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McDonagh stars in homecoming as Rangers top Wild

Tuesday, 03.27.2012 / 10:42 PM

2011-12 Game No. 76; Road Game No. 38 Rangers' Record: 48-21-7
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Ruslan Fedotenko's go-ahead goal in the third period gave the Rangers a 3-2 victory on Tuesday over the Minnesota Wild and more space in the tightened Eastern Conference playoff race.

Marian Gaborik also scored, frustrating the fans of his former team, and Brian Boyle had a goal for the Rangers.

Kyle Brodziak and Mikko Koivu scored power-play goals for the Wild, but Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was otherwise his normally stellar self.

With 6:23 left, Fedotenko scored on a pass from Ryan McDonagh that glanced off Wild defenseman Marco Scandella. McDonagh had two assists.

With an assist from the last-place Islanders, who beat Pittsburgh 5-3 earlier in the evening, the Rangers were able to stretch their lead in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference race to three points over the Penguins, 103-100.

Midway through the first period, Wild goalie Josh Harding couldn't quite control the puck during a scrap in front of the crease and Brandon Dubinsky poked it free. His shot hit the post, but Boyle was there -- actually behind Harding- - to knock it in for the lead.

After Minnesota tied it 1-1 in the second period, Brad Richards won a faceoff in the Wild zone by sending the puck backward to McDonagh. Richards took a pass in the corner and sent a perfect feed to Gaborik in the slot. Gaborik flipped a backhander over Harding's glove to give the Rangers the lead again.

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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
The win at Minnesota was the Rangers' final regular season game against a Western Conference opponent, having finished with a 10-6-2 record vs. the West. The Blueshirts' 48 wins are tied for fourth most in franchise history  with the 1971-72) season and their 103 points rank fifth in team history.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. McDonagh 2. Boyle 3. Fedotenko


THE BIGGER PICTURE
This win on the road against a team with nothing to lose was yet another indication of why the Rangers will be so difficult for any NHL opponent to eliminate in a best-of-seven playoff series. The Blueshirts simply refuse to go down to defeat in the third period.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Del Zotto (25:14)
Shots -- Boyle (6)
Hits -- Stepan, Boyle (5)
Blocks -- Stralman (4)
Takeaways -- Three players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (15)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT MINNESOTA
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Anisimov, Stepan, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Marian Gaborik
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Dan Girardi Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Stepan/Boyle
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
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