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Thursday, February 15th 2007
RBC Center
4 Final
Box score
1
New York
RANGERS
Carolina
HURRICANS
 
Forward Lines Defense Pairings
Hossa-Straka-Jagr
Avery-Nylander-Shanahan
Dupuis-Cullen-Ortmeyer
Hollweg-Betts-Prucha
Rozsival-Malik
Ward-Rachunek
Tyutin-Girardi
Goaltending
Lundqvist
Weekes
Scratches
Orr - Healthy
Krog - Healthy
Ozolinsh - Injured (IR)
Pck - Healthy

New York kept the pressure on tonight, picking up their third straight win, and fourth straight game where they've earned at least a point.  A perfect performance on special teams, garnered the Rangers a 4-1 win, and more importantly pulled them two points closer to both 7th and 8th places in the Eastern Conference Standings, and a chance to make up some more ground this weekend with games against the Flyers and Blackhawks on home ice.

The story of the game though was really the Rangers special teams.  New York put up three power play goals for the second straight game, and are now ranked 7th with Boston in the league on the power play.  The penalty kill was perfect, and clearly dominated the Hurricanes in the latter stages of the game.

It was a disciplined effort by a team that has had varying success this year maintaining their intensity for the full 60 minutes.  Henrik Lundqvist survived some early chances to have a relatively easy game - facing just 24 shots on the night - stopping all but a 2 on 1 breakaway by Eric Staal and Andrew Ladd.

The performance was equally impressive when you factor in the five day layoff and a travel plans that included re-scheduling of flights and times after their charter was stuck in Boston due to weather conditions.  The team eventually arrived 10pm Wednesday night, preventing former Hurricanes Aaron Ward and Matt Cullen from catching up with some old friends in the area.

Jaromir Jagr was certainly again one of the leaders on the ice.  The birthday boy - 35 on the day - skated with purpose and energy and hit two posts in the first period of the game.  His effort and skill ultimately leading to the first Rangers goal when he skated down the far wing, drawing three of the four defenders and then feeding Michael Nylander on the other side of the goal for a quick wrist shot over the impressive Cam Ward.

With less than a minute to go in the period though, Karel Rachunek misplayed the puck at the Hurricanes blueline and allowed Staal and Ladd to break in on Aaron Ward.  Ward attempted to block the pass by sliding towards Staal, but mistimed the play and allowed Ladd to catch Lundqvist attempting to slide across, ultimately having the puck deflect in off him.

Rachunek made amends in the second period when his shot from the point made it 2 for 2 on the power play for the Rangers with Sean Avery battling Mike Commodore in front.  Just seconds after the ensuing faceoff, the Hurricanes did have their own opportunity to tie the game up again, but the puck somehow stayed out and the Rangers' 2-1 lead was preserved.

Pascal Dupuis deflected a Matt Cullen cross-crease pass up over Ward for his first as a Ranger, and Avery once again provided the screen as the Rangers rounded out the scoring with Shanahan picking up a rebound and slotting it home from a tough angle.

The Rangers certainly benefited from the Hurricanes' recent spate of injuries.  Already without Erik Cole and Cory Stillman, the Canes lost Justin Williams (upper body) and Bret Hedican (concussion) during the game.  The important point though is the Rangers did what they had to do and now face the possibility of keeping their momentum going against the struggling Philadelphia Flyers.

TURNING POINT:
The Rangers had just gone ahead for the second time in the game and the Hurricanes immediately came down and put the puck into the crease.  Some good fortune and play by the Rangers kept the puck out, and the 2-1 lead was preserved.

GAME NOTES:
The Carolina goal in the last minute of the first period was the 117th given up this season by Henrik Lundqvist, topping last year's total of 116 in eight more appearances.

The Rangers moved within three spots of a playoff spot, and actually have their playoff destiny in their own hands with games in hand and games against the teams they're chasing.

Pascal Dupuis made his Rangers debut wearing #61.  He is the first player to wear the number as a Ranger.  Dupuis scored his first goal in his new uniform, the 11th of the season for the Laval, Quebec native.

Sean Avery picked up two assists, and now has four points (1G, 3A) in as many games since joining the Rangers.

The Rangers were perfect on the penalty kill and power play, going 3 for 3 on each.  They also broke a string of five straight losses down in North Carolina.

The recent success on the power play (6 goals in the last two games) has moved the Rangers up to a tie with Boston for 7th in the league with the man advantage.

The Rangers have had a fight in each of their last three wins.

WHO STOOD OUT:
Jaromir Jagr skated and played hard tonight (his 35th birthday), and was rewarded with two posts and an assist.  Sean Avery contributed to two goals by going to the net and screening the goalie.  He picked up two assists as well.

WHO DIDN'T:
Michal Rozsival had a tough time early in the game, but appeared to settled down as the game went by.  Blair Betts' move to the 4th line has as been less noticeable as a result, and Petr Prucha continues to struggle to finish.  Karel Rachunek contributed to the Hurricanes only goal, but made some amends with his own goal in the second period.


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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  
  Rangers 44 21 19 4 46  
  Canadiens 46 19 20 7 45  
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