Detroit – On Friday, the Red Wings faced the challenge for a long time against the Rangers, only to pull the puck out of their own end.
Finally, when Jimmy Howard defended himself again against the defeat, the Wings succeeded.
Then their young guns began to shoot. And now the wings have won five of the last six.
The soaring Andreas Athanasiou, who returned from four injured games, lost the game 2:02 minutes.
And in extra time, Athanasiou sent a powerful feed to Dylan Larkin, who stormed into the Rangers zone to defeat Henrik Lundqvist for his seventh goal of the season.
In the Little Caesars Arena Larkin was 5.1 seconds behind the winner.
The third-half goals from Justin Abdelkader and Athanasiou gave the Rangers a 2-0 win with Kevin Shattenkirk and Neal Pionk powerplay goals.
"I just looked at the puck and found it was down there," Athanasiou said about the start of the three-on-three extra-time game. "And I screamed somehow to get the puck up. Greener did well for the puck.
"Larks really hit the net hard, and luckily the pass has come through. He has made a good game to use it. "
Jeff Blashill admits to Athanasiou that he was detained from the first day of the training camp this season and was preparing for solid efforts after contract negotiations delayed the start of his 2017/18 season.
"I think it's definitely a good feeling to play hockey again," Athanasiou said as he returned from a leg injury. "Of course it feels good to win. Whenever you can win, it's something you can build on. "
Larkin's heroics, including 24:04 on ice, two shots in five attempts, three takeaways and 17: 7 on first leg, sealed the victory.
He scored his second win in a row – both the result of the Wings, who could overcome the centimeters.
"The points for the team are the most important at the moment," Larkin said. "We started in a hole and we did not get much in the first seven or eight games of the season and it was frustrating.
"But as we played in the third section, it was fun to play hockey. And we worked and worked and worked. "
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In the first two periods, the Wings nearly succumbed to the penalties and chronic failure of the Defense Corps to bring the puck out of their zone.
In the first period, the Red Wings fired a shooting penalty for Mike Green with 25 seconds and scored two shots.
After killing another penalty – this time against Darren Helm due to a delay of 6:01 – they had significant problems in their own zone.
They had one of the worst possessions of the season and missed the puck 13 times in the first 20 minutes.
Their oldest defenders were the most guilty, with Daley having made three giveaways, while DeKeyser and Green each had two.
Howard worked to keep the wings in play, made big savings for Chris Krieder, and skilfully moved across the fold to stop a shot with his blocker.
The Rangers outperformed the Red Wings 11-6 in the period.
"We could not get the puck out of the zone, number one," Blashill said. "And secondly, I thought we had outdone ourselves. They came to compete and we were not ready to compete.
"That can not happen. We have to be better than that. "
The second period started similarly. But slowly the wings tended the ice towards the Rangers.
Shortly after the 7-minute mark, they almost took the lead.
Michael Rasmussen skidded the left wing in the Rangers zone with the force, and while he deflected a defender with his left arm and controlled the puck with his right arm, he made his way up and beat Lundqvist at the gate.
However, the referee whistles the game immediately for a hand pass.
Then, at 16:48, Jacob de la Rose took a four-minute penalty for high jump-off.
The Rangers struck twice.
Shattenkirk defeated Howard with a 27-foot snapshot at 17:53. And Pionk shot a wrist shot off the blue line of a Wings defender in front of Howard at 18:33.
Then, in the third round, the Red Wings took on the establishment of geographic superiority and overshadowed New York 13-7.
After a good minute and a half, they managed to sacrifice a former teammate, revealing one of his weaknesses.
When the Rangers defender Brendan Smith tried to run the puck out from behind his own net, he could not explain to Gustav Nyquist.
Nyquist met Smith on a hard front cover face-to-face on the side of the net, to the left of Lundqvist.
Smith stopped abruptly.
Nyquist picked up the puck and swiftly went on the offensive when he saw Abdelkader attack his mouth and feed him the puck.
Abdelkader cut the lead with his fourth goal of the season in half, with Nyquist's 12th assistant in 16 games played.
Then the young cannon road to the rescue.
"That's what guys do that make the difference," Blashill said about Athanasiou and Larkins late games. "I think they both want to be a difference type player.
"In big moments, you have to do big things. I have said many times that I need to sit here after another one-goal match: it depends on who plays in a big moment, and I think both want those moments and want to be on the ice.
"And if they can, that's a huge thing."