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Sabres Not So Sharp
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - January 16, 2008

by Toby Ivey

You don't often see goals by the Rangers' third line, let alone two in a game, but that was all the offense the struggling Rangers needed to beat the equally struggling Buffalo Sabres. Brandon Dubinsky and Petr Prucha lead the way with a goal and an assist each, while the Rangers PK unit, lead by Blair Betts made sure that the Sabres' would get an advantage on the man advantage.

The game was certainly not a classic by any means, but the Rangers found a way to limit their mistakes, and then to kill off a once again, unusually high number of infractions in the second period.

Turning Point
With the Rangers already down a man, Chris Drury was called for holding by the Rangers' net after a puck got away from Henrik Lundqvist. The result was a two man advantage for 1:52. The Rangers never looked in trouble, and key shot blocks by Blair Betts, along with some good pressure by Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez ensured the Rangers would maintain their slim 2-1 lead.

It's a big night when the third line contributes offense, and tonight the trio of Nigel Dawes, Petr Prucha and Brandon Dubinsky generated it all. Dubinsky's goal to get things started featured all three forwards on the play. Petr Prucha kept the puck in at the blueline, and soon after went behind the net to retrieve it. Once there he drew two defenders, but was able to slide the pass through to Nigel Dawes, who steadied the pass and then crisply fed it to Dubinsky for a quick shot over the shoulder of Miller.

The second goal (and game winner) was a classic faceoff play, with Dubinsky winning the puck back to Mara for the big shot from the center of the blueline, which Prucha tipped up and by Miller to restore the Rangers' lead.

The offense from the third line comes at a time when they've been showing increasing promise and it seemed only fair that they should ultimately be rewarded.

As to the rest of the team. Chris Drury weclomed back Brendan Shanahan and Sean Avery after injuries had kept them out of the past few games, and the trio for the most part held their own. They generated only a handful of offensive chances, but likewise gave up only a couple to the Sabres. Sean Avery looked his usual confident self with the puck, and got off a couple of good shots, while Brendan Shanahan showed no ill effects of his knee injury.

The top line was as you might expect, it's usual enigmatic best. At times dominating, the line did everything but score, while at the other end of the ice they were typically weak and gave up perhaps the best chances, including the Sabres' only goal of the game.

The good news was that Jagr was able to continue to fend off players in the offensive zone and cycle the puck, or get the shot/pass off in time...if only they could score more. The bad news was that he took two characteristically bad hooking calls in the offensive zone. Scott Gomez seemed a little off from his recent games, and Martin Straka was not much of a factor for good or ill.

Rounding out the forwards was the continued feisty play of the fourth line. Not as dominating as they have been in some games, the trio did continue to play an upbeat style. Hollweg took an unnecessary penalty after the whistle which was a black mark on his game.

Tom Renney went with the same six defensemen he has for the past three games, but made one switch, moving Fedor Tyutin back with Dan Girardi, and re-uniting Paul Mara and Marc Staal. The latter pair were perhaps arguably the best blueliners on the night, with Dan Girardi certainly a candidate too, but for the most part the Rangers blueline was not of concern.

Unlike previous games, the Rangers gave far fewer odd-man rushes, a testament also to the willingness for the Rangers' forwards to come back, but also as a result of the more conservative play that comes with having a lead.

On the negative side, Marek Malik was caught up ice on the Sabre's only goal and once again he found it difficult at times to deal with the speed of the game. Michal Rozsival, coming off one of his worst games of the season Monday night, also was not up to his best form, but did not stand out quite so badly as he did against Pittsburgh.

The forwards for their part, showed a greater commitment to defense, and although their opponents were much weaker with several starters out of the line-up, there were fewer glaring errors, and many of the penalties were not of the kind that resulted from defensive lapses.

It's still clear that Henrik Lundqvist is not at the top of his season form, but he did well enough tonight to ensure the win. There were only a couple of key saves, but there were several instances where he was unable to control the rebound that casued anxious moments around the Rangers crease.

His tendency to go down early, also shows a little his lack of confidence that he had when he was leading the league. While it was by no means a clutch performance, a win is a win, and it is hoped that the confidence will start to build once again.

Special Teams
One of the biggest stories on the night was a 1:52 minute two man disadvantage killed off by the Rangers in the second period. Blair Betts was instrumental, as he was all night on the PK and he even earned the third star of the game despite not having a single shot on goal. Several other PKers also contributed, but it was a stellar effort with even a couple of short handed chances generated.

On the Power Play, the Rangers once again failed to score when it mattered. The final power play, drawn in the second, did result in some serious pressure, but Ryan Miller made a couple of clutch saves to keep the Rangers off the board.

Power Play: 0 for 4
Penalty Kill: 5 for 5

Injury Notes
Brendan Shanahan and Sean Avery both came back from injuries to play a regular shift, and although they didn't score, they were nonetheless able to skate freely. Avery's wrist showed little ill effects and he was able to get three shots on goal, including a couple of solid wrist shots...a distinct difference from earlier in the season when he came back to shoot wide 5 or 6 times.

Jaromir Jagr likewise did not seem to be bothered by his sore feet, and skated strongly on the puck at times in the offensive zone. Jagr did however take two bad hooking penalties.

Fight Card
There were no fights in the game, with the only punch, a gloved one, thrown by Ryan Hollweg on Patrick Kaleta after the whistle had blown. Hollweg got a two minute roughing call for his troubles.

Milestones and Notes
Petr Prucha registered his 100th NHL point in the first period when he assisted on Brandon Dubinsky's goal, he followed that up with his 58th NHL goal which tied him with the Mike York as a Ranger. Mike York had 230 games for his 58 goals, Prucha just 191.

Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 20th win of the season, and has now reached that mark in all three seasons of his NHL career.

The Rangers win means that the Sabres are now 0-10 in their last ten games, with five of those losses coming in the shootout. The two points the Rangers earned, also moved them back into 7th spot in the East, moving them by Carolina, Atlanta and this weekend's opponent Boston. Boston has three games in hand on the Rangers however.

Statistical Streaks
Paul Mara - 3 games with a point (0-3-3)

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



Marcel Hossa - Healthy Scratch
Greg Moore - Healthy Scratch
Jason Strudwick - Healthy Scratch

Next Game
The Rangers and Bruins head into a home and home this Sunday with the Boston Bruins. The Bruins won the only match-up of the season, a 1-0 shootout win - 1:00pm (MSG)

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