessel in his throat.

• “I won’t play until I’m ready to play, and it won’t be an issue moving forward after that. I’m going to heal 100 percent.” – Lundqvist, on Feb. 8

• The scheduled evaluation that Lundqvist said was supposed to take place 2-3 weeks from Feb. 8 has not occurred yet, and there remains no concrete update on his status other than he continues to skate on his own.

• “We continue to evaluate him. And we’ll keep you posted in a little while, but that’s about all I’m gonna say about it today.” – Sather, speaking about Lundqvist during his post trade deadline press conference on Monday.

• The Rangers have gone 10-2-2 without Lundqvist. Backup Cam Talbot has started all but 1 of those 14 games:

• Though Talbot lost his only start vs. DET this season (3-2 on Dec. 6 at Joe Louis Arena, stopped 31 of 34 shots), his first NHL win also came at the Joe. On Oct. 26 last season, in his 2nd career start, Talbot stopped 32 of 34 shots in a 3-2 (OT) Rangers win.

• In this stretch with Lundqvist out, Talbot also registered his 4th shutout of the season. NYR lead the NHL w/ 9 shutouts. The last time two Rangers goaltenders earned at least four shutouts in the same season was in 1970-71, when Ed Giacomin had eight and Gilles Villemure had four.

• Wings weathering the storm: The Red Wings are near the end of what is arguably their toughest stretch this season. On Saturday, Detroit completed a 6-game road trip 4-1-1, capped off by a 4-3 win against Nashville – the top team in the NHL (also beat CHI, DAL, SJ…lost 4-3 SO at ANA & 1-0 at LA).

• After playing the Rangers tonight, the Wings close out the week against two more teams currently in playoff position (vs. CGY on Friday, at BOS on Sunday).

• Though DET lost 3 straight earlier in the month (0-2-1 record), their victory over Nashville made them the only remaining NHL team without consecutive regulation losses this season (NSH had been the only other team, and that defeat to DET on Saturday was the Preds’ 2nd consecutive regulation loss at the time).

• DET last lost consecutive games in regulation back on Mar. 25 & 27, 2014.

Rangers’ Talbot records the shutout in battle of the goalies


Karri Ramo, the Calgary Flames goalie, might be grabbing the headlines. After all, he did make a spectacular glove stop Tuesday evening that might indeed be the save of the year.

We’ll see.

But it was New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot, who, in the same game, recorded the shutout, which counts as the seventh in his National Hockey League career.

As good as Ramo was, Talbot and the Rangers were better. They held on to beat the Flames by a final score of 1-0, which is a result that doesn’t help Calgary in its bid for the post-season.

“I have to give the guys a lot of credit, it was probably one of the most complete games we’ve played all year,” said Talbot, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Talbot, who has had to step in with the injury to Henrik Lundqvist — and remember, there was talk about who as a rental goalie the Rangers could target — has now won six of his last seven starts. The only blemish in that span came against the Canucks.

He stopped all 21 shots he faced against Calgary.

Meanwhile, as prefaced earlier, the loss hurts the surprising Flames, now losers of three straight. They now find themselves out of a Wild Card spot in the West, and the Ducks, Canucks and L.A. Kings have all resumed their winning ways ahead of them in the Pacific Division.

Rangers’ Mackenzie Skapski to make NHL debut against Sabres


Less than two full years after being selected by the New York Rangers, Mackenzie Skapski will make his National Hockey League debut in net against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

The decision, coming from head coach Alain Vigneault, comes after the Rangers lost to the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout on Thursday. Cam Talbot got the start in that game, allowing four goals on 28 shots in regulation, and two more goals in the deciding skills competition.

From the Rangers’ website:

Vigneault said he had come to a decision last night following his team’s overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden, but that he had no spoke to either Skapski or Cam Talbot, who had started eight games in a row following a vascular injury to Henrik Lundqvist late last month.

It’s been a whirlwind season for the 20-year-old Skapski, who started with Greenville in the ECHL, before being recalled to Hartford in the American Hockey League.

Skapski was taken by the Rangers in the sixth round, 170th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.