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Jagr Powers Rangers Past Leafs
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - December 29, 2007

by Toby Ivey

In the most dominating performance of the season, the Rangers gave Toronto an old fashioned beating. With the power play lighting up the lamp on a regular basis, New York cruised to their 19th win of the season.

Stephen Valiquette was solid in net, turning away 27 of 28 shots, but it was the special teams lead by Jaromir Jagr (1 goal, 3 assists) and Petr Prucha (2 goals) that powered the visitors home. By the time Prucha scored his second goal of the night to make it 6-0, the only question was how much the win would be, not whether it was in doubt.

The win sets up the Rangers for a match-up against the streaking Montreal Canadiens tomorrow and a solid finish to 2007.

Turning Point
With the Rangers leading 2-0, and the Leafs on the power play to start the second, it took almos the entire team to keep the puck out of the net. Valiquette was unable to freeze the puck by the net and Mats Sundin played catch with one of his team mates before he tried to thread a puck through a Rangers crowd in the crease. The puck was kept out, and the Rangers ultimately cleared with the score still at 2-0.

The fourth line may not have had the best night defensively, with the Maple Leafs getting some of their few offensive chances with the Betts line on the ice, but they did get the team on the scoreboard with a rare Blair Betts wrap-around goal to start the Rangers' night off right.

The Straka-Gomez-Jagr line continues to be the one that drives the Rangers' offense and they could have easily had 3 or 4 goals at even strength if shots had gone on net instead of wide or over the top. Gomez missed two sharp chances breaking to the net, while Jagr broke in on the off wing to put a shot wide with Raycroft over committing on the play.

Sean Avery drew the Rangers' first power play, and made several smart plays in the game, but was largely less of an agitator, something he ultimately didn't need to be with the way the game went. Brendan Shanahan finally cashed in on the 5 on 3 after being denied just seconds before, but Chris Drury was pretty much a non-factor on the night.

The third line saw two goals from Petr Prucha and three assists from Brandon Dubinsky, but are still looking for some offense at even strength. Prucha scored on a sharp redirection to break his drought, and then scored a goal of old from the blind side on the PP. Brandon Dubinsky had one of the best games of his short career, and his passing continues to be a high point of his game.

The blueline for once, had little to contribute offensively, but they moved the puck well and kept the puck in the zone.

Tom Renney rolled out the same set of six blueliners that had backstopped the 4-2 win over Carolina earlier in the week. For the most part though, the defense was hardly called upon in the game, though when they were called upon, they stepped up to force the turnover or block the shot. Scott Gomez and Brandon Dubinsky have both impressed recently with their ability to force the turnovers against their opposing numbers, and they once again did so tonight.

The blueline was steady, though not spectacular. Marc Staal perhaps had the best plays on the night, but the pair of Dan Girardi and Fedor Tyutin continue to be a cause for concern. Both were on the ice for the only goal against and were caught in the neutral zone allowing Tucker to break in alone.

Paul Mara and Marek Malik recorded the only infractions by Rangers on the evening, and while Mara's was a necessary one to stop a breakaway, Malik's stick hold late in the third was the kind of thing that helped put him on the bench in the first place. The best thing that could be said for the pair is that they did not feature for good or ill in the game.

The Rangers forwards came back strong to apply back pressure, and several shots were blocked by forwards, even when the score was 6-1.

Stephen Valiquette returned to the line-up to record his second win of the season, the previous one also coming in Toronto. Valiquette once again looked economical in his movements, and helped get the Rangers off to a good start with some solid saves early on. The only goal against came in the third period with the Rangers already leading 6-0 and was off a breakaway that caught the goalie moving to his right.

It was a shame that Valiquette didn't earn the shutout, as his play was solid all night.

Special Teams
Five goals on ten power plays was the story of the night for the Rangers. After failing to score on their first opportunity with the man advantage, the Jagr unit took over, featuring in all five power plays on the night. Petr Prucha scored twice, Jagr and Straka also scored, while Shanahan scored on one of three 5 straight 5 on 3s that the Rangers had in the second.

The penalty kill saw little action all night, needing to kill off just two penalties, the second of which was cut short by another Toronto penalty.

The Rangers finished the night 5 for 10 on the PP and 2 for 2 on the PK

Fight Card
The last time the Rangers played the Maple Leafs, Colton Orr and Wade Belak squared off with Belak leaving Orr with a black eye and some wounded pride. The two squared off again tonight with Belak dropping the gloves and going after Orr before he had a chance to react. Orr recovered from the tough start and at the very least evened up the fight against the bigger Belak.

Milestones and Notes
Brendan Shanahan registered his 640th NHL goal to move into a tie for 11th all time with Dave Andreychuk. Jaromir Jagr moved by Larry Murphy to take over 14th all time in assists. Jagr is now just four behing Al MacInnis for 13th.

The last time the Rangers scored five power play goals was back on March 9th, 1996. The team also scored six goals for the first time this year, and now have ten goals in their last two wins and eight on the power play.

Stephen Valiquette tied his career high with his second NHL win of the season. Valiquette also had two wins in three games when he played for the Islanders back in the 1999-00 season.

Scott Gomez set a career best with a point in his 11th straight game, while Jagr has now scored goals in two straight games after failing to register a goal in the previous ten games.

Petr Prucha scored his first goal after a nineteen goal drought, and added a second in the third period. Sean Avery assisted on the first Prucha goal as the Czech recorded his first power play goal of the year, and Avery his first power play point.

Colton Orr got his first assist of the year, on Blair Betts' first period goal. It was the first time that Betts has scored against a goalie this year, with his previous one into an empty net.

The Rangers evened up the season series at 2-2, with both teams having won on the road. The teams won't meet again this season unless they go to the playoffs.

Statistical Streaks
Scott Gomez - 11 games with a point (4-11-15)
Jaromir Jagr - 6 games with a point (3-8-11)
Brendan Shanahan - 2 games with a point (1-2-3)

Jaromir Jagr - 2 games with a goal (3)

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



Marcel Hossa - Healthy Scratch
Jason Strudwick - Healthy Scratch

Next Game
With their season series wrapped up against the Maple Leafs, the Rangers return home tomorrow to face the Canadiens in their first match-up of the year - 7:00pm (MSG)

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

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