Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers Win Fourth Straight

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers Win Fourth Straight

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DENVER - It was a well-earned win that the Rangers, notably self critical about their performances this season, could appreciate.

Playing for the first time this season without Rick Nash, day to day with a bad back, the Rangers spent stretches of the game hemming the Avalanche in their zone and gutted out a 2-1 win on second- period goals 21 seconds apart on Friday night at the Pepsi Center.

That and another superb outing from goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who made 29 saves as the Rangers (9-2-2) won their season-high fourth straight and extended their point streak to eight games (6-0-2).

"Good teams find ways to win games that's what we're doing right now," left wing Chris Kreider said. "We're not content, not complacent. If you talk to the group we know we can be better every single night and on a more consistent basis throughout the game. We've got something to build on."

The Avalanche (4-9-1), playing for the second straight night, got 31 saves from Reto Berra, but could not capitalize on their final four power plays after scoring on their first.

That included the Rangers not allowing a shot after defenseman Kevin Klein flicked the puck over the glass and was called for delay of game at 14:42 of the third period.

Then Lundqvist turned aside point blank shots from Blake Comeau and Tyson Barrie at 18:34.

The Rangers continue to amass points despite not getting the goal production from the expected sources.

Nash, obviously questionable for tonight's game at Arizona, has one goal in 12 games.

And Kreider, 24, expected to improve upon his career highs of 21 goals and 25 assists in 80 games last season, also remains stuck on one goal.

Coach Alain Vigneault altered the mix on Kreider's line, putting J.T. Miller on Derek Stepan's right wing while dropping Jesper Fast to the fourth line. Kreider, very active in the third period, particularly, finished with four shots on goal. …

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