Raanta keeps Blackhawks at bay, shootout success for the Wild

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The New York Rangers earned an overtime win over the Chicago Blackhaws in the NHL on Friday, with more than a little help from goaltender Antti Raanta.

Raanta, traded to the Rangers from the Blackhawks last year, made 26 saves in shutting out his former employers in a 1-0 success at United Center.

It was a game dominated by the goalies, with Raanta's opposite number Scott Darling making 36 stops for his team, who saw Marian Hossa's goal in the third ruled out for offside.

Darling was finally beaten 55 seconds into the overtime period, Nick Holden firing one past him as the Rangers moved to 19-9-1.

 

"THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR THE TEAM"

Raanta was starting his second game in as many days, after Thursday's 2-1 win at the Winnipeg Jets.

Regular first choice Henrik Lundqvist had to settle for a place on the bench once more and, before the game against the Blackhawks, coach Alain Vigneault explained his decision.

"I think everybody knows Hank's the guy, and Hank's our number one but at this time, I think Antti's game is just a little bit better than Hank," Vigneault said.

"We need to win hockey games, and Antti played real well last night, wasn't real busy. This is a familiar spot for him, so we just thought it was the right thing to do for the team."

It certainly paid off for Vigneault and the Rangers.

 

WILD EDGE OILERS IN SHOOTOUT

There was a tense finale at the Xcel Energy Center as the Minnesota Wild prevailed 3-2 in a shootout against the Edmonton Oilers.

The game had finished 2-2 in regulation, Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker on target for the hosts while Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins replied for the Oilers.

Shootout glory went to the Wild, though, Jason Pominville, Chris Stewart and Eric Staal all successful while Connor McDavid was among those to miss for the Oilers.

 

HOLDEN STRAIGHT OFF THE BENCH FOR THE WINNER

4-1 THE ORDER OF THE DAY

The Washington Capitals, Columbus Blue Jackets and St Louis Blues were all victorious by four goals to one, over the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils respectively.

Friday's other game saw the Anaheim Ducks overcome the San Jose Sharks 3-2.

 

CAN THE FLYERS CONTINUE TO SOAR?

Saturday's action sees the Philadelphia Flyers aim to make it eight straight wins when they host the Dallas Stars.