NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at NY Rangers
(Monday, February 2nd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Vancouver 3
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Bobby Holik scored his second goal of the contest to break a tie with 2:41 remaining, lifting the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden.
Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist and Brian Leetch dished out three helpers for the Rangers, who snapped out of their recent goal-scoring drought to end a three-game losing streak. New York had scored just one goal in each of those three losses.
"I think we're in a situation where we have to be careful not to get overexcited with one win just because we haven't gotten one lately," a tempered Holik explained.
Mike Dunham stopped 27 shots in the winning effort, New York's second in its last 11 tilts (2-7-2).
Vancouver's top line did plenty of damage in the game, but it was not enough to push its winning streak to six games. Brendan Morrison had a goal and two assists and Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Naslund each finished with a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Dan Cloutier added 27 saves.
Vancouver trailed 3-1 entering the third period, but quickly drew within a goal when Naslund fought off a defender and re-directed a pass by Dunham at the 2:40 mark. Bertuzzi then celebrated his 29th birthday with his 16th goal of the season on a tip-in. He got his stick on Brent Sopel's point shot on the power play, sending the puck by the Ranger goaltender to even the score at 3-3 with 10:12 remaining.
Holik and the Rangers, however, would fight back and notch the game-winner with 2:41 left to play. A turnover by the Canucks in their own zone allowed Leetch to pick up the disc at the left point. He skated in and spotted a wide- open Holik and hit him with a cross-ice pass. Holik easily deposited the puck in the net to allow New York to end its skid.
Jagr had a golden opportunity to open the scoring but missed an open net, allowing Vancouver to take the lead several minutes later. Naslund intercepted a pass at the New York blue line and dropped a backhand pass to Morrison in the high slot. Morrison wound up and released a rocket off the post and into the net for a 1-0 Vancouver lead 8:15 into the contest.
The Rangers, however, did not trail for long as Jagr atoned for his earlier miss with his second goal since joining the team. He worked a perfect give and go with Martin Rucinsky before slamming the return pass home for a beautiful goal that tied the game midway through the first.
After holding the Canucks' lethal power play at bay twice early in the second period, New York took control of the contest with a pair of goals with the man advantage. Holik scored the first of the two markers, one-timing a slap shot from the right circle over Cloutier's glove with 8:19 to play in the middle period.
"They scored a couple of power-play goal tonight and that ended up being the difference in the game," Canucks head coach Mark Crawford said.
The Rangers eventually pushed their advantage to 3-1 just before the conclusion of the second stanza. Kovalev, who was nonexistent in the opening period, had several quality scoring chances in the second, finally capitalizing with a laser from the left circle that went over Cloutier's right shoulder with just 14 seconds remaining.
Vancouver came into the contest 10-for-38 on the power play in its last four games. They finished this contest 1-for-6...New York went 2-for-6 with the man advantage...The Canucks lost for just the second time in 12 road tilts...Rangers defenseman Tom Poti sat out the contest with back pains. Center Eric Lindros missed his third straight game with a concussion.
02/02 23:17:47 ET