NYR
51-24-7
PIT
51-25-6

21 SOG
38 SOG

Rangers make it 9 of 10 with another win on the road

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 39; Road Game No. 22 Rangers' Record: 26-9-4
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
• Full Highlights | Tortorella Postgame • Lundqvist, Dubinsky, Rupp Postgame
GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist, Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves and the surging Rangers beat slumping Pittsburgh 3-1 on Friday night.

Brad Richards scored his 15th goal of the season for the Blueshirts, and Derek Stepan took advantage a gaffe by Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to notch his ninth goal as the Rangers won their fourth straight.

The Rangers improved their position atop the Eastern Conference by riding Lundqvist, who has won six straight starts. He held the Penguins in check with a series of flashy glove saves and dug in when Pittsburgh turned the pressure up late.

Ben Lovejoy scored his first goal of the season for Pittsburgh and Fleury stopped 18 shots but badly misplayed a clearing attempt in the third period, leading to Stepan's goal.

The victory capped an eventful week for New York, which has surged to the top of the Eastern Conference standings over the past month despite the presence of camera crews that documented the build-up to the annual Winter Classic.

The camera crews left after the Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park, but the Rangers have kept on rolling.

Pittsburgh has dropped three straight games in regulation for the first time this season.

The game's turning point came when the Penguins were on the power play, but got caught out of position leading to a 3-on-1 break with Callahan feeding Dubinsky for his first shorthanded goal of the season and just the third given up all season by Pittsburgh.

Lundqvist took over from there. Calmly turning away one of the league's more dynamic offenses, he improved on his 1.92 goals-against average by staying disciplined.
• COMMENT ON BLUESHIRTS UNITED | PHOTO GALLERY

PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers swept their sixth back-to-back set of the season, and fifth straight, and are now 5-0-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. The Rangers have posted a 10-0-2 record in back-to-back games this season. They have also now won four straight games against Pittsburgh, including a 2-0-0 mark vs. the Penguins this season, and have outscored Pittsburgh 17-9,during the streak. The Rangers have registered at least one point in nine of their last 10 meetings with the Penguins, posting a record of 7-1-2 over the span.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Lundqvist 2. Dubinsky 3. McDonagh


THE BIGGER PICTURE
There are two things that are almost impossible not to envision happening this year -- Henrik Lundqvist winning the Vezina Trophy and John Tortorella winning the Jack Adams. This game was a microcosm of why it feels both are destined to win those awards.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (28:00)
Shots -- Dubinsky, McDonagh (3)
Hits -- Five players tied (4)
Blocks -- Girardi, McDonagh (4)
Takeaways -- None
Faceoffs -- Richards (23)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT PITTSBURGH
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin 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, Dubinsky, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Mike Rupp
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Brad Richards Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ruslan Fedotenko Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
1st2nd3rdT
NYR
PIT
Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:43PIT Ben Lovejoy (1) ASST: Craig Adams (5), Joe Vitale (7) 1 - 0 PIT
18:17NYR Brad Richards (15) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (16), Ryan McDonagh (13) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
03:09NYR SHG - Brandon Dubinsky (5) ASST: Ryan Callahan (17), Dan Girardi (12) 2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
01:20NYR Derek Stepan (9) ASST: NONE 3 - 1 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Henrik Lundqvist
1st
Henrik Lundqvist
G
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 33-34
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .974SH: 1-1
Brandon Dubinsky
2nd
Brandon Dubinsky
C
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:40
Ben Lovejoy
3rd
Ben Lovejoy
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 12:45
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:45PIT Tyler Kennedy  Interference on goalkeeper against  Henrik Lundqvist
2nd Period
01:42NYR Marc Staal  Hi-sticking against  Chris Kunitz
3rd Period
09:41NYR Marc Staal  Roughing against  Matt Cooke
15:15NYR Mike Rupp  Kneeing against  Jordan Staal
15:38PIT Chris Kunitz  Tripping against  Ryan McDonagh
19:52NYR Ryan McDonagh  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
shots by period
PeriodNYRPIT
1st711
2nd813
3rd614
Total2138
Team Stats
CategoryNYRPIT
Power Plays0/20/4
Hits3522
Faceoff Wins4025
Giveaways16
Takeaways04
Blocked Shots259
Penalty Minutes84
  • NY RANGERS
  • PITTSBURGH
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD0000017:27
5D. GirardiD0132028:00
8B. PrustL000109:29
10M. GaborikR0012016:47
17B. DubinskyC1123018:40
18M. StaalD00-11415:00
19B. RichardsC1012018:53
21D. StepanC1012017:01
22B. BoyleC00-11013:57
24R. CallahanR0121019:59
26R. FedotenkoL00-11014:12
27R. McDonaghD0133226:52
32A. StralmanD0000018:07
34J. MitchellC000108:28
41S. BickelD00-10013:18
42A. AnisimovC0011015:46
62C. HagelinL00-10012:23
71M. RuppL000029:33
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist3738.97460:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. NiskanenD0001015:43
4Z. MichalekD00-13020:54
5D. EngellandD00-11020:35
6B. LovejoyD1013012:45
7P. MartinD00-11023:20
9P. DupuisR00-16018:13
11J. StaalC00-11018:16
12R. ParkR0002010:57
14C. KunitzL00-21220:14
18J. NealL00-26020:52
24M. CookeL0004015:53
26S. SullivanL00-13015:52
27C. AdamsR011009:57
38C. McDonaldR001007:13
44B. OrpikD00-11021:26
46J. VitaleC011109:49
48T. KennedyR00-13211:49
71E. MalkinC00-21023:33
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
29M. Fleury1821.85758:39