Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Michael Grabner Leads New York Rangers Past Calgary Flames 4-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Michael Grabner Leads New York Rangers Past Calgary Flames 4-1

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Grabner leads Rangers past Flames 4-1

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CALGARY - The New York Rangers have been a perfect fit for speedy newcomer Michael Grabner.

Grabner's team-leading eighth goal 6:32 into the first period gave New York the lead for good as the Rangers built up a four-goal cushion and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

The goal came on an innocent-looking rush when his 40-foot wrister beat Brian Elliott on the glove side. In 15 games, Grabner is one shy of the nine goals he scored last year with the Toronto Maple Leafs, which came in 80 games.

"Got off to a good start, got some confidence going and that makes life a little bit easier," said the 29-year-old Austrian, who signed as a free agent on July 1. "It's been working in my favour the systems here, a lot of guys that can skate here, we're trying to keep the game fast and that's obviously my kind of style."

The Rangers are the NHL's highest scoring team with 62 goals and you can see why with all four lines producing a goal on Saturday.

"In the first two periods there was no doubt," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, when asked if he thought the Rangers were the better team, despite being outshot 36-28. "We were able to create a couple turnovers, counter attack quickly, and we were able to capitalize on our opportunities."

Henrik Lundqvist had a shutout going until Micheal Ferland's power-play goal at 11:12 of the third period, which snapped an 0-for-28 drought on home ice.

"It's impressive to see how we create chances every game," said Lundqvist. "Sometimes it's tough against different lineups, different systems, but we've been able to create a lot of scoring chances. Even the games we haven't scored a lot we've had a lot of chances to do so."

Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich -- who has goals in four straight games -- also scored for New York (11-4-0). Winners of six of their last seven, the Rangers remain tied with Pittsburgh for first in the Metropolitan Division. …

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