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The Best Defense Is A Good Offense
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - November 18, 2007

by Toby Ivey

The Rangers went into Pittsburgh looking for their first win at Mellon Arena in their last four attempts. The Pegnuisn quickly put up two goals and the Rangers looked like they might be heading for another defeat. That all changed courtesy of two Michal Rozsival goals to begin the second, and an unlikely comeback was in motion.

The teams would trade goals to go to overtime with the score at 3-3, setting the stage for Jason Strudwick's overtime game winner.

Turning Point
With the Rangers trailing 2-1, and the Penguins on the power play, Henrik Lundqvist kicked out a shot down low to preserve the one goal deficit. The Rangers would score short handed on the next shift and the Rangers took over the game from there.

Offense
The forwards weren't needed tonight, at least not in terms of scoring goals. Jaromir Jagr heard the boos everytime he touched the puck, and while he continnued to handle the puck well in the offensive zone, he still is struggling to find the back of the net. Marcel Hossa too continues to struggle offensive, and missed a chance for an open net goal. The third of the trio, Brandon Dubinsky set up Michal Rozsival for his first goal of the night, retrieving his own rebound and feeding Rozsival for the one-timer on a pass that went against the grain.

The Avery-Gomez-Shanahan line continued their strong play, with Avery setting up Rozsival's second goal, and Scott Gomez with the outlet pass that sprung Mara and Strudwick in overtime.

The third line of Dawes-Drury-Prucha continues to show flashes of promises, including one shift that appeared to be a good chance for a goal, but for Dawes' inability to handle Prucha's pass. Prucha got an assist on Girardi's goal, but his linemates went pointless.

Tom Renney contiuned to show faith in the fourth line, allowing them to match-up against the Penguins' top line on several shifts. The strategy ultimately came undone in the third, alloing Pittsburgh to tie the game late in the third.

Defense
The real story of the Rangers blueline was not their defense, but their offense. All four goals were scored by Rangers defensemen including the overtime goal that saw the unlikely duo of Paul Mara and Jsson Strudwick skating in on a 2 on 1. Strudwick deflected home Paul Mara's pass and the Rangers left Pittsburgh with the two points.

Michal Rozsival scored the Rangers first two goals to tie the game early in the second, and then Dan Girardi converted on the power play to finish the second period with a 3-2 lead.

At the defensive end, the Rangers locked down the game in the third, before the 4th line got caught for the game tying goal in the third.

Goaltending
Henrik Lundqivst made his 19th start of the season, and quickly found himself down two goals. He got beat on the first one, a shorthanded 2 on 1, and then again minutes later courtesy of an Evgeni Malkin wrist shot from in the slot.

The score could've been worse in the first, if not for Lundqvist however. Petr Sykora found himself stopped on several great chances from in front. The Rangers' goalie got help early in the second when the Rangers started to dominate and saw almost no pressure for the first half of the third.

The final Penguins goal came when the puck rebounded off of Colton Orr to a Penguin who kicked it free to Petr Sykora, who then finally was able to beat Lundqvist.

Special Teams
Tom Renney changed up the Power Play, moving Chris Drury to the second unit and putting Paul Mara on the top unit. Mara had his chances, but shot the puck wide on at least three occasions. Dan Girardi ultimately scored the lone power play goal on the seven chances the Rangers drew, but the pwoer play unit also gave up the first goal of the game...a short-hander.

The Penalty Kill only saw one opportunity all night, and not only did they kill it off, but they scored a short handed goal.

Milestones and Notes
All six defensemen registered at least a point. All four goals were scored by Rangers defensemen, including Michal Rozsival's first short-handed goal, Dan Girardi's second NHL goal and Jason Strudwick's first overtime and game winning goals. Paul Mara, Marc Staal and Fedor Tyutin all got in on the act too, with an assist each.

Rozsival's shorthanded goal was the first such goal of the season.

Scott Gomez picked up a secondary assist on the game winner in OT to extend his scoring streak to nine games.

Ryan Hollweg became the first fourth liner to register a point this year, getting a secondary assist on the first goal of the game.

It was the first time that the Rangers have won a game this season after being down by two goals. The Rangers have now been scored on first, three games straight after scoring the first goal of the game the previous ten.

The Rangers extended their winning streaks to four straight on the road, and five in a row over all.

Starting Lines
Hossa - Dubinsky - Jagr
Avery - Gomez - Shanahan
Dawes - Drury - Prucha
Orr - Betts - Hollweg

Tyutin-Girardi
Staal-Rozsival
Strudwick-Mara

Valiquette
Lundqvist

Ryan Callahan - Injured (knee)
Marek Malik - Injured (ribs/back)
Martin Straka - Injured (finger)

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