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Rangers lead Frolunda, 3-1

Friday, 09.30.2011 / 3:02 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Rangers World Tour

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Rangers lead Frolunda, 3-1
GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- The Rangers had to kill four straight penalties going back to the end of the first period, but Henrik Lundqvist made eight saves and came away unscathed. They faced three separate 5-on-3 disadvantages, of 73 seconds, 19 seconds and 48 seconds.

Soon after the final penalty came off the board, the Rangers got on the board, as Michael Del Zotto rifled home a shot from between the circles at the 5:24 mark of the second to give New York a 2-1 lead. Mats Zuccarello and Kris Newbury picked up the assists. Zuccarello made a great pass to get the puck to Del Zotto in space.

Erik Christensen made it 3-1 with 8:16 to play in the second with a shot from a similar spot as Del Zotto. Zuccarello again had the primary assist, with Stu Bickel also picking up the second assist.

The Rangers nearly cashed in with a power-play goal at the buzzer, but Predators prospect Magnus Hellberg made the save for Frolunda, keeping the score 3-1 heading into the third period.

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