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Stepan Up: Rangers Make It Four Straight, Defeat Jets

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Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist as the New York Rangers won their fourth straight game, defeating the Winnipeg Jets by a 2-0 score. Martin Biron got his first shutout of the season, and first in two years, stopping 23 shots for his third win – his second against the Jets. With the win, the Rangers improve to 7-3-3 on the season.

Despite squandering three-straight Jets penalties early in the third – including an extended 5-on-3 power-play – the Rangers were able to overcome by scoring two goals at even strength later in the period. The team finished 1-for-6 on the power play.

Derek Stepan opened the scoring on the power play at 10:01 of the 2nd period, converting off a hard feed from Michael Del Zotto that was tipped by Gaborik. The next goal wouldn’t come until 8:31 in the 3rd as Artem Anisimov’s work along the neutral zone boards led to a 2-on-1 and Stepan fed Gaborik for a one-time goal. Gaborik would also add an empty netter.

Join me after the jump for the full post-game report.

Post-Game Thoughts:

  • Derek Stepan continues to impress. Another two point night (G, A) and continued chemistry with his linemates. His ability to feather passes into tight areas has been brilliant to watch. No sophomore jinx for Step.
  • They dropped the first two home games but finished strong and won the last four and, in those last four games, put together strong, 60 minute efforts. It seems the Rangers have put their early season road trip behind them and are back to playing Rangers hockey.
  • The Jets looked like a team in the midst of a seven game road trip. Didn’t have the legs.
  • He wasn’t brilliant, but Marty Biron didn’t have to be (except for those frantic moments in the 1st in the crease). The Rangers did a good job eliminating high-quality scoring chances and Biron was there when needed.
  • Two more goals for Marian Gaborik as he continues to show a return to impact offensive play. Gabby’s on pace for 44 goals, which would best his 42 goals from ’09-10.
  • Eight shifts, 5:21 of ice time for Sean Avery. Talk about your impact player.
  • At times the power play looked good, but only because the puck was being moved quickly and players weren’t stationary. They still look for that perfect play but it’s a work in progress.
  • You got worried when Dan Girardi hit his head along the boards and then later when taking a shot off his hand. The team is down their best defenseman in Marc Staal; losing Dan Girardi would be a catastrophe. High marks to Danny for being a warrior in a gutty 26:47 of ice time.
  • 2-0 in the Heritage jerseys. Good luck charm?

*****

Make sure to head over to Hockey At The Forks for their thoughts on tonight’s game

Next Game: Wednesday, November 9th in Ottawa to face the Senators 7:30PM.

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Tags: Artem Anisimov Dan Giarardi Derek Stepan Marc Staal Marian Gaborik Martin Biron New York Rangers Power Play Sean Avery Winnipeg Jets

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