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Rangers look sharp in 5-1 win over Red Wings

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:16 AM

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Rangers look sharp in 5-1 win over Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings 1, New York Rangers 5
Rookie Derek Stepan is doing his best to convince the New York Rangers that he's ready to play in the NHL.

Stepan scored a goal Wednesday night and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots as the Rangers turned in their best effort of the preseason with a solid 5-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden.

Stepan, the Rangers' second-round pick in 2009, is trying to make the team after signing with the team after two seasons at the University of Wisconsin.

"It's a tough situation; you don't want to overthink stuff," he said. "You don't want to get yourself over-involved and your mind confused. You just want to play and whatever happens, happens."

He was relieved to get his first goal in his third preseason appearance. He has 3 points in the three games.

“It was like getting a monkey off my back because I was kind of gripping the stick a little tight, so it felt good to finally tap one in,” Stepan said. “I’m just trying to keep it simple, but it’s very hard. Each night I go to bed, doing numbers in my head, doing lines in my head. It’s non-stop (thinking about making the team).”

Lundqvist was impressed with what he saw from the 20-year-old.

“He plays very mature and very solid,” Lundqvist said. “Sometimes when you are young and just coming into the league, you don’t think, you just play. You focus on trying to do everything right. It seems like that is what he is doing. He’s had a very good camp."

Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist in New York's three-goal first period. Stepan and Michael Del Zotto scored in the third for New York, which has won three of its four games.

Gaborik scored his third goal of the season when he ripped a power-play wrister past Jimmy Howard 60 seconds into the game, then capped New York's three-goal first period by setting up rookie defenseman Michael Sauer's wide-open wrist shot from the slot past Jimmy Howard at 19:01.

Detroit, which beat the Rangers 5-3 at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, outshot New York 36-26, but Lundqvist allowed only a second-period power-play goal by Brian Rafalski -- one of the few regulars to make the trip. While the Rangers dressed many of their regulars, the Red Wings left most of their top guns back in Detroit, including Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

Stepan and second-year defenseman Del Zotto beat Howard in the third period to give Lundqvist a rare cushion -- the Rangers scored one goal or less in nearly 30 percent of their games last season.

"It was a great team game," Lundqvist said. "For me personally it felt pretty good to face a lot of shots.  We did a good job  to force them into a lot of shots.  As a goalie it is a lot easier."

Rangers coach John Tortorella was pleased with the play of young defensemen Sauer, Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy as New York heads into a home-and-home series with Ottawa to conclude the preseason.

"Gilly has tried to be more aggressive," Tortorella said. "Tthat is a point of contention for us as far as defending harder. He is trying, he is trying.  Michael, I thought, made some good plays tonight … stayed within himself.  Not always looking for the long pass but made some good stretch plays. And then  Sauer, again, I don't want to get ahead of myself, I want to watch tape but I know Mike played within himself which he has done all camp and that is why he is still here. 

"We just keep on banging away, practice tomorrow and see where it all falls.  We play a good team against Ottawa the next couple of nights and then make some decisions."


scoring summary
1st Period
01:00
NYR
PPG - Marian Gaborik (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Michal Rozsival (1)
1 - 0 NYR
04:39
NYR
Sean Avery (1) Snap shot - ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (1), Derek Stepan (1)
2 - 0 NYR
19:01
NYR
Michael Sauer (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Christensen (1), Marian Gaborik (1)
3 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
08:21
DET
PPG - Brian Rafalski (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Smith (1), Todd Bertuzzi (1)
3 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
01:38
NYR
Derek Stepan (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (2), Pavel Valentenko (1)
4 - 1 NYR
07:34
NYR
Michael Del Zotto (1) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Frolov (1)
5 - 1 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:31
DET
Johan Franzen  Hooking  - 2 min against  Marc Staal
17:58
DET
Johan Franzen  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Michal Rozsival
18:39
NYR
Tim Kennedy  Interference - Goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Jimmy Howard
2nd Period
07:41
NYR
Brandon Prust  Holding  - 2 min against  Jan Mursak
10:36
DET
Tomas Tatar  Interference  - 2 min against  Sean Avery
17:29
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Sean Avery
3rd Period
05:34
DET
Darren Helm  Tripping  - 2 min against  Matt Gilroy
05:34
NYR
Matt Gilroy  Interference  - 2 min against  Darren Helm
09:59
NYR
Marian Gaborik  Slashing  - 2 min against  Jakub Kindl
14:22
DET
Johan Franzen  Too many men on the ice  - 2 min
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
GA: 5SV%: .808
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
GA: 1SV%: .972