NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at NY Rangers
(Wednesday, October 14th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Los Angeles 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Vinny Prospal finished with two power-play scores and an assist, recording his 200th career goal along the way, as the New York Rangers downed the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, to notch their sixth consecutive win.
Brian Boyle and Marian Gaborik also scored for New York, which began the season with a defeat to Pittsburgh but hasn't lost since. The Rangers have outscored their opponents 26-11 during their winning streak, which is their longest since the 2005-06 season.
Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves in the victory.
"We couldn't catch up with them," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said of the Kings. "We looked like a tired hockey club...but, you still find a way to win one of those games when you're not on."
Ryan Smyth and Michal Handzus had the goals for the Kings, who had won four in a row and suffered just their second defeat of the season. Erik Ersberg, making his first start of the season, allowed four goals on 21 shots.
With the Rangers up by two shortly into the second period, Handzus drew the Kings close with a power-play goal. Jack Johnson had the puck at the left point, faded toward the center of the ice and let a slap shot fly. Handzus was in front of the crease and deflected the disc with his hip past Lundqvist, bringing Los Angeles within 3-2 at the 7:18 mark.
But the Kings got no closer, and Gaborik scored at 4:22 of the third to provide the Rangers with some cushion. Prospal sent a pass through the neutral zone that Gaborik had to reach behind himself to get as he crossed the blue line. Gaborik then skated into the left circle and snapped a shot over Ersberg's shoulder.
It was the Rangers' only shot on goal of the third period, and Lundqvist made 10 saves in the frame to preserve the win.
"Good teams win those type of games, and we did, and that's a good sign," Tortorella said.
Prospal got the Rangers on the board at 3:11 of the first period when he tipped in Michael Del Zotto's point blast on the power play for his 200th career goal.
Smyth evened the game just 70 seconds later, but Prospal put New York up again with 6:57 left in the first on his second tally when he flipped the puck in seemingly from behind the net, but the goal was allowed after a review.
"In my understanding it's not a reviewable situation," said Kings coach Terry Murray. "The referee on the ice makes the call, he waves it off, the whistle blows that there's no goal and then it's not reviewable. Even with that, with still half the game to go, there's plenty of time and opportunities for us on the power play, but we didn't capitalize on them."
New York went ahead 3-1 on Boyle's goal 2:17 into the second period.
Gaborik has points in each of the Rangers' seven games this season, while Prospal extended his points streak to six games...Smyth has a six-game points streak for the Kings...Del Zotto had two assists for New York, as did Ales Kotalik...The Rangers, who are 4-0-0 at Madison Square Garden this season, play at Toronto on Saturday. The Rangers have captured eight straight as the host going back to last season...The Kings travel to Detroit for a contest Thursday against the Red Wings.
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