NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Minnesota|
(Saturday, November 20th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Minnesota 2
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Brandon Dubinsky tallied a breakaway goal
early in the third period and Martin Biron made 26 stops as the New York
Rangers downed Minnesota, 5-2, at Xcel Energy Center.
Artem Anisimov, Michael Del Zotto, Ruslan Fedotenko and Alex Frolov also
tallied for the Rangers, who stemmed a two-game slide and have won four of
their last six.
"We're playing really well on the road. There's been a few hiccups here
and there but overall we've grown comfortable with the system," Biron
admitted. "It suits us well when we keep it down in their zone. We're solid
between the hashmarks and quick on the puck. That was the key again tonight."
Matt Cullen and Martin Havlat scored for the Wild, who saw their three-game
win streak halted. Niklas Backstrom was dented for all five goals on 30 shots.
Dubinsky raced in alone and beat Backstrom to the short side at 4:53 of the
third period for a four-goal New York advantage.
Cullen finally put Minnesota on the board with a short-handed tally with 7:12
left in regulation, but Fedotenko restored the Rangers' four-goal edge 80
Havlat jammed home a John Madden dish with 4:49 to play, and the Wild pulled
Backstrom for an extra attacker while on a power play inside of two minutes
remaining. The move failed to pay off as the home team didn't cut further into
"Obviously we dug ourselves too big a hole and they converted too many
mistakes in the second," Cullen said of the deciding 20 minutes. "We don't
commit turnovers and they don't get the momentum swing. Tonight that was the
New York tallied three times in the second period to seize control of the
Anisimov opened the scoring at 8:50, before Del Zotto's power-play blast made
it 2-0 at 14:24 then Frolov converted a Dan Girardi rebound with one minute
Rangers forward Marian Gaborik made his second trip back to Minnesota to play
against his former club. He posted an assist in 16-plus minutes of
action...New York recorded its first road victory against the Wild since
February 19, 2003...Girardi notched two assists for the Rangers.
11/20 23:28:34 ET