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Avalanche Wipes Out Rangers
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - December 22, 2007

by Toby Ivey

When was the last time the Rangers beat Colorado? November 20th, 2001. And you have to go back to November 5th, 1999 to find the last time they won in Denver. In that time the Rangers have now lost four of their ten losses in overtime, and once again it was a case of the point that got away.

After holding 1-0 and 3-2 leads, the Rangers once again failed to show the defensive prowess that they had earlier in the season, succombing to a team that was bother undermanned and seemingly there for the taking.

Turning Point
The Rangers were caught defending and odd-man rush in overtime after Marc Staal got caught in the offensive zone, Staal came back to provide back pressure, but his interception went straigh to open ice to allow a wide open shot that ultimately found it's way behind Henrik Lundqvist for Jeff Finger to tap in.

Offense
The Rangers whethered the first period to score the first goal and come out with a 1-0 lead. They also bounced back in the second to take the lead 3-2 after falling behind 2-1...all good signs. But with the game on the line, the Rangers appeared unable to finish the Avalanche off.

The top two lines looked dangerous at times, and both lines scored goals during the game...though the Jagr line clearly was the more effective. The third line of Prucha, Dubinsky and Callahan continue to struggle to find a way to score, with Ryan Callahan stopped on the doorstep after Brandon Dubinsky made a fine centering play. The trio also lacks confidence defensively, which means that they are becoming a liability to the team.

The fourth line tried hard, but perhaps lacked the punch they showed against Minnesota. Hollweg had a fight with one-time Ranger Ian Laperriere, but probably lost in a close decision.

Defense
The Rangers' defense has been in disarray for some time now, and the problem appears to be their ability to deal with the rush, and to an aggressive forecheck. Time and again the Rangers blueliners got stripped of the puck behind their own net, leading to scoring chances. Marc Staal floated between brilliant, and getting caught out of position...losing his man on the power play goal, and then over committing on the OT goal leading to a wide open shot that ultimately lead to the winning score.

Michal Rozsival also oscillated between strength and weakness, scoring a goal on a quick smart slap shot from the point, but turning the puck over in his own zone when under pressure. A failed attempt to clear by Jason Strudwick contributed to the Avalanche's third goal, and at times his slowness getting back looked like a liability.

The play of Fedor Tyutin and Dan Girardi continues to be a concern. After a hot start to the season, the duo have struggled to make an impression.

For the most part the forwards did their job back checking tonight, and on more than one of the goals against, a forward was covering the spot of a defenseman.

Goaltending
Henrik Lundqvit made a number of big saves in the game, getting right back in goal after being pulled last the previous night in Minnesota. With that said, the 3rd and 4th goals were the result of Lundqvist being unable to freeze the puck on the initial save, with the rebound going back to Marek Svatos on the third goal, and the OT goal trickling between his pads.

It's hard to fault Lundqvist entirely on those goals, with the Rangers defense failing to cover their men on both occasions, but it was a dampener on what was otherwise a fairly strong performance.

Special Teams
The Rangers penalty killing was significantly improved over the performance in Minnesota. The Rangers killed off five penalties in the first period alone, including a 1:43 two man advantage to end the period. Ultimately the Avalanche scored in the second period on a give and go to Milan Hejduk, but the overall performance was significantly better.

On the power play, the Rangers scored the game's first goal on a quick reaction shot by Brendan Shanahan, but were unable to capitalize further. The power play looked at times viable, but the second power play in particular looked disorganized and ineffective.

The Rangers finished 1 for 3 on the PP, and 5 for 6 on the PK.

Milestones and Notes
Marc Staal recorded his second NHL goal courtesy of the puck deflecting off him into the net for the Rangers' third goal.

The Rangers continue to struggle against the Avalanche, losing their seventh straight game to Colorado, with four of those decisions now having gone to overtime.

Michael Rozsival scored his league leading 9th goal, moving one ahead of Andre Markov, Mike Green and Dustin Byfuglien. The blueliner now is one shy of his career high set last year.

Henrik Lundqvist surpassed Glen Hanlon to move into third in terms of minutes played for the Rangers since 1982. Lundqvist now trails only Mike Richter and John Vanbiesbrouck.

Starting Lines
Straka - Gomez - Jagr
Dawes - Drury - Shanahan
Prucha - Dubinsky - Callahan
Orr - Betts - Hollweg

Tyutin-Girardi
Staal-Rozsival
Strudwick-Mara

Lundqvist
Valiquette

Sean Avery - Injured (hand)
Marcel Hossa - Healthy Scratch
Marek Malik - Healthy Scratch

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Profile of the Author:
Has been an active follower of the New York Rangers since the 1996-97 season. Began OutsideTheGarden.com in 2001, and has continued to collect data and provide analysis on the team through to the current day.

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