Wild finish to Richter's night
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Prior to the game, the
"I'm leaving with the realization that my time spent here has been nothing short of an amazing gift," Richter said. "It's absolutely overwhelming."
Richter played for 15 years and ranks as the
"We've got to get better goaltending," New York head coach Glen Sather said. "We're starting to score some goals, but we can't give up those kinds of (bad) goals."
Gaborik's game-winner came with 6:26 left, when Roloson flipped the puck out of the
"I don't think he is playing better yet, but I think that the goal will bring him to the next level," Minnesota head coach Jacques Lemaire said. "He's young, and when a young player struggles a bit and doesn't score, he starts to worry a lot more than he should."
Just 4:34 into the contest, Minnesota scored when Gaborik sped out of his own defensive zone on the right side of the ice, and carried the puck all the way into the
The goal was just the second in the last 17 games for Nedved.
Jagr took matters into his own hands by scoring the next two goals. At the 11:22 mark of the second, Jagr bulled his way through the defense and snapped a low shot from the low slot just below Roloson's left pad.
Then at the 15:41 mark, Jagr carried into the offensive zone and was given way too much room by the Minnesota defense. He fired a shot from the right circle, then collected the rebound near the high slot, and zipped a shot past Roloson for his 20th goal and the 3-2 lead.
Zholtok scored the equalizer, his second power-play goal of the evening, 51 seconds into the third. Tic-tac-toe passing from
Richter joined Rod Gilbert (No. 7) and fellow netminder Eddie Giacomin (No. 1) as the only
During his 15 seasons with the Blueshirts, the 5-10, 190-pound Richter posted a career record of 301-258-73 in 666 appearances, along with a 2.89 goals against average, .904 save percentage and 24 shutouts.
In 76 career playoff games, Richter was 41-33, posting a 2.68 goals against average and nine shutouts.
"I played with and against some of the world's best goaltenders and arguably some of the best goaltenders of all-time," said Richter's former teammate Adam Graves. "If I had a choice going into a game where the winner takes all, he would be in the net."
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