Brad Richards was just trying to shoot the puck on net before time ran out.
Swinging a backhander from the left circle as the final seconds ticked off, Richards' shot deflected off of Keith Yandle's right leg and found its way into the Coyotes net with 0.1 seconds remaining to give the Rangers a dramatic 3-2 win over Phoenix.
''I was trying to throw something on the net and had no idea what would happen after that,'' Richards said. ''I came on the ice with 20 seconds remaining, and tried to make something happen. No, I've never been part of a finish like that.''
Richards' backhanded shot from the left circle eluded goalie Mike Smith as time ran out. The game appeared to be headed to overtime, but a video replay revealed that the puck crossed the goal line in just enough time.
The loss was frustrating for the Coyotes, who have dropped six of nine.
''Mistakes keep piling up,'' Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. ''You're giving away points like this, and it's not good. But, it is wh...