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Nov. 10, 2008
By Jim Cerny, newyorkrangers.com
Despite rallying from a 2-0 deficit, the Rangers could not beat Edmonton goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers in the shootout, and as a result the Blueshirts dropped a 3-2 decision to the Oilers Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Drouin-Deslauriers stopped 40 of the 42 shots he faced in 65 minutes of game action, and then denied Nikolai Zherdev, Fredrik Sjostrom, and Markus Naslund in the shootout to earn his second victory in as many nights after besting the Devils 2-1 on Sunday. Drouin-Deslauriers finished his big night with a sensational glove save on Naslund after Ales Hemsky had beaten Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the only goal of the shootout.
“I was going to go five-hole, but then Zherdev tried that and (Drouin-Deslauriers) closed that off, so I just tried to get it by his glove hand, but he made a good save,” explained Naslund.
The Oilers, who were playing the final game of a long seven-game road trip, finished their nearly two-week odyssey with four wins and three losses. The Rangers are now 1-3-1 in their last five matches.
“The name of the game is to score goals, and we just didn’t do that,” said Lundqvist, who had 29 saves. “Their goalie played a great game.”
Trailing 2-1, the Rangers pulled even just 46 seconds into the third period on Chris Drury’s sixth goal of the season. Just moments after a Rangers power play had expired, Scott Gomez collected the puck off a turnover at center ice, sped into the Oilers zone, and fired a right-wing shot on goal that was stopped, but not controlled, by Drouin-Deslauriers. Drury batted the loose puck into the cage, tying the game 2-2.
“I thought a lot of guys played well tonight,” said Drury, who now shares the team lead in goals with Aaron Voros. “You don’t get 42 shots without guys playing well and doing some things right. Obviously we wanted to get that third goal, but we didn’t get it.”
Lundqvist was forced to make a string of big saves with the game tied; and he also received a big lift from defenseman Dmitri Kalinin 4:30 into the period when the Russian rearguard swept a loose puck off the goal line and out of harm’s way after a shot had trickled behind Lundqvist.
Dan Girardi also showed extra effort to make a big-time play in order to help out his goaltender and keep the score tied with 6:31 left in the third. Girardi raced back into the play and broke up an Oilers 2-on-1 rush, lunging at the last instant to block Andrew Cogliano’s left wing shot.
In order to reach overtime, both teams had to kill off a power play late in the contest. Marc Staal’s hooking penalty at 17:15 of the third gave Edmonton a prime opportunity to win the game, but Lundqvist made two sensational saves on Lubomir Visnovsky, and the Rangers survived the late man disadvantage.
The Rangers were forced to kill off another penalty -- this one to Paul Mara for holding the stick -- just 14 seconds into overtime, and, again, they came through, with Lundqvist making a pair of saves, including one on a booming slap shot off the stick of Sheldon Souray.
Lundqvist’s best save in overtime, however, came with exactly one minute remaining when he made a game-saving stop on Cogliano’s right wing blast off a 2-on-1 Edmonton break.
The Oilers played a solid first period, limiting the Rangers to seven largely-harmless shots on goal, while creating numerous turnovers in the neutral zone with a disciplined defensive game. And the Oilers scored the only goal of the opening period to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Erik Cole charged hard to the net and had Fernando Pisani’s centering pass from left wing deflect off his skate and skitter past Lundqvist for his third goal of the season at the 3:27 mark of the first. For the third time in the Rangers’ past two games, video replay upheld a score by the opposition, as Monday night video confirmed that Cole had not used a distinct kicking motion in sending the puck past Lundqvist.
Edmonton continued to take the play to the Rangers for much of the opening stanza, with Lundqvist making key saves on Cogliano and Steve Staios in the first half of the period to keep the Blueshirt deficit at one.
“We have to play with more passion, and play our game right from the start,” said Naslund. “It seems like we don’t do that until we’re down a couple of goals, and that’s not good enough.”
Some physical play by the Rangers started to turn the momentum of the contest late in the first, as Girardi and Kalinin woke the crowd with big hits in the defensive zone. Colton Orr then bested Edmonton’s Zack Stortini in a fight at center ice with 2:34 remaining in the period, and the Rangers responded with better pressure in the offensive zone, including their first real clear scoring opportunity on a right wing drive by Blair Betts.
However, it would be the Oilers that would score the next goal, when Kyle Brodziak was credited with his second of the season at 3:30 of the middle period. The scoring play took shape due to a poor line change by the Rangers which led to a 2-on-1 rush for the Oilers.
Souray hammered a long shot from left wing that hit the outside of the post, and he stormed the net to corral his own rebound. Souray swung a pass back to the blueline, where Visnovsky collected and fired a shot towards the net that was deflected past Lundqvist by Brodziak to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead.
The Rangers answered back with a goal of their own at 8:13, as Mara completed a neat passing play by firing a shot from the left dot that beat Drouin-Deslauriers to the short side. The goal was the first this season for Mara, and it brought the Rangers to life.
Drouin-Deslauriers was under siege from the moment of Mara’s goal until the buzzer signaled the end to the middle stanza. And though the Rangers would outshoot Edmonton 20-5 in the second, they continued to trail 2-1 at the middle intermission.
The Oilers’ 24 year-old netminder was spectacular, making save after save as the Rangers pelted him with shots from all angles. Girardi let loose a cannon of a slap shot through a screen at 13:30 which Drouin-Deslauriers kicked out with his pads. Moments later, during a Rangers power play, Wade Redden rang a slap shot off the left post before having his wicked one-timer denied with another excellent pad save.
Before the period was over, Zherdev and Dan Fritsche were both robbed by Drouin-Deslauriers, with the Edmonton goalie’s lunging glove save on Fritsche’s snap shot likely the best save of the game. And at 17:39, Ryan Callahan’s shot off a Naslund centering pass nearly crossed the goal line after sneaking through the rookie goaltender’s pads, but Drouin-Deslauriers gloved the puck just in the nick of time.
“I really didn’t like our start, obviously, but as soon as we engaged physically and got pucks in on them, worked hard both ways, we were able to establish a bit more of what we want to be as a team,” said Rangers head coach Tom Renney. “But we have to be better.”
Renney made two changes to his lineup, inserting Fritsche and the recently-recalled-from-Hartford Lauri Korpikoski in the place of Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha. The two fresh faces in the lineup skated on a line with Voros, and both played well, though neither made his way onto the scoresheet.
The Rangers will cross the Hudson River to do battle with the Devils Wednesday night at the Prudential Center -- their first match against New Jersey since Devils star goalie Martin Brodeur was placed on Injured Reserve, making former Ranger Kevin Weekes the No. 1 netminder for New Jersey’s foreseeable future.
|Erik Cole (3) ASST: Fernando Pisani (3), Shawn Horcoff (3)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Kyle Brodziak (2) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (6), Sheldon Souray (7)|
2 - 0 EDM
|Paul Mara (1) ASST: Ryan Callahan (2), Markus Naslund (8)|
2 - 1 EDM
|Chris Drury (6) ASST: Scott Gomez (10), Dan Girardi (10)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1||N. Zherdev||S. Gagner||0 - 0|
|2||F. Sjostrom||A. Hemsky||0 - 1|
|3||M. Naslund||0 - 1|
|Lubomir Visnovsky Holding against Scott Gomez|
|Colton Orr Fighting (maj) against Zack Stortini|
|Zack Stortini Fighting (maj) against Colton Orr|
|Dmitri Kalinin Hooking against Zack Stortini|
|Robert Nilsson Holding against Markus Naslund|
|Shawn Horcoff Hooking against Chris Drury|
|Ales Hemsky Holding against Wade Redden|
|Sheldon Souray Roughing against Aaron Voros|
|Aaron Voros Roughing against Sheldon Souray|
|Steve Staios Roughing against Paul Mara|
|Paul Mara Roughing against Steve Staios|
|Marc Staal Hooking against Andrew Cogliano|
|Paul Mara Holding the stick against Sheldon Souray|
|SA: 42||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 40||EV: 30 - 32|
|PIM: 0||PP: 9 - 9|
|SV%: .952||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 31||TOI: 64:50|
|Saves: 29||EV: 20 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .935||SH: 1 - 1|