Derek Stepan got his first goal since Jan.
That gave the group 10 goals and 29 points in the past 15 games. Mac had two tonight.
Obviously, the back end produces a lot. Smith played his first game against his former teammates after being acquired from Detroit on Feb.
The Red Wings received a late power-play opportunity when New York defenseman Steven Kampfer was called for tripping at But the Rangers were the team that capitalized. Jumping on a loose puck, they broke away on 3-on-1 and McDonagh, driving to the net, tipped in a backhand shot by Hayes to open the scoring. It was the eighth short-handed goal allowed by Detroit this season.
The Red Wings returned to the power play early in the second when Staal went off for elbowing, and this time they took advantage. Justin Abdelkader, Gus Nyquist and Nielsen passed the puck around on the edge of the Rangers crease, and Nielsen finished the play for his 14th goal at 5: Some sloppy play by the Red Wings gave the Rangers the lead with 3: He missed on his first shot, then passed to Staal, who was stopped by Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek, but McDonagh scored on the rebound.
Just 37 seconds later, the Rangers made it Hayes was left wide open at the edge of the Detroit net and converted a cross-crease pass from J. Stepan scored the only goal of the third period on a power play, taking a feed from Chris Kreider and putting it high over the sprawling Mrazek.