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Two Good
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - November 1, 2007

by Toby Ivey

It's not often that you'll feel a 1-0 lead is good enough, but with the way that Henrik Lundqvist is playing at the moment, it really is starting to get that way. Unlike last year, when the Rangers were prone to giving up two goal leads, it's ben a case of the Rangers going 5-1-0 when having a lead of any sort in the game.

Not that getting a two goal lead seems to be much of a risk with the team, the way their offense has been playing. Perhaps that is indeed Tom Renney's secret strategy, to keep the game close and avoid the dreaded two goal lead.

All joking aside, the team is really making it hard for other teams to score against the Rangers, and it truly has been a team effort. The forwards have been backchecking, and applying pressure to the opposition, the defense are getting to more rebounds first and keeping the shots to the outside and when the Rangers do have breakdowns (and they certainly still do), Henrik Lundqvist has been the rock in net.

Turning Point
During the second period, Paul Mara took a chance of giving up a breakaway and poked a puck heading to the blueline back in deep before he retread back into a defensive position. The Rangers forwards would then force a weak clearing attempt that would be picked off by Brendan Shanahan who fed Marc Staal for the shot that Chris Drury deflected in net.

The top line was relatively quiet on the night, with Hossa, Gomez and Jagr registering just two shots in the game. Scott Gomez showed good vision and touch to get the puck to Michal Rozsival for the power play goal in the third. Aside from Gomez' assist, the line did not appear to give the Capitals much trouble.

Chris Drury had one of his better games as a Ranger so far, and his deflection goal showed a goal scorer's touch. Brendan Shanahan continued his shooting pace, notching another six shots on net. Nigel Dawes saw some time killing penalties for the first time, and was not out of place in the little over one minute he spent on the short handed unit.

The recently configured third line of Prucha, Dubinksy and Hollweg seems to be enjoying playing together, in what is likely their last game together for some time. Sean Avery will likely play Saturday, which would mean Ryan Hollweg will likely be heading back to the fourth line. Brandon Dubinsky continues to show promise, if not necessarily scoring touch. The rookie center appears to be getting better handling the puck, though his finishing still isn't quite there.

Petr Prucha continues to have trouble finishing, and got robbed on perhaps two occasions by goalie Olaf Kolzig.

Once again the fourth line unit wasn't called on to provide much to the game, though the inclusion of Jason Strudwick proved useful with the loss of Girardi and Malik to injury and with Fedor Tyutin serving a double minor.

The defense figured prominently in the story line tonight, for a variety of reasons. Two separate penalties on Fedor Tyutin resulted in a four minute power play to the Capitals with a little over six minutes left in the game. His line mate, Dan Girardi took a puck off the nose during that penalty kill.

Earlier in the period, Marek Malik left the ice after sliding into the boards, while his partner Michal Rozsival scored his goal during a 5 on 3, setup beside the net after carrying the puck deep.

Paul Mara and Marc Staal continue to improve as a pairing, and both figured prominently in the Rangers' first goal. Paul Mara keeping the puck in the offensive zone, and then Staal's shot that lead to the deflection into the net.

Defensively the Rangers were solid if not spectacular. The Capitals ended up with 31 shots, and there were rebound chances on more than one occasion. Marc Staal continues to show improvement, taking a hit from Ovechkin at one point and maintaining control of the puck

Of the three shutouts so far this season to Henrik Lundqvist, the one tonight was perhaps his best so far. During the first period when the team seemed to be on it's heels, Lundqvist was the constant, turning aside the Capitals' offense. A diving save in the second period was a highlight, but he topped it with even more stead play to backstop a 4 minute penalty kill in the final 10 minutes of play.

Special Teams
The special teams continue to be a positive story for ther Rangers. A big kill of a double minor to Fedor Tyutin late in the third, capped off a great night and secured the win for the team. They finished 4 for 4 on the night.

The power play chipped in too, converting 30 seconds into a 5 on 3, with Michal Rozsival slotting home a cross-ice pass by Scott Gomez to give the Rangers a two goal lead in the third. They finished 1 for 3 on the power play.

Milestones and Notes
For the first time this year, the Rangers strung together back to back wins, and they are now 5-2-0 on home ice.

Chris Drury scored his first goal since opening night, and once again it was the game winner. Marc Staal picked up his first NHL point on the goal, with the initial shot that Drury deflected into the net.

Henrik Lundqvist recorded his third shutout of the season, and the tenth of his NHL career. He is now just one behind Andy Aitkenhead for 10th all time as a Ranger.

It's the first time since the 1957-58 season that the Rangers have recorded three shutouts in the first twelve games. The Rangers now have the best goals against average in the league, passing both Ottawa and Columbus tonight.

Jaromir Jagr's goal against the Lightning on Monday was changed to Brendan Shanahan after being reviewed by the league. The puck was judged to have come off of Shanahan's skate.

Marek Malik left the game in the third period and did not return. The lanky defensemen drove to the net and slid into the end boards after being taken down. He left the ice almost immediately with what appeared to be an abdominal injury of some sort.

Dan Girardi did not return after a puck deflected off his stick and into his face. Girardi lay prone on the ice, and appeared to have a cut on his nose. He did not return for the final 5 minutes.

Starting Lines
Hossa - Gomez - Jagr
Dawes - Drury - Shanahan
Prucha - Dubinsky - Hollweg
Orr - Betts - Strudwick



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