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Rangers coach Alain Vigneault gets 600th victory

Henrik Lundqvist makes 43 saves in win against Ducks

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Alain Vigneault got his 600th NHL win and Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 43 saves in the New York Rangers' 4-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Michael Grabner scored twice, including his 25th goal of the season, and Oscar Lindberg and Mats Zuccarello also scored for New York (34-18-1).

Vigneault is the fifth active coach to win 600 NHL games, joining Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks), Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars), Barry Trotz (Washington Capitals) and Darryl Sutter (Los Angeles Kings). He is the 15th in League history to reach the milestone.


WATCH: All Ducks vs. Rangers highlights


"Good players," Vigneault said when asked what's made him successful. "You need good players, and that's what I've been fortunate to have."

Jakob Silfverberg scored for the Ducks (28-17-10), who lost their third straight in the midst of a season long six-game, 14-day road trip. Anaheim is 2-4-1 in its past seven games.

Video: ANA@NYR: Lundqvist makes a nice pair of saves

Lindberg opened the scoring with his second goal of the season 4:01 into the game.

Zuccarello made it 2-0 at 1:06 of the second period. His initial shot was forced wide by a sliding Cam Fowler, but Brady Skjei kept the play alive and sent the puck in front, where it deflected off Chris Kreider's stick to Zuccarello, whose slap shot beat goalie John Gibson.

Silfverberg scored his 16th goal to make it 2-1 after Skjei turned the puck over behind the Rangers net. Andrew Cogliano retrieved it and fed Silfverberg for the one-timer over Lundqvist's right shoulder at 6:14.

Video: ANA@NYR: Zuccarello roofs Kreider's nice feed

Grabner scored during a 4-on-4 situation at 3:45 of the third to make it 3-1 off a pretty cross-ice pass from J.T. Miller. He scored his second of the game and 25th of the season with an empty-net goal at 19:41.

"It was obviously a nice long pass that threaded the needle and gave me a lot of time," Grabner said. "[Miller] has great vision out there and it's just easy for me to get open, try to use my speed and let them make the plays."

Video: ANA@NYR: Silfverberg beats Lundqvist from the circle

Anaheim went 0-for-4 with the man-advantage.

"We had a power play that we should have been in a situation where you get one goal on the power play or two goals on the power play, it's a totally different hockey game," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We weren't able to deliver."

Gibson made 16 saves.

Goal of the game

Pavel Buchnevich set up the game's first goal with a beautiful backhand pass to Lindberg in front of the net. It was Buchnevich's first point in six games.

Video: ANA@NYR: Lindberg slams home Buchnevich's feed

Save of the game

Gibson denied Grabner with a glove save on a breakaway that would have given the Rangers a 3-0 lead at 2:23 of the second period. Gibson later robbed Jimmy Vesey's one-timer with a blocker save at 4:09.

Video: ANA@NYR: Gibson flashes the leather to rob Grabner

Highlight of the game

Miller threaded a pass around three defenders that found Grabner, who skated past Ryan Getzlaf and finished the play for his 24th goal. Grabner's 34 points are his highest total since he had 52 with the New York Islanders in 2010-11.

Video: ANA@NYR: Grabner beats Gibson with bar-down snipe

Unsung performance of the game

The Rangers killed off Skjei's four-minute minor high-sticking penalty that bridged the second and third periods and kept it a 2-1 game thanks to two blocked shots and two saves by Lundqvist.

They said it

"The way we worked together today was I think the key. They boxed out the guys so well. There were so many shots from the point and from far out with traffic. The way they battled in front to help me there I think was the key for me and for the team. It makes a big difference when you can read the shot from the get-go." -- Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist


"That was awesome. He gave us a chance to win. That's huge in a game like that where I thought they brought their 'A' game. They came out flying, so it was kind of hard to stop at the beginning but he kept us in there, and we found a way to capitalize on opportunities." -- Rangers forward J.T. Miller on Henrik Lundqvist


"Our power's play got to get better. Our power play can't go out and give up a chance against. We can't go out there and not score goals. That's essentially what it is. Our power play's been struggling a little bit as of late and it's one of those things. Throughout every season, our power play goes up and down every time. Everybody panics when it's down, everybody's gliding when it's up. We're relying on it a little bit too much. We've got to generate a bit more 5-on-5." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf

Need to know

Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his past seven starts (6-1-0, 1.88 goals-against average, .941 save percentage, one shutout) and is two wins from 400 in his NHL career. … Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen (lower body) missed his second straight game. … Rangers forward Kevin Hayes played 16:35 after missing five games because of a lower-body injury.

What's next

Ducks: At the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Rangers: Host the Nashville Predators on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-TN, NHL.TV)


Video: Lundqvist makes 43 saves as Rangers defeat Ducks, 4-1

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