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Marc Staal scored the game winner, his first goal of the year

Rangers Match Best Ever Start To Season
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 10:53:50 PM - October 17, 2009

It had all the hallmarks of an upset game. The league's hottest team versus the coldest team. Toronto were looking to end an 0-5-1 skid and the Rangers were coming off perhaps one of their least consistent performances of the season. But when you have Henrik Lundqvist going up against Joey MacDonald you always have the better of the equation.

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The Rangers turned aside 14 shots in the first period, and 34 of 35 in the game to backstop his team to their seventh straight win. With five penalties in the first two periods, the Blueshirts didn't do themselves any favors, but a perfect 6 for 6 performance on the night - thanks largely to their netminder - made sure it wouldn't be an advantage for Toronto.

Turning point
With ghe game tied 0-0, the Rangers on a PK and Brian Boyle heading to the box to give the home team a two man advantage for 55 seconds, it looked like the game might be heading the wrong way for the Rangers. Instead Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan combined to not only kill the penalty, but draw a penalty with Callahan threatening to break in on a short handed chance. Dubinsky would score on the ensuing 4 on 4 and the Rangers never looked back.

Team Report Card
A Henrik Lundqvist - He didn't look confident early, but Lundqvist worked his way into the game and kept the Rangers in the game early. His stops in the first period particularly, helped keep the struggling Leafs from gaining any confidence. Highlights included his stop on a Jason Blake breakaway, and a PP save in the second where he got the glove on a quick shot that ultimately deflected off the post. The one goal he allowed came on a third attempt in a row as the Rangers failed to recover the puck.

A- Michael Del Zotto - The rookie continues to impress, scoring his third of the season to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. He did make a couple of gaffes in the game, two of his shots blocked allowing the Leafs to go the other way.

A- Brandon Dubinsky - About time we saw some more offense from Dubinsky, and tonight we saw him using his strength to his advantage more than of late. If we see more games like this than what we've seen lately, then he'll continue to be a force for the Rangers.

A- Marian Gaborik - The Rangers' leading scorer extended his point streak to eight games, remaining perfect on the season. Hit a post on the PP, but the rebound went straight to Del Zotto for the goal. Had two scoring chances himself, but was denied by the goaltender both times.

A- Marc Staal - Bounce back game for Staal, who has not played well of late. Even before the goal, the 22 year old blueliner was showing more confidence with the puck and his wrap-around goal gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead - proving to be the game winner when all was said and done. On the defensive side we saw more spark and grind than in recent games.

�B+ Artem Anisimov - No points for the Rangers' young centerman, but he did earn some PK time with some solid play in the game. Anisimov continues to grow, and you wonder whether at some point this season his line by surpass Drury's.

�B+ Matt Gilroy - Better night for the rookie blueliner, we're still waiting for a little more offense, but it's hard to fault his coverage in the zone in this game. Continues to impress with his ability to get back in the play, or pick up his guy in front of the net.

�B+ Dan Girardi - Steady night for the best Rangers defenseman over recent games. Girardi was out of position on the only Leafs goal, but was hard to beat all night as he and Staal were reliable on the back end for the most part.

�B+ Enver Lisin - After a couple of so-so games, Lisin found himself on the Rangers' fourth line to start the game. Instead of sulking though, the young Russian took the opportunity to show why he should get more ice. All through the game, Lisin was more noticeable than he had been playing on the third line, and picked up his first goal through some opportunistic play in front of the net.

�B+ Vaclav Prospal - Extended his point streak to seven games, but wasn't as much of a factor tonight. No glaring mistakes, but less offensive creativity.

�B+ Wade Redden - Reliable night from the veteran who made few if any mistakes in his own zone. Picked up an assist on the Lisin goal after his shot gave MacDonald trouble and sat in front for Lisin to poke home.

�B+ Michal Rozsival - Not the best we've ever seen from Rozsival, but a steadier game for the veteran. Rozsival has now had a point in each of his last two games, and if the Rangers can get him going as well, then things will be good back there.

B Sean Avery - Quiet night for Avery in front of his home town crowd. No doubt he worked hard, but it looked like Avery was spending more time on the ice, than creating plays...and that's never good.

B Ryan Callahan - Lost some time on the PP, and it appears that Callahan is quietening down from his strong start to the year. Still the best player on his line, but we didn't see the offensive opportunities for this line that we've seen so far this year.

B- Chris Drury - Best shift of the night was his PK pairing with Callahan when they killed off the 5 on 3...aside from that there wasn't a lot to Drury's game tonight.

B- Ales Kotalik - After earning the opportunity to move up onto the third line, you'd expect perhaps that Kotalik might prosper. Instead it seemed as if he took a little bit of a step back. we're not saying he was awful, just that his shot was a little more off than normal, and that he didn't seem to impress as much as we'd expect.

C+ Brian Boyle - Two games in a row and Brian Boyle has put his team down two men. It didn't cost them tonight, but if he continues this kind of play, he may find his limited ice becoming even more limited.

C+ Donald Brashear - Returned to the line-up, but looked a little slow. Makes us wonder whether perhaps he's still not 100 percent.

 C- Chris Higgins - He's struggled this year to find the back of the net, but had been playing well on the PK and forecheck. Over the last few games though, we've been seeing him ease up in other aspects of his game, and it looks like frustration is starting to get the better of his game.

Fight Card
No fights on the night

Special Teams
The power play continues to be a point of strength for the Rangers, with Michael Del Zotto converting on the third of four chances on the night to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead.

Shorthanded, New York started slow giving the Leafs all sorts of chances on their first power play of the night, but the PK got better as the game went off. The highlight was when Brian Boyle put the team down two men and Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan combined to draw a penalty to get one man back. Over all the Rangers went 6 for 6 on the PK, and could see themselves moving up the rankings.

Vaclav Prospal - Brandon Dubinsky - Marian Gaborik
Christopher Higgins - Chris Drury - Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery - Artem Anisimov - Ales Kotalik
Donald Brashear - Brian Boyle - Enver Lisin

Marc Staal - Dan Girardi
Wade Redden - Matt Gilroy
Michael Del Zotto - Michal Rozsival

Henrik Lundqvist
Stephen Valiquette

Aaron Voros - healthy

Injury Report
Donald Brashear returned to the line-up, replacing Aaron Voros in the line-up.

Facts & Stats
With tonight's win, the Rangers are 7-1-0 and have matched their best ever start to the season. That was back in 1983-84 when the Blueshirts started 9-1-0.

Marc Staal registered his second career game winner, and it marks the fourth time a Ranger blueliner has scored a game winning goal this season. Last year the Rangers managed just four game winners from the blueline in 82 games. Staal was also the fifth Ranger defenseman to score this season, only Michal Rozsival is yet to register a goal this year.

Staal and Lising became the 14th and 15th Rangers to score goals this season. only Voros, Higgins, Rozsival and Brashear are yet to score. Brashear and Voros are the only Rangers without a point yet.

Current Streaks
Marian Gaborik - 8 game point scoring streak (6-6-12)
Vaclav Prospal - 7 game point scoring streak (3-8-11)
Michael Del Zotto - 2 game point scoring streak (1-2-3)
Michal Rozsival - 2 game point scoring streak (0-2-2)

Henrik Lundqvist - 6 game winning streak

Enver Lisin - 1st game as a Ranger
Marc Staal - 1st goal of the season

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