NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Colorado
(Thursday, November 20th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, NY Rangers 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Steve Konowalchuk posted two goals and Cody McCormick added a third-period tally, as the Colorado Avalanche held off a late rally and edged the New York Rangers, 4-3, at the Pepsi Center.
Alex Tanguay registered a goal and an assist for Colorado, which has won three straight and also collected a point in each of its last nine contests (7-0-1-1). Steve Moore added a pair of assists in the victory.
David Aebischer notched his league-best 11th victory in goal for Colorado and ended with 31 saves.
Anson Carter, Martin Rucinsky and Matthew Barnaby all scored for the Rangers, who are winless in their last four (0-2-2).
Jason LaBarbera made his first NHL start in goal as New York's top two netminders were out of the lineup. Starter Mike Dunham has been bothered by a hip injury, while regular backup Jussi Markkanen was excused from the team for personal reasons.
LaBarbera, who last appeared in an NHL game in October of 2000, faced 33 shots and allowed four goals.
With the score tied at 2-2, Konowalchuk followed a Derek Morris backhander from the blue line and lit the lamp from the right side of the net to give Colorado a one-goal lead with 3:24 to play in the second period.
Just 74 seconds later, Moore's slap shot from the right circle was stopped, but the puck came out to McCormick, who deposited the rebound in the net. His second goal of the campaign gave Colorado some breathing room at 4-2.
Barnaby's third goal of the season at 16:28 of the final stanza brought the Rangers within one, but they could not get the equalizer as the Avs held on for the victory.
Colorado converted one of its five chances on the power play, while New York went 1-for-4 with the extra skater.
Colorado took a 1-0 lead at 6:52 of the opening period. Konowalchuk gained control of a rebound and stuffed the puck into the back of the cage from in close.
With 2:26 to go in the first frame, Tanguay staked the Avalanche to a two-goal edge on the power play. He took a beautiful pass from Joe Sakic, who held the disc along the right half-wall, and punched home a one-timer from the left post.
The Rangers cut their deficit in half when Colorado received a bench minor for having too many men on the ice in the middle stanza. With just three ticks left on the man advantage, Carter swept home a backhander from in front at 8:55.
A sloppy save by Aebischer brought the Rangers even at 12:15 of the second period. He allowed the puck to bounce up in the air and Rucinsky gained control before sliding in his fourth of the season into the goal.
Sakic has four goals and eight assists in his last 10 games...,The Rangers outshot the Avalanche, 34-33...Colorado has now won five straight in this series...The Rangers have dropped their last four contests in Denver...Prior to the contest, the Avalanche recalled forward Charlie Stephens from Hershey of the American Hockey League and sent defenseman Brett Clark to Hershey.
11/21 01:08:41 ET