NHL Game Summary - Calgary at NY Rangers
(Monday, November 22nd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Calgary 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Martin Biron made 31 stops, including 15 in a flawless third period, as the New York Rangers held on for a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden.
Biron, starting his second straight game in place of a struggling Henrik Lundqvist, earned his fifth win of the season for the Rangers, who have won two straight and five of seven overall.
"The physicality on our side of the game was top level," Biron said. "We responded really well (from our road trip). It was a great way to respond. Good signs for this team."
Dan Girardi notched a goal and an assist, while Brian Boyle scored the other goal in the win, New York's first over Calgary since January 10, 2006.
Jarome Iginla scored his sixth goal in three games for the Flames, who are 2-8-1 over their last 11 games. Miikka Kiprusoff was victimized for two goals on 24 shots in defeat.
"It was a good, physical game, and it was a solid road game, but you've got to win," Iginla said. "We've got to get results."
After a scoreless first period, the Rangers drew first blood 2:08 into the second.
Boyle led a 2-on-1 rush down the ice, with Calgary's Brendan Mikkelson the only defender in sight. From the right circle, Boyle attempted a pass, and Mikkelson put his stick on the ice to block the puck; the disc deflected off Mikkelson's stick and beat Kiprusoff down low for a 1-0 lead.
Calgary tied the game three minutes later when Iginla finished a perfectly executed 3-on-1 with a one-timer from the slot.
The Rangers grabbed their second lead with 7:19 remaining in the second when Girardi received the puck off an offensive zone faceoff and blasted a slapshot past Kiprusoff.
The Flames peppered Biron with 15 shots in the third period, but the Rangers' netminder was up to the task in stopping each one. Calgary failed on an early power play in the period and couldn't find the back of the net despite pulling Kiprusoff in the final minute.
The Flames fell to 0-1-1 on a five-game road trip that also travels to New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh...The Rangers have scored first in 16 of their 22 games and are 11-4-1 in those contests...Iginla's goal was the 450th of his career...Calgary's Matt Stajan notched an assist for the sixth straight game...The Flames had won the last three meetings.
11/22 23:40:32 ET