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Lundqvist Dispells Devils
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - November 4, 2007

by Toby Ivey

Henrik Lundqvist once again showed us why he's been a Vezina finalist in each of his first two seasons, stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced and then all three in the shootout to allow Petr Prucha's first shootout goal since the 2005-06 season to stand as the game winner.

The Swedish netminder improved both his GAA (1.61) and his save percentage (.939) on the night, and backstopped the Rangers back to a .500 record with his third straight win and thirteenth straight start.

Turning Point
To start the third period, the Devils came out strong and immediately put pressure on the Rangers defense. The Rangers seemed to powerless to take control of the puck in their own zone, and a loose puck lay just outside the crease. With Lundqvist down, a Devils forward through the puck towards the net, only to see it stopped by the outstretched leg of the Rangers netminder.

Dan Girardi then made sure the play would go no further, stepping around several prone bodies to push the puck wide of the net and relieve the pressure.

Offense
A newly configured line-up saw Jaromir Jagr play with his third center so far this season, playing along side rookie Brandon Dubinksy. Sean Avery's return to the line-up also caused some reconfiguration of the 3rd and 4th lines, with Ryan Hollweg sliding back to his more familiar role on the 4th, and Prucha moving over to the right wing to accommodate Avery's return.

Going into the game, the Dubinsky move appeared to be unorthodox at best, but with the Rangers' offense continuing to struggle it appears that Tom Renney is reaching the point of willingness to try almost anything. As it turned out, Jagr had perhaps one of his better games so far, and looked more dangerous than he had with Gomez as his pivot.

It may simply have been a result of this being the Devils they were facing, or perhaps the implied suggestion by Renney that Jagr needed to pick up his game, but whatever the reason, it did look as if the line had a little bit more jump. On the downside, Dubinsky continues to miss prime opportunities in and around the net, and on more than one occasion got caught wondering where he should be on the ice. In his defense, there doesn't appear to be a Ranger forward who is as committed as he is to getting back and protecting the net.

The second line of Nigel Dawes, Chris Drury and Brendan Shanahan remained intact, but were largely a non-factor. Dawes was relatively quiet, while the two veterans continued to be more noticed for their defensive, rather than their offensive plays.

The best line for the Rangers was undoubtedly the Sean Avery, Scott Gomez, Petr Prucha combo, with the team's only goal coming from the unit. Gomez looked like a different player, having been moved away from Jagr and perahps also the opposition's best defenders. Avery was clearly rusty, but already showed his willingness to go to the net, which allowed Prucha to put in his best game of the season to date.

Prucha's accuracy with his shots was improved, and his four shot total tied his season high. His goal in the shootout was classic Prucha, showing confidence that he hasn't always demonstrated on the ice this season.

Even the fourth line got in the act. Ryan Hollweg appeared rejeuvenated after playing the last couple of games on the third line, and appears to be skating with more purpose again. His penalty in the first was perhaps a little questionable, but his willingness to hit was welcomed against a tough Devils team also looking to get to .500.

Colton Orr had a bout with Michael Rupp in response to a couple of Vitaly Vishnevski hits, incuding a shoulder hit on Gomez. Rupp used his longer reach to his advantage and appeared to get a modest decision over Orr.

As well as some of the combinations worked, the Rangers still looked disjointed on offense. Their inability to cash in on chances will no doubt cause them trouble over the next few games, when they face some of the higher scoring teams in the league.

Defense
With Marek Malik out with an injury, Tom Renney elected to pair Marc Staal with Michal Rozsival and to move Jason Strudwick back to play with Paul Mara. The move appeared to pay off, with the Rozsival-Staal pairing looking comfortable throughout the game.

Staal remains a confident player, and even had a late rush where he beat two defenders along the boards before he skated into the zone to send a shot towards the goal. Rozsival too looked comfortable, though for the most part he wasn't an impact on the game in either a negative or positive sense.

The pairing of Girardi and Tyutin had their moments, with Girardi once again in the right place at the right time to break up several key opportunities. The duo still does not look as sharp as they perhaps were earlier in the season, but it may very well be because they are now seeing a higher level of opponent most nights.

Strudwick and Mara were on for the Devils' only goal, and perhaps got caught watching the puck carrier, rather than dealing with their men. Sean Avery ultimately was the player who let his man get free, but neither defender was in good position to defend against it. As the game went on, Strudwick appeared to settle down, and did not get beat again.

Goaltending
The story continues for Henrik Lundqvist, who once again lowered his already miserly goals against average. The third year goalie also didn't allow a goal in the shootout to preserve Petr Prucha's marker as the game winner. Lundqvist has allowed just one goal on six shootout attempts so far this season.

In terms of regulation, Lundqvist made two spectacular saves. The first was on a rebound shot early in the third period where his left leg was in perfect position to stop the attempt, despite numerous bodies in and around the crease. The save gave Dan Girardi enough time to clear, and was made more by being in perfect position than by intent.

Perhaps the play of the game though, was a third period clearing attempt that went straight into Girardi and caused Lundqvist to have to make three consecutive saves as the Devils attempted to beat Lundqvist, who was well out of his crease. The Swede made each save as he drew back to the crease, stopping the last one, again with his left leg on the line, as the Devils attackers piled on top of him.

Special Teams
The power play continued to falter against the worst PK unit in the league. The Devils had given up a power play goal in each of their games this season, but held the Rangers to 0 for 4 in the game. The Rangers PP is still ranked 22nd in the league.

The penalty kill saw little action last night, called on to kill just three penalties, and none after the start of the second period. They remain ranked third in the league, killing of 90.2% of their penalties (56 of 61).

Milestones and Notes
The Rangers reached .500 for the first time since October 12th, and are now tied with the Penguins for 8th spot in the East. They also have now won two straight games against the Devils, whom they'll next meet on the 14th for the first time at the new Newark arena.

Marcel Hossa got promoted for the first time to the first three shooters in the shootout, despite not having scored this year. Hossa beat Brodeur, but sent the puck over the net. Petr Prucha scored his first shootout goal since his rookie season. He was 0 for 6 last year. Nigel Dawes also got promoted to the top three for the first time, and is now 0 for 2 life time.

Henrik Lundqvist is now ranked 4th in the league in GAA (1.61), 5th in the league in Save% (.939) and has played the third most minutes (783:13) of any goalie.

Scott Gomez's goal was his first against his former team, with Fedor Tyutin picking up his first assist on the season on the goal. Gomez also picked up his first penalty minutes as a Rangers, a dubious call that put the team on a 3 on 4 PK to start the second period.

Injury Update
Sean Avery returned to the line-up and while he looked rusty (five shots sent wide), he certainly contributed to the first goal by setting the screen that helped create the rebound for Gomez's goal.

Marek Malik says he's feeling better, but remains day to day. Martin Straka is close to resuming skating on his own, while Callahan remains off the ice.

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

Tyutin-Girardi
Staal-Rozsival
Strudwick-Mara

Lundqvist
Valiquette

Ryan Callahan - Injured (knee)
Marek Malik - Injured (ribs/back)
Martin Straka - Injured (finger)

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The Rangers host the Flyers on Monday in their last game of their six game homestand, and the first of three games in four nights - 7:00pm - Versus


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