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Captain, Oh My Captain
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - December 26, 2007

by Toby Ivey

The story of the night for the Rangers was a big hit by Colton Orr, a big night on special teams, and a third period come back that had the Rangers chanting the names of Sean Avery and Henrik Lundqvist, as well as cheering on their captain.

Jaromir Jagr broke his scoring drought with two goals, the penalty kill stopped 6 of 7 chances including a five minute major and fifty two seconds of 6 on 3 to end the game, and the power play scored both the tying and go ahead goals in the third period to give the Rangers a much needed victory.

Even Chris Drury made a welcome appearance on the score sheet, for a night that will at least in the short term, give the team a much needed boost as they head into back to back games this weekened against the Maple Leafs and Canadiens.

Turning Point
The Rangers entered the third period trailing and staring down the barrel of a fourth straight loss. With the team on a power play, Dan Girardi shot a puck towards the net that Chris Drury tipped enough to fool Ward on the play. The puck bobbled into the net to get the game tied within the first two minutes of the third period.

Offense
For weeks we've been waiting for Jaromir Jagr to wake up. The return of Scott Gomez, and Martin Straka before him, seem to have finally generated some offensive punch on a team that has lacked it this year. Jagr's two goals tonight were both quick decision goals, and more importantly were both as a result of Jagr being in a scoring position for the pass or rebound.

The line as a whole was dangerous for periods throughout the night, but finally found their legs in the third period when they looked capable of scoring on almost all their shifts. Perhaps the most telling indication was Jagr's nine shots on goal. Jagr could easily have had a hat trick on the night, being denied by a sharp save in the second, and then just missing connecting on a Michal Rozsival feed for a back door chance on the rush.

On the second line, Sean Avery was at his stirring best, drawing several chants from the crowd as he successfully got inside the heads of the opposition. Avery ultimately was thrown from the game as he tried to fight Andrew Ladd late in the third, but the damage by then had already been done. Chris Drury had one of his better games in recent weeks, but still does not look as if he's firing on all cylinders. Brendan Shanahan continues to find scoring chances, but was denied tonight by a crossbar and a save on a sharp turn around shot in the slot.

Third line was moderately better with Petr Prucha back in the line-up, and Prucha did manage to get some shots on goal for a change (four). Still the third line needs to score goals, and until they become a threat, the rest of the team is likely going to have to carry the burden.

The fourth line continues to play with energy, and Colton Orr's hit in the second period was clearly a clean hit that the refs perhaps felt needed to be penalized because of the state of Matt Cullen after the hit. Awarding a 5 minute and tossing him from the game was clearly unwarranted.

The defense continues to contribute to the offense, with Dan Girardi perfectly positioned to pick up the rebound for the ultimate game winner, and Marc Staal's willingness to join the rush leading directly to the first goal of the game. Fedor Tyutin almost added a short handed goal during the second period when he also joined the rush, but his shot was turned away by Ward.

Defense
Tom Renney continued his recent habit of cycling his d-men, bringing Paul Mara back in the line-up and scratching Jason Strudwick. Malik paired up with Mara, and the duo wasn't as bad as you might expect from a pair that had played very limited ice time together. Mara in particular made a strong defensive play in front of his own net to prevent a chance on a loose park, while Malik's puck handling came to the fore on several occasions.

Fedor Tyutin didn't have one of his better nights, and both he and Dan Girardi continue to play at a lower level than earlier in the season, both being on the ice for the shorthanded goal against.

the pair of Marc Staal and Michal Rozsival were solid if not spectacular and Staal was guilty of at least one turnover during the game that lead to a shot against.

The forwards got a passing grade for helping out their blueliners, with Scott Gomez, Blair Betts and Chris Drury all making useful defensive plays during the game.

Goaltending
While Lundqvist does not quite look as unbeatable as he did earlier in the season, there's no doubt he still is making some of the huge saves. This was particularly the case in the third period where he stopped Ray Whitney first on the breakaway, and then on a rebound chance on the power play.

The two goals he gave up came in the second period. The first was shorthanded and Lundqivst perhaps could have better controlled the rebound which went straight to Matt Cullen who fed Scott Walker for the goal. The second Carolina tally was largely the result of a screen setup by Eric Staal and while Lundqvist was in position, there was little he could do to stop the puck.

Special Teams
For once the story of the game was the Rangers' positive performance on special teams. The Power Play scored two goals in the third to give the Rangers the lead and finished the night 2 for 6. The Shanahan unit had both the goals, though the Jagr unit has looked better in recent games.

On the penalty kill the Rangers finished the night 6 for 7, but it was the five minute kill of Colton Orr's major penalty in the second, and then 52 seconds of 6 on 3 to finish the game, that really showed the team's commitment.

Blair Betts in particular was a standout on the PK, but the whole team contributed important blocked shots, forced turnovers or timely clears.

With that said, the Canes have the current worst ranked PK in the league, and were already without three of their penalty killing forwards, and lost another during the game when Matt Cullen was knocked out by a Colton Orr hit.

Fight Card
The only real fight of the game was a result of Colton Orr's hit on Matt Cullen. Carolina defenseman Mike Commodore jumped in to his team mate's defense, but took a beating from the much more experienced fighter in Orr. Orr landed several punches before Commodore went to the ice.

Sean Avery attempted to engage Andrew Ladd in the third period, but the linesman intervened, but not enough to deny Avery landing a right on Ladd's cheek. Both players got roughing minors and were sent to the dressing rooms early with misconducts.

Milestones and Notes
Jaromir Jagr broke his longest goal streak since 1998, with his 8th and 9th goals of the season. Jagr had not scored in 10 games, but now has a five game point scoring streak (2-5-7). Scott Gomez meanwhile contines to streak along himself, extending his point scoring streak to ten games (4-10-14) and he has points in 26 of his last 29 games.

Dan Girardi picked up his first game winning goal of his NHL career, his 6th goal of the season, and the goal that gave the Rangers the lead for good.

Henrik Lundqvist passed 2000 minutes in net, and picked up his 17th win of the season, good for third in the league.

Colton Orr became the Rangers' active leader in penalty minutes, picking up 30 minutes to take his Rangers career to 250 minutes, passing Ryan Hollweg. Sean Avery also hit a penalty minute milestone, hitting 100 as a Ranger in just his 45th game in blue.

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

Tyutin-Girardi
Staal-Rozsival
Malik-Mara

Lundqvist
Valiquette

Nigel Dawes - Healthy Scratch
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Jason Strudwick - Healthy Scratch

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