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How The West Was Won
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - February 17, 2008

by Toby Ivey

Going into this weekend, the Rangers were in ninth place in the East, had played two or more games than the teams they were competing with and were facing match-ups against the hottest team in the East and a Western Conference team that had the best road record in the league, with just six regulation losses.

Forty Eight hours later, and the Rangers now find themselves back in the playoff hunt with back to back home wins over Buffalo and San Jose. Henrik Lundqvist finished the weekend with a respectable 58 of 60 shots, while home grown draft picks Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan recorded back to back 1st stars of the game.

Turning Point
After one period, the Rangers had come back to tie the game and entered their statistically worst period of the season. They also had struggled through 38 straight fruitless power plays and were setting up for a 39th.

Sharks forward, Milan Michalek stickhandled through the defense and put a shot on Lundqvist that he stopped and the Rangers quickly turned the puck up the ice. Chris Drury took the shot, put it past Nabokov and the Rangers had their first lead of the game.

Offense
Yesterday it was the Jagr line that lead the charge, and while they did show some offensive spark, it was the Drury, Callahan, Straka line that had the best showing today. Ryan Callahan deserved his first star of the game, and the final shift of the game that earned him the empty netter and second goal of the game.

Chris Drury was a force all day, and created turnovers both shorthanded and at the Sharks' blueline, driving the offense of his two linemates. Callahan had six shots on goal, and setup in the slot for the pass that gave him the first Rangers goal after significant pressure. Chris Drury kept the offense going in the second with a seldom seen wrister off the rush that beat Nabokov to his left.

Gomez, Shanahan and Dawes had the least offensive pressure in the game. Shanahan appears still to be working back into his game. Scott Gomez has not been particularly visible in either game, aside from one or two plays, while Dawes continues to search for his next goal.

The fourth line struggled at times when matched against the Sharks' top line, but performed better when matched with other San Jose lines.

Defense
For the second straight game, the Rangers blueline played an undistinguished, but effective game. Again they gave up 30+ shots, but for the most part there were few odd-man rushes, and the Rangers scrambled effectively when Lundqvist gave up a rebound.

Both Dan Girardi (Saturday) and Fedor Tyutin (today) have now signed contract extensions, and Tyutin appears to have taken the added security to heart. Tyutin wasn't spectacular during today's game, but he continued to quietly play with more physicality, especially along the defensive boards. Today the pairing of Girardi and Tyutin were a +2, being on the ice for both of Ryan Callahan's goals.

Michal Rozsival played fairly steadily, but his partner got caught up ice on at least one occasion allowing Joe Thornton and Milan Michalek to get a two on one. Rozsival successful defended the pass, and Thornton shot wide. The Strudwick and Mara pairing also had their moments, but did enough to keep the Sharks off the board.

Perhaps the strongest aspect of the Rangers' defense in recent game though has been the commitment of the forwards, and once again the likes of Gomez and Drury were amongst the leaders in forcing defensive zone turnovers, and even Nigel Dawes got in the act with a couple of timely clears of loose pucks around the crease.

Goaltending
Ask Lundqvist himself, and he'll probably say he had an okay game. The third year netminder battled much of the game against loose pucks around the net, and plenty of traffic.

The goal he gave up was a weak one, fumbling the puck as it bounced around, and ultimately deflecting in off the end of stick. Lundqvist continues to struggle to control the rebounds, and almost gave goals up twice in the third with loose pucks in the crease, the first resulting from a glove save that he couldn't hold on.

On the positive side, Lundqvist made many saves look simple by being in the right position and making sure that the shooter had little net to aim for. He was not as aggressive as his opponent, but Lundqvist has almost always played back in his net.

Perhaps one of his best plays in the game wasn't even a save, Forcing Joe Thornton to try and shoot the perfect shot on a 2 on 1, and seeing the puck go high and wide.

Special Teams
The Rangers broke a futility streak of 38 straight power plays without a goal when Chris Drury rifled a shot by Evgeni Nabokov on their second PP opportunity. The Rangers looked pretty good in limited action against the league's second best rated PP unit, though to say they've turned things around is still a ways off.

The Rangers had only one penalty in the game to kill off, a Jaromir Jagr hook in the first, and gave the Sharks no chance to set up, even forcing an icing.

Power Play: 1 for 3
Penalty Kill: 0 for 1

Injury Notes
Marc Staal is expected to be available to return to the line-up Tuesday after losing ten pounds from the flu. Petr Prucha and Staal both skated in practice.

Fight Card
There were no fights in the game.

Milestones and Notes
Ryan Callahan earned the first star of the game by scoring his 4th and 5th goals of the year, the second was his first Empty Net Goal of his career, and just the third of the year for the Rangers as a team. It also surpassed his modest career high of four goals set last year.

Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 93rd win, which ties him John Davidson for 8th all time amongst Blueshirt goaltenders. He's now just five behind Gilles Villemure for 7th all time, and just seven away from 100 NHL wins. Lundqvist also surpassed his rookie season minute total of 3111 today.

Chris Drury scored his team leading 19th goal, breaking a tie with Brendan Shanahan. The goal also was his 10th on the power play (leads the team) and his fifth game winner (also leads the team).

It was the first time the Rangers had won in ten attempts against the Western Conference. They finish the season with a disappointing 1-7-2 mark against the West.

Statistical Streaks
Gomez - 4 game point scoring streak (1-4-5)
Drury - 3 game point scoring streak (2-2-4)
Sraka - 3 game point scoring streak (0-4-4)
Callahan - 2 game point scoring streak (3-0-3)
Shanahan - 2 game point scoring streak (1-1-2)

Callahan - 2 game goal scoring streak (3 goals)

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

Tyutin-Girardi
Malik-Rozsival
Strudwick-Mara

Lundqvist
Valiquette

Marcel Hossa - Back (sent to Hartford for conditioning)
Petr Prucha - Shoulder
Marc Staal - Flu

Next Game
The Rangers travel back up to Montreal for their final meeting of the season with the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday (7:30pm - MSG)


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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