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Dubie Dubie Does
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - October 11, 2008

by Toby Ivey

The Rangers came into the season with a new look that had many asking where the offense would come from. Perhaps after last night's performance, the answer will be a line of Brandon Dubinsky, Adam Voros and Nikolai Zherdev.

After two 2-1 games over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Prague, Tom Renney elected to make just one change to the line-up last night, replacing Petr Prucha with Fredrik Sjostrom, and shuffling the lines to give Adam Voros an opportunity to play up on the second line. The move paid instant dividends for the fifth year coach, with the line scoring three of the four Ranger goals on the night.

Brandon Dubinsky lead the way, but was ably supported by his linemates, who were both making their Garden debuts. The trio helped turn a sloppy game into two points, courtesy of three neutral zone turnovers that they quickly converted into goals.

Turning Point
The game was 3-2 in the third period, and the Blackhawks had regained confidence after Duncan Keith had converted a Dustin Byfuglien pass into a second goal for the visitors. Brandon Dubinsky, skating back on defense in the neutral zone, picked off an errant pass and found Adam Voros on the Hawks blueline. As Dubinsky drove to the net, Voros made a crisp pass to the trailing Nikoilai Zherdev who made no mistake, converting for his first goal as a Ranger.

Forwards
After six North American preseason games, and a pair of 2-1 wins in Tampa Bay, the Rangers were still yet to score more than two goals against an NHL opponent. Last night they needed to find a way to get more offense, and Brandon Dubinsky was happy to oblige.

The top line of Drury, Gomez and Naslund struggled much of the night to find offense. They combined on Wade Redden's first goal, but for the most part they were far too guilty of turnovers, with Scott Gomez in particular a little too loose with his passes in the offensive zone.

The same could not be said for the Dubinsky line however. All three members scored a goal, combining for seven points on the night (3 goals, 4 assists), with each goal coming off a forced neutral zone turnover.

The first of the three goals came when Dubinsky forced a turnover in the defensive zone and instead of shooting from the slot, spotted a wide open Adam Voros for the one-timer to the left of Hawks goalie Cristobal Huet. The shot appeared to beat the Hawks netminder to the short side as he attempted to move across.

Voros helped cause a bad pass on the Rangers third goal, pressuring his man at the Hawks blueline, allowing Dubinsky to intercept and go in alone on Huet. The 22 year old center found a gaping 5-hole and the Rangers were ahead 3-1.

The final Rangers goal saw all three linemates combine, Dubinsky once again intercepting a wayward pass in the neutral zone and then finding Voros who in turn caught the trailing Zherdev for the goal.

While the second line dominated, the newly formed third line, with Nigel Dawes joining Ryan Callahan and Lauri Korpikoski, struggled for the most part. Callahan was clearly the most likely to score on the night, but missed a couple of prime opportunities under pressure. Dawes and Korpikoski each failed to register a shot, and one wonders whether Dawes might soon be watching from the bench.

Fredrik Sjostrom joined the fourth line in his first action of the season, and he almost converted on a power play with a slick move in front of the Blackhawks net to beat two defenders, but pushed the puck wide on the spin move. Colton Orr and Blair Betts were quietly effective, as the fourth line looked a little less complete without Voros on the line.

Defense
Wade Redden scored in his second straight game, picking up a goal off the rebound as he drove down the left wing to open up a 1-0 lead in the first period. For the most part Redden had a solid debut in his first game at MSG, but he and his line-mate perhaps could've done better at times getting the puck out of their own zone. Rozsival in particular made several questionable passes that either resulted in turnovers, or put his forwards under pressure.

Marc Staal and Paul Mara had a relatively quiet night, though an uncalled high stick on Staal in the first period seemed to get the young defender riled up. Staal continued his solid play defensively, and had a shot in the second that beat all but the shaft of Huet's stick as he unleashed a slapshot on the rush down the right wing.

Dan Girardi and Dmitri Kalinin were also guilty of some unforced turnovers, and as a whole the Rangers will need to tighten their play up in their own zone if they are to beat the Flyers.

Goaltending
In his third straight start, Lundqvist was effective, if not spectacular. The fourth year pro made several key saves, but was not called on to make too many highlight reel ones as the Hawks seemed more intent on shooting wide on the chances that they got.

Special Teams
Surprisingly for an early season game, the special teams for both teams were given little to do. The Rangers power play did not look particularly effective in the game, struggling with the Blackhawks aggressive checking, struggling to keep the puck in the zone for the most part.

On the PK, the Rangers extended their streak to 12 straight kills, and didn't really look likely to give up a young, but potent offense that now features Brian Campbell on the point.

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

Injury Notes
Marc Staal took a stick to the chin in the first period, but didn't miss a shift and is expected to be available for tonight's game. No other injuries are reported.

Fight Card
Ryan Callahan squared off with Colin Fraser of the Blackhawks in the first period, in a bout that lasted about 10 seconds. After trading peripheral blows, Callahan appeared to get the upper hand, landing a couple of punches late in the fight and taking his man to the ice.

Paul Mara took exception to a late check by Jack Skille in the second period, and the pair traded only a couple of blows before falling to the ice, in what was not much of a battle.

Milestones and Notes
The Rangers are 3-0 for the first time since the 1989-90 season. Their best start in franchise history is 5-0 from the 1983-84 season, going on to a 9-1-0 mark in their first ten games that year. It was the third straight year that the Rangers had won their home opener at MSG.

Brandon Dubinsky took over the early points lead on the team, and now has two goals and two assists on the year.

The Rangers have killed off 12 straight penalties through their first three games, but saw their modest two game streak of games with a PP goal ended.

Streaks
Goals
Wade Redden - 2 games (2)

Points
Markus Naslund - 3 games (1-2-3)
Wade Redden - 2 games (2-1-3)
Adam Voros - 2 games (1-2-3)

Wins
Henrik Lundqvist - 3

Team
Three game winning streak
Three game home wining streak
Six games with at least two goals
Six games with at least one goal

Starting Lines
Naslund - Gomez - Drury
Voros - Dubinsky - Zherdev
Dawes - Korpikoski - Callahan
Sjostrom - Betts - Orr

Redden - Rozsival
Staal - Mara
Girardi - Kalinin

Lundqvist
Valiquette

Dan Fritsche - Healthy Scratch
Petr Prucha - Healthy Scratch
Patrick Rissmiller - Healthy Scratch

Next Game
Rangers face Philadelphia tonight (7:00pm - MSG) at the Wachovia Center


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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