The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, stretching their losing streak to six games.
Goaltender Ty Conklin, recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins with both Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald injured, stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced in the effort.
Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan gave his team the win at 2:42 of the overtime period. Brandon Dubinsky gained the Detroit zone and passed off to Michael Del Zotto on the left wing, who sent it back across to Callahan all alone in the high slot for a shot past Conklin.
Detroit had opened the game’s scoring just 3:36 into the first period. Henrik Zetterberg’s wrister from the top of the right faceoff circle found it’s way through a screen and past New York netminder Henik Lundqvist.
Brad Richards responded for the Rangers with 5:02 left in the opening period and Detroit down a man. The Red Wings’ left a lane up the middle of the ice open and Richards carried the puck end-to-end before skating around Niklas Kronwall and beating Conklin from in close.
It was the only power play goal of the game, with the Rangers having three tries with the extra attacker and Detroit having one.
Lundqvist finished the night with 26 saves on 27 shots against.
The Red Wings look to snap their skid on Saturday night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.
In addition to Howard and MacDonald, Detroit was without Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Patrick Eaves, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Nicklas Lidstrom.