DENVER -- With his NHL-leading 34th goal, on a sweeping shot as he fell in front of the net late in the third period, Rick Nash and the Rangers secured a 6-3 win Thursday night over the Colorado Avalanche.
Nash's goal restored a lost two-goal lead and the Rangers (32-16-5) improved to 2-0 on this road trip, which concludes Saturday in Phoenix.
Carl Hagelin had put the Rangers ahead 4-3 at 12:02 of the third period off a nice pass from Kevin Hayes, who had a strong game with a goal and two assists.
The goal came 1:18 after Jan Hejda brought the surging Avalanche, who trailed 3-1 after the second period, into a 3-3 tie. It was the Rangers' first shot on goal of the period after the Avalanche had 12 in a dominating first half of the period.
Ryan McDonagh scored an empty-netter with 1:01 to play.
The game had appeared to turn in a sequence late in the second period.
Gabriel Landeskog had just scored at 12:46 in the Avalanche's most sustained attack of the night at that point to cut the Rangers lead to 2-1, and Colorado had a 5-on-3 for 1:52 after J.T. Miller took a penalty and Dan Girardi was called for tripping eight seconds later with 6:30 left in the period.
But the Blueshirts killed the two-man disadvantage, and 32 seconds later, red-hot Mats Zuccarello, with his fourth goal in six games, beat Semyon Varlamov with a rising shot from the left side on a pass from Rick Nash, his fourth assist in two games.
But no lead was safe in this game.
Cam Talbot, who faced 29 shots, and stopped 14 of 16 in the third period, certainly had his moments, but allowed three goals again in raising his record to 3-1-1 while Henrik Lundqvist recovers from a blood vessel injury.
He had stopped Jarome Iginla from 17 feet away on a breakaway at 3:35 of the second, and made point-blank saves on Alex Tanguay and Dennis Everberg early in the third.
But Iginla did trim the lead to 3-2 on a rebound at 6:43 of the third, burying a rebound after a turnover by Martin St. Louis. And Tanner Glass then headed to the box, giving the Avalanche a power play at 7:02, as Colorado continued to control play.
From the start of the game, the Rangers had the forecheck going their way, and forced the Avalanche into turnovers in their own zone and in neutral ice.
They took the lead when Dan Boyle skated through the defense, deked Varlamov (25 saves), went to his backhand and scored the opening goal at 16:30. It was Boyle's fourth goal in seven games. Hayes' assist extended his point streak to four games, and McDonagh had the secondary assist. At the end of the period, the shots were 13-5 in favor of the visitors.
Hayes extended the lead to 2-0 when he bulled to the crease from the right circle and scored unassisted at 1:47 of the second period.