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New York Rangers NYR 0 1 0 1
26 SHOTS 36
26 FACEOFFS 40
26 HITS 27
2 PIM 0
0/0 PP 0/1
5 GIVEAWAYS 2
4 TAKEAWAYS 2
11 BLOCKED SHOTS 7
       

Rangers run into defensive wall vs. Blues at St. Louis

Thursday, 12.15.2011 / 10:52 PM

2011-12 Game No. 29; Road Game No. 16 Rangers' Record: 17-8-4
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Brian Elliott made 25 saves, and Alex Steen had a goal and an assist in the St. Louis Blues' 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night.

Elliott, who has won nine of his last 10, lowered his NHL-leading goals-against average to 1.43 and increased his league-best save percentage to .950.

The Blues (7-0-1) have 15 of a possible 16 points against Eastern Conference foes this season. St. Louis has now gone 9-1-3 against the Rangers since 2000-01.

Patrik Berglund, David Perron and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored for the Blues, who have points in 14 of their last 16 games.

Michael Del Zotto scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves.

Berglund opened the scoring at 7:06. Just 3:57 later, Perron tipped home Carlo Colaiacovo's shot from the left point, marking the first time the Blues had scored two goals in the first period since Oct. 22, a span of 21 games.

The Blues outshot the Rangers 13-5 in the second period, but New York got the only goal when Del Zotto beat Elliott with a backhander at 16:18 to make it 2-1.

Steen gave St. Louis its two-goal lead back when he scored 1:01 into the third period. Langenbrunner then scored into an empty net with 2:17 left to seal it.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
Thursday night was the ninth time this season that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has made 30-plus saves in a game, and he is now 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout in those contests.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Dubinsky 2. Del Zotto 3. Stralman


THE BIGGER PICTURE
Was it pretty? No. Was it a lesson learned? Yes, and that's the key point here. This Blueshirts team has shown a remarkable ability to learn lessons on the fly and turn right back around with very strong performances. This group's pride is one of its best assets.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (26:15)
Shots -- Dubinsky (5)
Hits -- Callahan (4)
Blocks -- Girardi, McDonagh (2)
Takeaways -- Four players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Richards (23)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT ST. LOUIS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin Brian Boyle John Mitchell
Brandon Dubinsky Erik Christensen Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Steve Eminger
Jeff Woywitka Anton Stralman
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Fedotenko, Richards, Callahan.
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Brian Boyle
Brandon Prust Carl Hagelin
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
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