(Week of Jan. 9-15)
The Winning Moment ...
Derek Stepan's deciding goal in the sixth round of a shootout against the Phoenix Coyotes on Jan. 10 at Madison Square Garden was named the newyorkrangers.com Moment of the Week for Week 15 of the 2011-12 regular season. Stepan won in a fairly close three-way vote with 42.9 percent of the balloting by Rangers fans. Finishing second was the tic-tac-goal scored by Mike Rupp to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead on Jan. 14 at Toronto. That very pretty goal toook 32.6 percent of the vote. Coming in third was Brian Boyle's first goal in 23 games, also scored in the 3-0 win at Toronto. Boyle collected 24.5 percent of the votes.
|Rangers 2, Coyotes 1 (SO) at The Garden
||Jan. 10, 2012|
Derek Stepan scores in shootout's sixth
round to give their Rangers fifth straight win
Description: Stepan beat Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith high to the glove side before Henrik Lundqvist stopped Coyotes captain Shane Doan to secure the win. The Rangers improved to 27-9-4 for a league-leading 58 points, the team's best start since 1993-94 when they won their last Stanley Cup.
• GAME RECAP (Click image at left to play video)
Comments from fans who voted for Stepan's Shootout Goal ...
-- Dustin Shasho from Brooklyn, N.Y.
This was such an exciting game. The frustration at the save on Gaborik's penalty shot and then redemption when he scores in the shootout and relief and joy when Stepan scores and Lundqvist makes the final save for the win.
-- Susan Rose Carey from Whitestone, N.Y.
Step showing again that he is the play-maker for years to come.
-- Kevin from Mastic, N.Y.
I was calling for Stepan to take a shot from the beginning of the shootout.
-- Erica Barbuto from Hillsborough, N.J.
I fell off my couch.
-- Chris from Ossining, N.Y.
I was at this game, and the whole shootout was gut-wrenching, especially when Stepan took the shot to lead us to a win.
-- Cami Kronish from New York, N.Y.
Great shot, excellent puck control, sound defensive skills. He might be the best two-way player on the team.
-- Steve W. from Queens, N.Y.
Derek Stepan is my favorite New York Ranger.
-- Kialy Mae from Oak Ridge, N.J.
I was in attendance for all of these moments, but this one seemed to be the most intense.
-- Matthew Stathopoulos from Rochester, N.Y.
Six rounds of a shootout doesn't happen too often. This winning shot dominates the amazing tic-tac-toe goal.
-- Dan Martin from White Plains, N.Y.
Stepan showed why he is here, and why he needs to be here, and why he is good.
-- Tim from Coram, N.Y.
It was amazing. There are no other words for that awesome shootout winner.
-- Lauren from New York, N.Y.
I was at the game, and it was scary that they didn't score until then, but I'm so glad they won.
-- Tiffany from Jamesburg, N.J.
He needs to do more of this and use his talents.
-- David Goldsmith from Rumson, N.J.
I watched this game and after the game I said "It's ALL Stepan"
-- Evan Z. from New York, N.Y.
The game was so close and Stepan stepped up to bring the True Blue to victory.
-- Jack McGovern from Rye, N.Y.
We were down in the shootout, and then once Gaborik put it in, it was like no one was letting anything in. Then comes stepan.
-- Matt R. from South Bound Brook, N.J.
I was there.
-- Drew from Staten Island, N.Y.
A great shot at a critical moment.
-- Seamus from New York, N.Y.