In the dynamic realm of hockey, the sport offers a plethora of highlights that linger in our memories. The New York Rangers, a team with a rich history, have contributed numerous moments that resonate with many fans. In this feature titled “Remember When,” we delve into some of these moments—some noteworthy, others less so.
In this particular installment of “Remember When,” we revisit the Michal Rozsival OT winner against the Buffalo Sabres on April 29th, 2007.
Michal Rozsival, one of the Rangers better offensive defensemen at the time, entered the pivotal games of the season with uncertainty due to his nagging left knee injury. After leaving the series opener early in Buffalo and pushing through Game 2 despite another hit to his ailing leg, Rozsival returned to the Rangers’ blue line in the crucial matchup on Sunday.
In a dramatic turn of events, his powerful shot found the net in double overtime, securing a 2-1 victory and injecting new life into the Rangers’ playoff campaign.
Rozsival managed to navigate the puck through traffic, hitting the post behind a screened goalie, Ryan Miller, at the 16:43 mark of the second overtime. This crucial goal not only secured New York’s first win over the Sabres in seven attempts during the season but also marked the end of the Rangers’ lengthiest game in exactly 36 years.