Kakko’s first multi goal game in NHL gives Rangers OT win against Penguins
- Kaapo Kakko scored his second goal of the game 2:24 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
- Adam Fox, who also scored, found Kakko with a backdoor pass near the left post and he redirected the puck into the net for the winner and his first multigoal game in the NHL.
- Alexandar Georgiev made 30 saves for the Rangers (8-6-2), who extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1) and are 5-1-1 in their past seven games.
- Kakko has five goals in his past seven games. He is the first 18-year-old player in Rangers history to score two goals in a game.
“Just talking to him, the way he walks around now, there’s just a whole new level of swagger to him that I hadn’t seen since he got here, not only on the ice but off the ice,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “There’s a comfort level he’s attaining, and you can see it in his face.”
- Kakko scored 18 seconds after Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin and Tony DeAngelo finally got off the ice after opening overtime with a shift that lasted 2:06 because they were hemmed in the defensive zone.
“First couple minutes [of overtime] was so hard for us, but then we get the pass and a great pass by [Fox],” Kakko said. “That was easy for me.”
- Justin Schultz and Jared McCann scored, and Matt Murray made 24 saves for the Penguins (10-6-2), who played without center and leading scorer Sidney Crosby (17 points) for the first time this season because of a lower-body injury.
- Crosby’s status for Pittsburgh’s next game, Friday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center, is not yet known.
NHL Highlights | Penguins vs. Rangers – Nov. 12, 2019
- Panarin’s assist on Fox’s goal extended his point streak to nine games (four goals, nine assists), tying his NHL career long streak. …
- Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (upper body) missed his seventh straight game. …
- In addition to Crosby, the Penguins were also missing defenseman Kris Letang and forward Patric Hornqvist, both out with lower body injuries. Letang has missed three straight games and Hornqvist four in a row.
Sources & Credits: Dan Rosen / NHL.com; NY Rangers, PIT Penguins
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