It was a happy homecoming for Alex Tuch, and a successful visit to Manhattan for the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.
Tuch buried a sharp-angle shot a little more than two minutes into overtime, giving the Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the Rangers.
“It’s great to score in front of friends and family,” said Tuch, who is from Syracuse. “I know what Madison Square Garden is, what it means to the city. It’s pretty cool to not only score the overtime winner, but to score in this building.”
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots in his 423rd career victory, moving him into a tie with Tony Esposito for ninth on the N.H.L. goalie wins list.
“Since the day we got him in the expansion draft, he is the leader of our group,” Coach Gerard Gallant said of Fleury. “He gives us a chance to win every night.”
Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith and William Carrier also scored for Vegas, which extended its points streak to four games. The Golden Knights blew a three-goal lead in an overtime loss to the Devils on Friday night.
Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers, and Kevin Hayes had three assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves as the Rangers dropped their third consecutive home game, all after regulation.
“It was embarrassing,” Coach David Quinn said. “You can’t come out and play hockey like that.”
The Rangers also dropped the previous two games at Madison Square Garden, letting three-goal leads slip away against Winnipeg and Arizona.
“You can’t lose your focus like we did,” said Lundqvist, who is seventh on the career wins list with 441. “In the end, you got a point. It’s one thing to lose when you’re ready and prepared and play hard.”
Kreider tied the game at 3-3 when his wrist shot sailed past Fleury’s glove at 3 minutes 29 seconds of the third period. It was Kreider’s team-leading 15th goal.
Carrier gave Vegas a 3-2 lead at 13:12 of the second period, taking the puck from Rangers forward Lias Anderrson in the neutral zone for a two-on-one break.
A little more than a minute earlier, Zibanejad had tied the game at 2-2 with a blast from the point. Hayes, who got an assist on the goal, has four consecutive multiple-point games.
Skjei scord on the Rangers’ first shot of the game 1:13 into the first period. Hayes played a puck off the boards to spring Pavel Buchnevich and Skjei on an odd-man rush.
Smith tied the game, converting when Colin Miller’s shot from the point caromed off the glass and back over the net.
Stastny scored his first of the season at 6:09 of the second period. He had signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract as free agent in July and had missed the previous 30 games with a knee injury.
Before the game, the Rangers announced that the alternate captain Jesper Fast would be out two to four weeks with an upper-body injury.
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