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Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - November 11, 2007

by Toby Ivey

It took a backup goalie who hadn't played a game this season for the Rangers to finally break their road jinx. Stephen Valiquette shut the door in the shootout to deny Toronto their second straight win over the Rangers this season.

The veteran goalie, with just 12 NHL games to his credit, looked very much the poised backup that the Rangers had been counting on. His play certainly belied his lack of NHL experience (or game practice for that matter), with only a late third period flurry catching him out of position.

At the other end of the ice, Brendan Shanahan and Sean Avery made sure that the Rangers would have the opportunity to win the game, by putting the visitors up 2-0

Turning Point
The Rangers went into the shootout with high hopes, and Stephen Valiquette made sure that they would have nothing to worry about. Valiquette stopped Nik Antropov on the first shot, and then forced Mats Sundin wide to setup Marcel Hossa for the game winner.

It didn't show up on the score sheet, but Jaromir Jagr had a strong game, drawing two penalties by himself simply by controlling the puck in the Toronto zone. Jagr still appears both reluctant to shoot, and relatively ineffective when he does, but it was a positive sign to see him working the puck so well.

Marcel Hossa appears to be working himself off the top line. His struggles offensively continued, though his value in the shootout was once again shown, beating Toskala easily for the shootout winner. Brandon Dubinsky did not threaten to score tonight, and had a relatively quiet night after scoring his first goal on Thursday.

The Rangers' second line was the story of the night. Scott Gomez and Sean Avery have quickly shown chemistry together, and now Brendan Shanahan appears to be picking up on the energy. The trio teamed up for two quick goals early in the second period to put the Rangers up 2-0. Sean Avery in particularly got under the skin of Darcy Tucker, starting off with some antics in the pre-game warmup and ending up with a fight between the two well-known pests.

Chris Drury appears to be struggling on the third line, and his line mates (Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes) are not helping things out. Dawes continues to show moments of flash, but needs to improve his shift to shift work if he hopes to stick around when Callahan and Straka come back from injury. Petr Prucha likewise could find himself on the outer if he doesn't find some offense.

The fourth line were largely used sparingly once again, and did their job when called upon.

It appears that Dan Girardi is starting to quietly add some offense to his already steady defense. Girardi continues to be the Rangers' most reliable blueliner, but is starting to see a serious challenge from Marc Staal. The rookie d-man made several good defensive plays once again, including one play at the end of a long shift where he took the puck away from Mats Sundin behind the Rangers net.

Fedor Tyutin has not been particularly noticeable for a long stretch now, and has not been hitting anywhere near as much as he was earlier in the season. Hopes for Paul Mara breaking out offensively appear to have been a little premature too.

Michal Rozsival does not appear to be having troubles adapting to playing with Staal, and some would say he's actually been better because of his pairing with the rookie.

It surprised some that Tom Renney went with Stephen Valiquette on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Rangers had not won a game on the road all year, and Stephen Valiquette had not played a game that matted since February.

Someone forgot to tell Valiquette apparently. The 30 year old native of Etobicoke, Ontario put on a show for his parents in attendance. Stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced and then both shootout chances to get the Rangers that first win.

For the most part, Valiquette looked poised and well positioned and managed to stop some good shots, including a breakaway that he secured between his pads. He definitely did not look nervous, nor a goaltender that hadn't played this year.

Special Teams
To say the power play looked awful, would have been an understatement. Even with four forwards on the ice to start the overtime period, the Rangers struggled to get a shot off and they didn't get close to a second shot.

The PK did their job, but only had limited penalties to kill off all night. One of the Toronto goals did come off a turnover however, just four seconds after Scott Gomez's penalty was kicked off

Milestones and Notes
The Rangers won their first road game of the season, and now have six wins in their last seven wins in their last nine games. It was the second straight win for Stephen Valiquette as a Ranger, though the last one came back in February against the St Louis Blues, also a 3-2 shootout victory.

Scott Gomez extended his point streak to six straight games (2G 5A), his line mate Sean Avery now has points in three straight games (2G 3A). Dan Girardi added an assist and now has three assists in the last two games.

Tom Renney picked up his 100th victory as head coach of the Rangers in his 201st game.

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



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

Next Game
The Rangers play their second of four straight on the road Wednesday, when they make their first visit to the new home of the New Jersey Devils - 7:00pm - MSG

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