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Steady Freddie Scores Winner
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - March 19, 2008

by Toby Ivey

After missing out on four important points over the weekend in Florida, the Rangers bounced back with a big regulation win over one of the teams they are attempting to catch. A five goal offensive explosion was lead by Sean Avery (2 goals) and a fine performance by Henrik Lundqvist who helped steady the ship when things got a little hairy in the second period.

The Rangers have now pulled within four of the Penguins, and five of the Devils and will attempt to move closer tonight with another divisional match-up against the Devils.

Turning Point
The Penguins had tied the game early in the second in a span of 93 seconds causing Tom Renney to use his time out. The Rangers followed the break up with a big shift from the fourth line that gave the Rangers the lead for good.

Offense
It was a marked turnaround for the Rangers' forwards, who came out aggressively from the start. Brandon Dubinsky had one of his best hitting games of the year, knocking down several Penguins in the course of the game to set the tone. Jaromir Jagr contributed to both of Sean Avery's goals, the first one he drew three defenders and then found Avery for the shot, the second Avery goal he drew Hal Gill from the net and gave his winger ample time to move the puck to his forehand and beat goaltender Ty Conklin.

The Drury line also had a big night, with Callahan picking up a rebound goal and Straka tipping a shot by Conklin to make it 5-2. Both goals were setup by Chris Drury who had a big night. Just as important as their offense perhaps, was their ability to pin their opponent down with an aggressive forecheck. The Penguins had problems all night in their own zone, and Callahan and Drury in particular, but also Straka helped make sure it'd be a long night for their opponents.

If there was one line that seems to be cold at the moment, it's the trio of Shanahan, Gomez and Dawes. They were the only line that didn't score, and Shanahan appears to be having greater difficulty finding open ice or clear shots. Dawes continues to play well, particularly at the bluelines, but could use a goal or two to get the line going. Gomez' passing of late has not been good, with the center forcing the puck into bad situations too often.

Fredrik Sjostrom's goal was unassisted, but came as the result of a good forecheck by the fourth line, and then Sjostrom's ability to pick off the pass and then beat Conklin one on one. Having Sjostrom on the fourth line has really made the fourth line more of a capable threat to score.

Defense
Marek Malik returned to the line-up and was easily the best Rangers' defenseman on the ice. Malik seldom got caught out of position, and he and his defensive partner Michal Rozsival, ensured that the likes of Marian Hossa and Evgeny Malkin had little room to work with in the offensive zone.

Dan Girardi had a second period that he'd likely want to forget. Guilty of a couple of unforced turnovers in his own zone, he was bailed out by his teammates, but not after some excitement ensued. Tyutin was involved in the mix-up that lead to the game tying goal at 2-2, but largely was a solid performer on the night.

The third pairing of Marc Staal and Christian Backman were responsible for the second goal, with Staal perhaps guilty of leaving the ice too soon on a line change, though the Jagr lines' inability to get the puck deep enough for the change and their failure to prevent the breakout pass also contributed.

Goaltending
Lundqvist was a rock in the game, and made one particularly big save on Ryan Malone on the breakaway to make sure the Rangers held onto their 3-2 lead at the time. He did however contribute directly to the goal that tied the game at 2-2, failing to cleanly hand the puck to Fedor Tyutin beside the net and allowing Jordan Staal to get off two shots, including the second one off a rebound that went in.

On the first Penguins goal, Lundqvist was given no support with a bad line change by the Rangers' defense giving Jarkko Ruutu a clean breakaway. Ruutu got Lundqvist to commit and beat him high to the glove side with the Rangers' netminder sprawled on the ice.

Special Teams
There were few opportunities for either team in the match, with just three power plays called. The Rangers did little with their chances once again, but made sure the high-powered Penguins offense would not capitalize on their lone chance.

Power Play: 0 for 2
Penalty Kill: 1 for 1

Injury Notes
Malik returned to the line-up and played a strong game

Fight Card
None

Milestones and Notes
Henrik Lundqvist became the fastest Rangers netminder to reach 100 victories with the team, recording the milestone in just his 187th appearance for the club. No doubt shootouts have helped the milestone, but he achieved the mark in 11 fewer games than Mike Richter did.

Fredrik Sjostrom scored his first game winner for the Rangers since joining the club at the trade deadline. It was his 12th goal of the year, and second game winner, including his stats from Phoenix.

Sean Avery recorded his third two-goal game of the season, and he now has 7 goals and 5 assists in his last twelve games. Ryan Callahan scored his seventh goal in his 19th game since coming back from a stint with Hartford.

The Rangers two points from the win, made it mathematically impossible for the Atlanta Thrashers to catch them this season, their first team so eliminated.

Chris Drury moved to 299 career assists.

Statistical Streaks
None

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

Tyutin-Girardi
Malik-Rozsival
Staal-Backman

Lundqvist
Valiquette

Ryan Hollweg - Healthy Scratch
Paul Mara - Head (IR)
Petr Prucha - Healthy Scratch
Jason Strudwick - Healthy Scratch

Next Game
The Rangers travel across the Hudson tonight for their sixth match-up of the season with the Devils (7:00pm - 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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