Zuccarello goal leads Rangers past Wings


The only shot the New York Rangers put past Detroit’s Jimmy Howard was actually meant to be a pass.

Mats Zuccarello had no complaints when the puck found its way into the net.

Zuccarello broke up a scoreless duel between two Olympic goalies with 5:58 remaining, lifting the Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Red Wings on Thursday night.

“It was a pass to (Benoit) Pouliot,” Zuccarello said. “It was a lucky bounce, I guess. I will take that.”

Zuccarello floated a puck over Howard when he drove to the net, putting New York’s 45th shot of the night into the net.

Howard recognized Zuccarello’s intention, he just couldn’t stop it.

“Bittersweet,” Howard said of his 47-save performance. “Zuccarello wasn’t looking to shoot that. He was looking to pass it across. It’s unfortunate.”

It was just enough offense for Henrik Lundqvist to earn his third shutout of the season and 48th in his NHL career. Lundqvist, who made his sixth straight start, stopped 38 shots.

Gustav Nyquist slipped a shot behind him with 44.5 seconds remaining, but Lundqvist reached back and covered the puck just in time.

“You kind of wait for a reaction when you hear it hits the post, but then you don’t get a reaction, so you know it’s behind you somewhere,” Lundqvist said. “You don’t want to make too big of a move, so I just turned around, and it was right there. It’s fun when you get some puck luck. Maybe I earned it after a few tough bounces.”

Predators 4, Flyers 3 (SO)

In Philadelphia, Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift Nashville over the Flyers.

Canadiens 5, Senators 4 (OT)

In Ottawa, Carey Price made 40 saves and P.K. Subban scored the overtime winner.

Islanders 2, Lightning 1 (SO)

In Tampa, Frans Nielsen scored the only shootout goal and assisted on a second-period score by Thomas Vanek.

Sharks 3, Panthers 0

In Sunrise, Florida, Joe Pavelski, Matt Nieto and Joe Thornton scored and Alex Stalock made 24 saves for his first career shutout.

Kings 4, Blues 1

In St. Louis, Trevor Lewis gave Los Angeles some unexpected offense with two goals early in the third period.

Wild 4, Oilers 1

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist, Nate Prosser scored for the first time in 68 games, and the Wild beat new-look Edmonton.

Avalanche 2, Devils 1 (SO)

In Denver, Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and scored in the shootout, Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves and Colorado beat New Jersey.

Coyotes 1, Canucks 0

In Glendale, Arizona, Mike Smith stopped 28 shots for his first shutout of the season, Antoine Vermette had a power-play goal in the first period, and Phoenix beat Vancouver.

Bruins 4, Stars 2

In Dallas, Milan Lucic scored his first goal in 10 games and assisted on another goal.

Jets 5, Flames 2

In Calgary, Olli Jokinen had a goal and an assist against his former team, handing the Flames their record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice.