NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at NY Rangers
(Monday, October 26th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Phoenix 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist as the New York Rangers downed the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-2, at Madison Square Garden.
The big news for Phoenix, though, came during the game as team owner Jerry Moyes agreed to sell the franchise to the National Hockey League.
The announcement came Monday during a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, but judge Redfield T. Baum must approve the transaction.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement Monday night about the pending deal and said if there is no objection the sale will hopefully be closed next Monday.
Moyes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May and Blackberry mogul Jim Balsillie made a pitch to buy the team and move it to Hamilton, Ontario, but the league wanted to purchase the team and seek out a buyer that would keep the Coyotes in Glendale.
Vinny Prospal had a goal and two assists while Enver Lisin contributed a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots in the win.
"Tonight we were off to a really good start," said Lundqvist. "They are a really fast team. They skate a lot and move the puck really well. I think we did a good job."
Gaborik, who is second in the NHL with 18 points (10 goals, eight assists), left the game late in the third period with an undisclosed injury. His 10 goals are tied with Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar for the league lead.
"It's nothing related to my groin, hip or torso," said Gaborik. "We'll see how everything is in the morning. I collided with one of their players, but it's nothing major. It happened with about five minutes left and the game was pretty much over."
Ed Jovanovski had a goal and an assist while Vernon Fiddler added a goal for the Coyotes, who have dropped their past two games.
"Our power play really let us down," said Jovanovski. "They get two on their power play, we didn't get any on ours. That was the difference really in the game."
Ilya Bryzgalov started the game in net, but was pulled after allowing four goals on 11 shots. Jason LaBarbera finished the game between the pipes and gave up one goal on 13 shots.
New York got on the board just 2:31 in as Artem Anisimov's turn-around shot from the inside right circle got past Bryzgalov.
Skating on the power play, the Rangers made it a 2-0 contest. Brandon Dubinsky skated down the left wing and went behind the net. As he came out the right side he sent the puck out front where Gaborik one-timed it home at the 13:09 mark.
The Rangers came out in the second period controlling play and were able to make it 3-0 at the 6:05 mark. Prospal charged into the zone down the left side and left a drop pass for Gaborik at the left point. Gaborik dished it back down for Prospal, who cut to the front of the net and slipped a low backhand between the pads of Bryzgalov.
New York again used the power play to increase its advantage. Prospal received a pass at the right point and charged to the net. As the defense skated in on him to close the lane, Prospal slid the puck over to the right circle for a wide open Gaborik, who one-timed the puck home at the 7:46 mark.
The goal prompted a goaltending change as LaBarbera was brought in and Phoenix responded to get back into the game.
With play in the New York end, Shane Doan outworked his defender and was able to slip the puck out to the right circle where Jovanovski one-timed it home with 4:13 to play in the second.
Skating shorthanded, Phoenix thoroughly outworked New York in its own zone which resulted in the puck going to the low right side. Daniel Winnik caught up to it and slipped the puck under the defender to the front of the net where Fiddler slipped a wrister past Lundqvist to make it a 4-2 game with 41 seconds left in the second.
With 8:13 to play in the third, Lisin sealed the win as he skated down the left wing and blasted a shot from the left circle that beat LaBarbera cleanly for his third goal of the season.
The Rangers play the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday...Phoenix continues its three-game road trip in Columbus on Wednesday...The Rangers have won five of the last six against Phoenix...New York went 2-for-5 on the power play while Phoenix finished the game 0-for-5.
10/26 23:24:55 ET