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Saturday, February 10th 2007
MCI Center
5 Final
Box score
2
New York
RANGERS
Washington
CAPITALS
 
Forward Lines Defense Pairings
Hossa-Straka-Jagr
Avery-Nylander-Shanahan
Prucha-Cullen-Ortmeyer
Hollweg-Betts-Orr
Rozsival-Malik
Tyutin-Girardi
Ward-Rachunek
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Lundqvist
Weekes
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Dupuis - Healthy
Krog - Healthy
Ozolinsh - Injured (IR)
Pck - Healthy

Still five points out of a playoff spot, the Rangers needed to take care of business and beat the lower ranked Washington Capitals.  For the second straight game the Rangers found the offense, this time scoring three power play goals to open up a 3-2 lead before Martin Straka scored the only two even strength goals of the game, including an empty netter to seal the deal.

Henrik Lundqvist could possibly have had his second straight shutout if not for a couple of strange caroms off of the backboards, that had several Rangers question the integrity of the home team.  In both instances Lundqvist went to set up as if the puck was to go around the boards only to see it deflect out into the short slot straight to Alexander Ovechkin and then Chris Clark for their respective goals.

The Rangers didn't however let the bad luck get the better of them.  Sean Avery, who had been in the box for the tying goal on a questionable holding call, drew a retaliatory penalty from Capitals netminder Olaf Kolzig less than two minutes after Washington had tied the game.  On the ensuing power play, Michal Nylander fed a wide open Rozsival in the slot and the Rangers defenseman made it two for two on the night, registering his first multi-goal game of his career.  Martin Straka added to the lead shortly and the Rangers had effectively taken control of the game.

Ultimately it was just reward for the Rangers dominance of the Capitals though much of the fist 42 minutes, a stretch that saw them outshoot the Capitals 26-13, but with the game tied it could easily have gone the wrong way.  Once again the new lines paid dividends for the team, as did the newly configured power play units, both of which scored in just their second games together.

Ryan Hollweg stood up for his netminder after he was taken down by Brian Sutherby behind the net, and Colton Orr took on veteran enforcer Donald Brashear, it was a fairly even battle.

New York will now wait five days for their next game on the road in Carolina, a game in which the newly acquired Pascal Dupuis will likely suit up.

TURNING POINT:
Sean Avery had gone to the box to serve a dubious holding penalty which the Capitals ultimately converted on the power play.  Less than two minutes later he made amends when he drew a retaliatory power play from Capitals netminder Olaf Kolzig and allowed Michal Rozsival to score his second power play goal of the game and put the Rangers ahead for good.

GAME NOTES:
The Rangers scored five or more goals in consecutive games for the first time since the opening games of the season and it was the first time since March 27th and 29th of 2006 that they had done it without the benefit of the shootout (The Rangers opened the season with 5-2 and 5-4 wins over Washington and then Philadelphia in the shootout).

It was the first time that they'd won consecutive games by a margin of three or more goals since they'd registered 4-1 and 4-0 victories over the Lightning and Hurricanes respectively back in November.  It was the first time they'd won two games in two nights since December 9th and 10th of last year and the first time they'd scored five or more goals in two games in two nights since they won 5-4 and 8-4 over the Islanders and Bruins back in January of 2002.

Henrik Lundqvist has now let in two or fewer goals in nine of the last eleven games.  He's now gone 7-7-1 in the fifteen games in 2007 but has an impressive .920 save percentage and is allowing just 2.08 goals a game.

Jaromir Jagr became just the twelfth player in NHL history to reach 1500 points for his career.  Jagr's career now stands at 1501 points with last night's three assists, and he is just 30 back of the 11th placed Paul Coffey.  Among active players, only Joe Sakic has more points, and he is 103 points clear of the next highest European born player.  Jagr now has 13 points in 11 games (4 goals, 9 assists) with the Rangers against his former club.

Michal Rozsival registered his first two goal game of his career and is just one goal off his career high of 9 goals set in 2001-02 with the Penguins.  He's also just one point away from matching his career high of 30 set last season with the Rangers.

Martin Straka scored his first goal since January 13th, a span of 9 games.  His linemate Marcel Hossa now has 3 goals and 2 assists in the last five games after having registered just a goal and an assist in the previous 25 games.

WHO STOOD OUT:
Marcel Hossa and Jaromir Jagr both had strong games for the Rangers, and registered multiple points.  On defense, the six players were solid if not spectacular, though Tyutin and Ward both played the body moreso than in recent games, and Lundqvist turned in another solid effort and could've had a shutout if it wasn't for a couple of fluky bounces off the back boards.

Sean Avery was again noticeable as an agitator on the ice, drawing the power play that ultimately gave the Rangers the lead.  Matt Cullen also drew two power plays for the Rangers in the offensive zone.

WHO DIDN'T:
Hard to single anyone out after last night's performances.  Karel Rachunek did get beaten twice by Ovechkin, but the Washington winger ended up getting his goal from the other side of the ice.


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  Capitals 46 30 11 5 65  
  Bruins 46 27 8 11 65  
  Penguins 45 28 12 5 61  
  Islanders 43 27 12 4 58  
  Lightning 44 27 13 4 58  
  Maple Leafs 45 24 15 6 54  
  Hurricanes 45 27 16 2 56  
  Flyers 45 23 16 6 52  
  Blue Jackets 46 22 16 8 52  
  Panthers 44 23 16 5 51  
  Sabres 46 20 19 7 47  
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