At this point, the Rangers will take the single point.
Yet the Blueshirts remain winless for five straight, registering a 3-2 overtime defeat at the hands of the visiting Coyotes on Tuesday night at the Garden. The game-winner came on a sharp-angle shot from Christian Dvorak early in the three-on-three extra period.
The Rangers (2-4-1) came in having not won since the second game of the season Oct. 5 in Ottawa, and they continued to struggled with puck management and defending for much of this one. Meanwhile, the Coyotes (5-2-1) of Derek Stepan, Antti Raanta, and Michael Grabner, were surprising the league with their stellar start, based on stout defending.
Arizona had outplayed the Rangers for most of the opening 40 minutes, but the game still went into the third tied, 2-2, with defenseman Tony DeAngelo getting both goals for the Blueshirts.
Yet from there, neither team pushed too hard — the losers’ point showing to be rather persuasive, as they went into the overtime.
Back on Sunday, the Rangers needed a big wake-up call between the second and third periods, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 3-2 loss to the visiting Canucks. But any momentum hardly lasted for the start of this game, as they were outshot, 21-3, in a horribly lopsided first period.
The Rangers managed to get out of it only down 1-0, the lone goal coming on a Lawson Course shot from in front that didn’t leave the sharp Alexandar Georgiev much of a chance.
It wasn’t going all that much better at the start of the second, but DeAngelo was able to clean up a loose puck off an odd-man rush to tie it, 1-1, at 5:04. A few minutes later, Pavel Buchnevich took his second penalty of the game, and the Coyotes converted when Alex Goligoski ripped a slap shot passed Georgiev that went in off the post, making it 2-1.
The Rangers had a great chance to tie late in the period when they got 69 seconds of five-on-three man-advantage time, but it had to segue into the regular power play before DeAngelo got his second of the game, coming at 18:00 on a great feed from Ryan Strome. Rookie Kaapo Kakko — who was back on the second power-play unit after being on the first Sunday — picked up the secondary assist, his first assist and the second point of his NHL career, helping the Blueshirts take a 2-2 tie game into the third period.