Rangers Squeeze Past Blues

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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Martin Biron turned aside 24 shots to help the New York Rangers take a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.

Sean Avery and Derek Stepan each had a goal for the Rangers, who have won three straight. Brandon Dubinsky assisted on both goals.

Brad Winchester had the lone goal and Jaroslav Halak allowed two goals on 24 shots for the Blues, who have dropped their past three games.

After a scoreless first period, the Blues took the lead at the 2:13 mark of the second period when Eric Brewer threw a shot on net from the left point that Winchester redirected past Biron.

The Rangers, though, tied the game seven minutes later. On the transition, Dubinsky left a drop pass in the high slot for Mats Zuccarello, who fired it over to the right where Stepan blasted it past Halak.

Avery then made it a 2-1 game with 4:34 to play in the second when his wrister beat Halak for just his second goal of the season.

Biron stopped eight shots in the final frame and a late penalty to David Backes for cross-checking killed St. Louis’ hope for a comeback.

The Rangers host the Canadiens on Tuesday…St. Louis hosts Phoenix on Monday…New York improved to an NHL-best 15-7-1 on the road this season…St. Louis had won four straight against New York.

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New York Rangers At St. Louis Blues: Rangers Look For Some 'Blue' Revenge

The last time the Rangers faced the Blues this season they lost 2-0 in a listless  and embarrassing effort. The loss prompted a few changes, and it drew up some questions about what type of team the Rangers were going to be this season. 

Since then, the Rangers have answered those questions, and now they look ahead to the St. Louis Blues. 

The Rangers are on a two-game winning streak, and have won both of those games on Matts Zuccarello winners (one in overtime and one in the shootout). 

Marian Gaborik, who has been a solid player but not a game-changer this season, needs to get going, and tonight is as good a time of any to do that. Ryan McDonagh, who ended up playing last night, looked shaky early on but settled down as the game continued. 

McDonagh is expected to play again, but there is no early word from the Rangers as of yet. It will probably depend on Michal Rozsival's injury. 

Artem Anisimov should be feeling good for this game, especially after scoring a late equalizer last night against the Stars. As should Ziccarello who is staring to make a big impact for the Rangers as of now. 

Expect Henrik Lundqvist to get the starting nod. 




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