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Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - November 22, 2007

by Toby Ivey

After Monday's loss to the Islanders, the Rangers could easily have slipped into a funk facing one of the hottest sides in the league. The Blueshirts had not beaten the Lightning in three straight games at the St Pete Times Forum, and faced a team that had gone 5-0-1 in their last six games, and had outscored their opponents 27-11 over that period.

Henrik Lundqvist made sure the Rangers wouldn't need many goals to win and Fedor Tyutin and Colton Orr made sure that it would be the Rangers who would leave with the two points.

Turning Point
With the Rangers leading 2-0 late in the third, the Lightning appeared to get a goal that the refereer immediately waved off. Video review of the goal showed the puck apparently crossing the line, but it was difficult to say with certainty that the puck had completely crossed.

Finally the Rangers' forwards scored a goal, although in the end it was a complete surprise who put the puck in the back of the net. Colton Orr made it 2-0 early in the third period and the goal would ultimately prove to be the game winner.

The traditional fourth liners actually picked up two points on the night, with Blair Betts getting a secondary assist on Fedor Tyutin's goal in the first. Betts and Greg Moore alternated between the third and fourth lines depending on the situation.

The new third line with Hossa and Prucha on the wings had the best first period of any of the lines, with Hossa rebounding with a solid offensive performance after several with little to no contribution. Jaromir Jagr and Chris Drury also looked happier playing on the top line, with Drury moved to the left wing alongside Jagr and Brandon Dubinsky.

The Gomez line again was relatively quiet, and Sean Avery's profile remains low since his inspiring performance against the Maple Leafs that drew a fine and reprimand from the league.

With Michal Rozsival out for the night, Tom Renney readjusted the defensive pairings accordingly. The top pair of Tyutin and Girardi remained intact and had a moderate night. Tyutin made it six goals in a row by defensemen when he scored in the first period, but for the most neither player stood out.

Paul Mara joined Marc Staal for the second pair and it appeared a difficult adjustment for the veteran. Staal too made a few uncharacteristic mistakes on the night, and neither looked completely comfortable.

Ivan Baranka making his NHL debut looked pretty steady and made a couple of plays that suggested he's more confident than many rookies put in the same position. A solid hit in the neutral zone was a highlight, as was a third period stand at the Rangers' blueline where he denied three straight attempts by the Lightning to dump the puck in.

Henrik Lundqvist was 16.7 seconds away from his fifth shutout of the season, but was perhaps fortunate that an apparent goal was waved off earlier in the third after the overhead view was ruled inconclusive thanks to some glove work by Brendan Shanahan.

Overall Lunqvist looked at his confident best, and most of his saves were simply a result of him being in position prior to the shot being taken.

Special Teams
Tom Renney once again adjusted the power play units and went with the Gomez line and the Jagr line as distinct units. The power play didn't score, but appeared to be more effective in generaing shots on net.

The penalty kill was pretty good agsinst one of the more dangerous units in the league, and was a perfect 4 for 4 on the night. They even drew an even-up call on the first power play to the Lightning.

Milestones and Notes
Colton Orr scored his first goal of the season, and his third of his NHL career. It was the game winner, and he now has two of his three NHL goals as game winners.

Orr became the last of the three fourth liners to score a point this season, with Blair Betts gettign a secondary assist on the Rangers first goal, and Ryan Hollweg picking up his first point just two games prior.

Brendan Shanahan brought up his 100 shots on goal in the game, and it took him just 22 games to do so. He's on pace to reach 380 for the season.

Ivan Baranka got a primary assist on Orr's goal in his first NHL game. Greg Moore also made his NHL debut afetr being called up twice previously, but not being used.

Injury Notes
Jason Strudwick was able to play, and paired with rookie Ivan Baranka, who replaced Michal Rozsival in the line-up.

Sean Avery left the ice after receiving a Brendan Shanahan slap shot off of the hand. Immediate x-rays revealed no broken bones.

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



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

Next Game
The Rangers wrap up their Florida trip with a game in Sunrise against the Panthers Friday - 7:30pm - MSG

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