Sep 23, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers vs. Calgary Flames - Postgame [Game 3]

Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers, fresh off a golf outing and banquet, raising over $300,000 for the victims of the horrific flood in the Alberta area, the Rangers came into Calgary, and fell to the Flames 4-1 in preseason action.

The Rangers started off looking strong, as they were applying pressure to the Flames and goaltender Kari Ramo, who has returned to the NHL, looking for a starting job, and possibly securing it after his strong performance during tonight’s game. The Rangers, would visit the penalty box, early and often, but the Flames couldn’t capitalize on the powerplay, going 0 for 3 in today’s game.

The Flames would capitalize on the Rangers defensive mistakes, as they opened up the scoring, 18 seconds after their first powerplay ended as Curtis Glencross beat Lundqvist glove side on a breakaway to make the Flames take an early 1-0 lead.

The Rangers wouldn’t get any sustained pressure, as penalties, and the onslaught by the Flames would deny them any chances. But, the Rangers would hold off the onslaught (mainly Lundqvist), and ended the first period only down 1-0.

The second period started, and the Rangers had a little more jump. Nerves were calmer, and they were skating much better, sustaining pressure in the Flames zone, making Ramo do a bit more work. Yet, the Rangers couldn’t find the back of the net.  Coincidental minors were assessed to Aaron Asham and Lance Bouma, and the Flames capitalized on the open ice as, Dennis Wideman scored giving the Flames a 2-0 lead.

The Rangers would go on their only powerplay of the game, and would jump on the opportunity. Marc Staal would score on the powerplay, and would cut the Flames lead to one, as the Rangers were really looking as if they were finally coming back, and ended the second down 2-1.

The Rangers looked possessed at the beginning of the third period, attacking the net making chances happen, looking strong. Looking like at any minute they could end up tying it at two. The Rangers would see most of their offense coming from their fourth line as Darroll Powe and Aaron Asham, two men fighting for their jobs contributed on most of their scoring chances, and Brandon Mashinter coming in to clean up when necessary. Yet, they couldn’t figure out Kari Ramo, who finished the game making 27 saves on 28 shots by the Rangers.

Matt Stajan would score for the Flames, making it 3-1, and Bouma would add an empty net goal, as the Rangers lost the game 4-1.

The Rangers don’t have a break tomorrow as they head over to Edmonton to face the Oilers. Backup Martin Biron is expected to start, and will play the entire game. Alain Vigneault will not be behind the bench, as he will be an eye in the sky looking on evaluating players, as the teams preseason starts to come ever close to the end.

Scoring Summary





Curtis Glencross

Matt Stajan, Dennis Wideman





Dennis Wideman

Matt Stajan, T.J. Galiardi





Marc Staal

Jesper Fast, Michael Del Zotto





Matt Stajan

Curtis Glencorss, Lee Stempiak





Lance Bouma

Sean Monahan

Penalty Summary

1 NYR 3:46 Stu Bickel Hooking
1 NYR 11:12 Justin Falk Interference
1 NYR 17:29 Stu Bickel Fighting (Major)
1 CGY 17:29 Lance Bouma Fighting (Major)
2 NYR 5:07 Aaron Asham Hooking
2 CGY 5:07 Lance Bouma Diving
2 CGY 15:22 Mark Giordano Tripping
3 CGY 12:25 Curtis Glencross Fighting (Major)
3 NYR 12:25 John Moore Fighting (Major)
3 NYR 12:52 Stu Bickel Hooking

Shots Summary

NYR 6 16 6 28
CGY 9 6 13 28

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