Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Resilient Rangers Respond

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Resilient Rangers Respond

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NEW YORK - Ryan McDonagh shared a knowing glance with Dan Girardi after the defense duo had paced two crucial penalty kills and before the Rangers began their first shootout of the season.

"We said we think we'll find a way to get a win here," McDonagh said. "We looked at each other."

This time, the Rangers actually showed a little resiliency, rallying from an early two-goal deficit and from one goal down in the third period to beat the Flames, 4-3, in a seven-round shootout Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers (16-17-1), now 2-15-0 when the opponent scores first, finally won on this franchise-record, nine-game homestand, which started 0-3-1.

"I think a couple of games recently, we kind of deflated after goals are scored," said Chris Kreider, who tied the game at 3 at 12:07 of the third period but smacked Chris Butler in the face with his stick and drew a four-minute high-sticking penalty at 18:04. "Tonight, that didn't happen. There was a lot of push back, and we played better as the game went on.

"I think we wanted to win that one really, really badly," Kreider added.

Karri Ramo stopped 29 shots for the Flames (16-17-1), who were outshot 26-10 in the last two periods and overtime after winning 2- 1 in OT Saturday at Buffalo.

Benoit Pouliot scored the decisive shootout goal and Henrik Lundqvist (18 saves) then stopped Mikael Backlund. The Rangers had two previous chances to win the game after Brad Richards scored in the fourth round and Dominic Moore converted in the sixth round. But the Flames kept the shootout going on goals from Lee Stempniak and Paul Byron.

"I just wanted to win," said Lundqvist, who raised his arms and looked skyward in relief after turning aside Backlund's wrist shot. "I was a little disappointed, obviously, I had two chances to close it out. We got the two points. It's baby steps right now. …

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