Road Warrior Rangers Defeat Blues 2-1
New York, NY- The New York Rangers (25-15-3) continue to reign in the NHL as road warriors, and held on to that title with their 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues (20-14-6) in hockey action on Sunday night.
All of the offensive action for both squads happened in the second period of play. St. Louis was able to strike first when Brad Winchester (7) was able to tip-in a 24 foot shot, which was set up by Eric Brewer (5) and Brad Boyes (13) for the 1-0 lead.
The Blueshirts were able to strike back though on a pretty play at the 9:12 mark. Brandon Dubinsky (19) and Mats Zuccarello (3) were able to get the puck to Derek Stepan. Stepan (12) would quickly put in a 19 foot wrister to make the score 1-1.
New York would be able to get the game-winning goal on another blue collar effort as Sean Avery (2) went skating right into the Blues cage and put in a eight foot wrister to make the score 2-1. Marian Gaborik (12) and Dubinsky (20) were both on the assist in this effort as all three players went crashing into the cage to try to get the puck. In the end Avery was able to bang home the puck to give the road warrior Rangers the 2-1 victory.
That lead was enough for first star Martin Biron who finished the night with 24 saves in a stellar effort for the Rangers. While on the other side of the ice St. Louis keeper Jaroslav Halak finished the night with 22 saves.
New York will return to Madison Square Garden for an ‘Original Six’ match-up with the Montreal Canadiens for a 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night face-off.
Injury Note: Alexander Frolov was injured in the winding minutes of the third period of play. The winger did come back out to the ice to see if he could continue to play, but quickly headed back to the bench in pain. No word on if the wingers injury is serious or not.