COL
41-35-6
NYR
51-24-7

20 SOG
42 SOG

Varlamov steals show as Rangers fall to Avalanche

newyorkrangers.com | Saturday, 03.17.2012 / 9:52 PM

2011-12 Game No. 71; Home Game No. 35 Rangers' Record: 44-20-7
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Colorado rookie Gabriel Landeskog broke a second-period tie, and Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves to lift the Avalanche over the Rangers 3-1 on Saturday night.

Landeskog gave the Avalanche the lead, and Varlamov made it stand up as playoff-hopeful Colorado finished a 2-0-1 Eastern road trip.

Defenseman Matt Hunwick got the Avalanche even in the first period after Mats Zuccarello gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Paul Stastny added an empty-net, power-play goal with 13.1 seconds left to make it 3-1.

The Rangers got back goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (flu), captain Ryan Callahan (bruised foot) and defenseman Michael Del Zotto (hip), and they had their chances against Varlamov, but only got one puck past him.

Zuccarello, in his fourth game back with the Rangers since being recalled from the AHL last week, netted his first of the season 10:43 into the game. The 5-foot-7 winger worked his way to the front of the net, got his stick on Dan Girardi's shot from the right wing boards, and steered it between Varlamov's pads - even with Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson leaning on his back.

It was Zuccarello's first goal since March 6, 2011 -- a span of 16 NHL games -- and the seventh of his NHL career. The goal also was the first in three games scored by someone other than the potent line combination of Marian Gaborik, Richards, and Carl Hagelin, who had netted the past seven.

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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers out-shot the Avalanche 42-20. The Blueshirts’ 42 shots on goal marks a season-high, and is the most since they registered 47 shots on goal against the Islanders on March 15, 2011. This was the third time this season the Rangers posted 40 shots in a game.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Lundqvist 2. Callahan 3. Zuccarello


THE BIGGER PICTURE
A loss is a loss, but the Rangers were beaten by a hot goaltender rather than themselves. The Blueshirts played their game, executed their style of play in all zones and had more shots than in any game this season. And a Semyon Varlamov refused to let them win.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (27:02)
Shots -- Callahan (7)
Hits -- Erixon, Rupp (3)
Blocks -- Bickel (3)
Takeaways -- Dubinsky (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (26)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. COLORADO
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Mats Zuccarello
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
Tim Erixon Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Hagelin, Richards, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Rupp/Boyle Derek Stepan Mitchell/Hagelin
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Mats Zuccarello
Tim Erixon Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Callahan/Fedotenko Stepan/Hagelin
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
1st2nd3rdT
COL
NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
10:43NYR Mats Zuccarello (1) Tip-in - ASST: Dan Girardi (21), Ryan McDonagh (21) 1 - 0 NYR
15:01COL Matt Hunwick (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Peter Mueller (8), Matt Duchene (14) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
09:51COL Gabriel Landeskog (21) Tip-in - ASST: Ryan Wilson (19), Ryan O'Reilly (36) 2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
19:46COL PPG - EN - Paul Stastny (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Wilson (20), Jamie McGinn (15) 3 - 1 COL
Three Stars of the Game
Semyon Varlamov
1st
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 28-29
PIM: 0PP: 11-11
SV%: .976SH: 2-2
Gabriel Landeskog
2nd
Gabriel Landeskog
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 19:01
Henrik Lundqvist
3rd
Henrik Lundqvist
G
SA: 19TOI: 59:06
GA: 2EV: 15-17
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .895SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
11:40COL Gabriel Landeskog  Tripping against  Carl Hagelin
16:15COL Ryan O'Byrne  Cross checking against  Ryan Callahan
2nd Period
02:20COL Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Stu Bickel
02:20NYR Stu Bickel  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
06:08COL Jay McClement  Interference on goalkeeper against  Henrik Lundqvist
3rd Period
03:24NYR Ryan McDonagh  Holding against  Gabriel Landeskog
12:05COL Steve Downie  Hooking against  Ryan Callahan
15:09COL Steve Downie  Interference against  Ryan McDonagh
18:52NYR Ryan McDonagh  Tripping against  Matt Duchene
shots by period
PeriodCOLNYR
1st616
2nd710
3rd716
Total2042
Team Stats
CategoryCOLNYR
Power Plays1/20/5
Hits2717
Faceoff Wins3534
Giveaways210
Takeaways44
Blocked Shots1111
Penalty Minutes159
  • COLORADO
  • NY RANGERS
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5S. O'BrienD0000015:56
6E. JohnsonD0001019:06
8J. HejdaD0000023:10
9M. DucheneC0111013:57
11J. McGinnL0104014:30
16J. McClementC0001215:05
22M. HunwickD1011019:04
23M. HejdukR0012013:37
26P. StastnyC1001015:48
27S. DownieR0010416:33
37R. O'ReillyC0113019:01
40M. OlverC00-1006:38
44R. WilsonD0211017:17
54D. JonesR0003019:18
55C. McLeodL00-1056:09
88P. MuellerC0100012:34
92G. LandeskogL1011219:01
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
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5D. GirardiD0112027:02
8B. PrustL00-1008:23
10M. GaborikR00-12023:22
17B. DubinskyC0003018:20
18M. StaalD00-11014:25
19B. RichardsC00-14025:14
21D. StepanC0004020:20
22B. BoyleC00-14010:05
24R. CallahanR0007025:04
26R. FedotenkoL00-1408:44
27R. McDonaghD0112423:58
34J. MitchellC001008:11
36M. ZuccarelloL1012014:32
41S. BickelD00-12510:02
53T. ErixonD00-1009:57
62C. HagelinL00-11018:08
71M. RuppL001106:53
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist1719.89559:06