Sport Rangers beat Pacific Division-leading Kings, 4-2
Quick, Kings stop Blackhawks for fifth straight win
Jonathan Quick made 24 saves, Christian Folin scored the game's first goal midway through the third period and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Sunday night for their fifth straight win. BOX SCORE: KINGS 3, BLACKHAWKS 1Folin's shot from the right point sailed over Anton Forsberg's glove with Anze Kopitar screening at 9:29. Dustin Brown scored an empty-net goal with 2:03 left to make it 2-0, and Kopitar added another empty-netter after Chicago's Jonathan Toews scored with Forsberg pulled for an extra skater."I closed my eyes," joked Folin, a defenseman who scored his second goal.
Rick Nash had scored just once in his previous 12 games, a goal on Monday which went in off his leg. He’s had a number of nights like Friday against the Kings when he’s had several high-quality looks, some he’s done a brilliant job of creating himself, but just hasn’t been able to finish.
He is so much more than a goal-scorer, wears many hats on a nightly basis, but ultimately pucks need to go in. And given his previous streakiness, he and the Rangers hope that his go-ahead goal with 3:27 left Friday night in their 4-2 win over the Kings
Shohei Ohtani agrees to sign with Los Angeles Angels
Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani will join forces with the greatest player on the planet - Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani on Friday agreed to sign with the Angels, ending a weeklong bidding for his services that included seven finalists, including four of the five teams based in California.In the end, it was the Angels who will for the next six seasons will enjoy the talents of Ohtani, 23, who was widely regarded as the hottest free agent in this year’s market even before officially being posted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, which finally happened Dec. 1.
“You know what? it’s hard to score goals in this league,” said Nash, who has nine goals this season. “You just have to stay with it. You can’t get frustrated. You’ve got to look at positives when they’re not going in — and when they are going in, you don’t ask any questions about it.”
Nash had three great looks in the first period that he couldn’t finish off. Of course, it was a good defensive play by Nash that led to his crucial tally, stifling a Kings transition ahead of the red line with a takeaway, skating into the left circle and beating Jonathan Quick near side.
A similar play in the first better informed his shot selection on the game-winner. Nash was denied by Quick when he tried to go high-glove, so he instead aimed blocker.
Rangers-Stars at Madison Square Garden to go on after NYC bombing
The Rangers' arena is about a half-mile southwest of where the suspected terrorist bombing happened at about 7:20 a.m. ET Monday.The Rangers are scheduled to play the Stars in a 7 p.m. ET game.
“I feel like I’ve been getting so many chances each game,” Nash said. “I’ve been through a few stretches where pucks aren’t going in the way you want them to. But I always say it’s important to get the opportunities, and I think they’ve been there the last little bit.”
The Rangers (17-12-3) took a one-goal lead into the third but old friend Marian Gaborik, who scored five-hole on Henrik Lundqvist (33 saves) in the second, caused havoc to set up an equalizer. Gaborik blew right by Kevin Shattenkirk, and after Lundqvist stopped his shot, trailer Torrey Mitchell wasn’t picked up and he cleaned up.
It took 15 blocked shots in the first period for the Rangers to help keep the Kings off the board early and take a lead on a power-play goal credited to Chris Kreider after Shattenkirk’s shot hitting Jake Muzzin and Kreider’s leg. A Ryan McDonagh rush up the right side set up Kevin Hayes at 14:43 of the second to give the Blueshirts a 2-1 advantage after Gaborik tied the game.
Zuccarello scores in OT to carry Rangers over Bruins
The Rangers beat the Bruins in overtime on Saturday.With each passing save Lundqvist made against the Bruins, surprise dissipated. Ah, yes, this is why Lundqvist was out there again, because he thrives in these situations, and Vigneault put another “big game” label on this one as he did a week earlier. And for the second straight night Lundqvist made 33 saves in the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime win, finished off by Mats Zuccarello's power-play goal.
Having blown the one-goal lead in the third, it would’ve been a gut-punch had the Rangers taken a loss while heading right up to Boston for Saturday’s game. But Nash’s moment finally came.
“I think we all knew it was just a matter of time, and hopefully this opens the floodgates because he does so much for us: Power play; penalty killing; net-front presence; certainly drawing penalties; just creating offensive-zone looks,” McDonagh said. “It’s been a tremendous season for him creating offense like that, and it’s great to see him get rewarded.”
Leads sought after woman looking for cat dies in hit-and-run .
Detectives are looking for leads in last week's hit-and-run accident that killed a woman who was looking in the street for her cat in Boyle Heights. Investigators have released a security-camera still that caught a picture of the 18-wheeler that detectives believe was involved. The woman, Cynthia Szukala, 69, had told her daughter that she was going outside to look for her cat, said Det. Felix Padilla of the Central Traffic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.Szukala was living with her adult daughter in a motor home parked on the street.“I think she had been forced out of her house,” Padilla said. “Her house had caught fire.
Karlsson scores twice, leads Golden Knights past Kings 4-2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — William Karlsson scored twice, Maxime Lagace stopped 27 shots and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Sunday night. It was the first meeting in what...
Karlsson scores twice, leads Golden Knights past Kings 4-2
LAS VEGAS (AP) - William Karlsson scored twice, Maxime Lagace stopped 27 shots and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Sunday night. It was the first meeting in what...