NEW YORK – 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.
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.
PREDATORS 4, FLYERS 3, SO: In Philadelphia, Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift Nashville.
Josi beat Flyers goalie Steve Mason for the last of a combined five shootout goals to give the Predators the needed road win as they chase a playoff spot.
SHARKS 3, PANTHERS 0: In Sunrise, Fla., Joe Pavelski, Matt Nieto and Joe Thornton scored and Alex Stalock made 24 saves for his first career shutout for San Jose. Tim Thomas made 36 saves for the Panthers.
CANADIENS 5, SENATORS 4, OT: In Ottawa, Ontario, Carey Price made 40 saves and P.K. Subban scored the overtime winner for Montreal.
Subban scored 23 seconds into the extra period.
ISLANDERS 2, LIGHTNING 1, SO: In Tampa, Fla., Frans Nielsen scored the only shootout goal and assisted on a second-period score by Thomas Vanek to lift New York.
KINGS 4, BLUES 1: In St. Louis, Trevor Lewis gave Los Angeles some unexpected offensive punch with two game-deciding plays in the third period of the Kings’ win.
WILD 4, OILERS 1: In St. Paul, Minn., Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist, Nate Prosser scored for the first time in 68 games, and Minnesota rolled.
BRUINS 4, STARS 2: In Dallas, Milan Lucic scored his first goal in 10 games and assisted on another goal to lead Boston. All of the scoring came in the final 20:04.
COYOTES 1, CANUCKS 0: In Glendale, Ariz., Mike Smith stopped 28 shots for his first shutout of the season, Antoine Vermette had a power-play goal in the first period.
JETS 5, FLAMES 2: In Calgary, Alberta, Olli Jokinen had a goal and an assist against his former team to lead Winnipeg, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. It was the Jets’ second consecutive win under new head coach Paul Maurice.