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Rangers' skid hits five with loss at Detroit

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:06 AM

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Rangers' skid hits five with loss at Detroit
New York Rangers 2, Detroit Red Wings 3
The winless streak reached five games for the New York Rangers on Monday night.

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist after missing 19 games with a broken right wrist, helping the Detroit Red Wings beat the reeling Blueshirts 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena.

"We know how good he is offensively and defensively, so it gives our team a boost to have a world-class player like him back," teammate Nicklas Lidstrom said. "It didn't look like he had missed 19 games.

"He makes things happen with the puck and when the other team has it, he never gives up. He'll work hard to get it back and that's why he leads the league in takeaways every year."

Brandon Dubinsky scored with 4:05 left in the game to pull the Rangers within a goal. They failed to tie the game despite having a two-man advantage for 44 seconds late in the third and being on the power play to end the game.

Datsyuk's second-period goal allowed Detroit to avoid getting shut out in three straight games for the first time in franchise history.

"I need more games, for sure," Datsyuk said. "And, maybe more work out off ice."

Detroit's Jimmy Howard stopped the first 32 shots he faced and finished with 45 saves.

"I thought Howie was good, which is real important for us," coach Mike Babcock said.

Martin Biron, making his second straight start in place of Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 32 shots for the Rangers.

Detroit snapped out of a scoreless funk by scoring three times after getting blanked in back-to-back games.

"You don't want to be a part of that stuff," said Drew Miller, whose goal ended up being the game-winning score. "We weren't too worried about that."

The Rangers haven't won in regulation since beating Toronto on Jan. 19 and are mired in their worst slump of the year, going winless in five games.
"This is our first major bump in the road," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "We've got to just stick with it."

New York's Derek Stepan tied the game 1-all at the 3:09 mark of the final period and Jiri Hudler, with an assist from Datsyuk, put the Red Wings back ahead a couple minutes later.

Miller seemed to seal an easy victory when he scored with 5:23 left in the game, but Dubinsky scored about a minute later.

Former Red Wing Sean Avery drew two high-sticking penalties late in the game, getting hit in the face both times, but the Rangers couldn't take advantage of the opportunity to make it 3-all and force overtime.
 
"We're angry," New York center Brian Boyle said.

On the same night the Red Wings welcomed back Datsyuk, they lost another player when Valtteri Filppula was knocked out of the game with a lower-body injury.

"A little bump on his knee," Babcock said. "We're going to check him (Tuesday) and see where he's at."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:52
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Jiri Hudler (15), Daniel Cleary (11)
1 - 0 DET
3rd Period
03:09
NYR
Derek Stepan (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Gilroy (6), Wojtek Wolski (16)
1 - 1 Tie
05:04
DET
Jiri Hudler (5) Snap shot - ASST: Jonathan Ericsson (11), Pavel Datsyuk (28)
2 - 1 DET
14:37
DET
Drew Miller (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Justin Abdelkader (9)
3 - 1 DET
15:55
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky (18) Snap shot - ASST: Sean Avery (19), Marian Gaborik (18)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
03:27
NYR
Michael Sauer  Tripping against  Daniel Cleary
19:16
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Holding against  Brandon Dubinsky
2nd Period
06:49
NYR
Brandon Prust  Holding the stick against  Niklas Kronwall
3rd Period
06:30
DET
Jakub Kindl  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:20
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Hi-sticking against  Sean Avery
17:36
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Hi stick - double minor against  Sean Avery
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 35TOI: 58:45
Saves: 32EV: 29 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .914SH: 0 - 0
Jimmy Howard
SA: 47TOI: 60:00
Saves: 45EV: 40 - 42
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .957SH: 1 - 1