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Rangers Open Road Trip With Big Win Over Flames

Four Rangers Score Goals in Victory

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

CALGARY - The goals returned for the Rangers and more importantly, the team's uptempo play and strong defense that was the hallmark for the first month of the regular season.

Four different Rangers scored, including Pavel Buchnevich's fourth goal in as many games, in the team's 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames to open up their four-game road trip.

"It's definitely the start we wanted," J.T. Miller said. "We wanted to put our best foot in front of ourselves after a couple days off and a loss. It felt good to score on a lot of our chances. I thought we created a lot of looks."

The Rangers were flying from the start and opened the scoring 6:32 into the game when Michael Grabner broke in and fired a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Brian Elliott for his eighth of the season, all of which have come at even strength.

Video: NYR@CGY: Stepan doubles the lead on Kreider's feed

New York doubled its lead before the period ended when Derek Stepan capped off a pretty give-and-go sequence with Chris Kreider for his second tally of the season.

The goals kept coming in the second when Jimmy Vesey, moved to a line with Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller, redirected a pass in the slot from Ryan McDonagh to make it 3-0 Blueshirts.

"I thought we definitely got back to basics and used our speed and really made it a point to put it behind Calgary's D and get to work," said Vesey. "I thought we played with a lot of speed through two periods. We had four goals and that was the difference in the game."

Buchnevich's marker was of the highlight-reel variety, when he buried a beautiful look from Mats Zuccarello into the net to make it 4-0 for the visitors.

Video: NYR@CGY: Buchnevich caps off a great passing play

 "They definitely can move it around. I thought they had some good looks," head coach Alain Vigneault said. "They competed hard and they got us a big goal at an important time."

Henrik Lundqvist was strong in net making 33 saves for the win. His biggest on the night came late in the first period when he denied Johnny Gaudreau on a breakaway the preserved the Rangers' two-goal lead. 

"I thought we played a really smart road game in the third," Lundqvist said. "They came really hard. We took a couple penalties that made it hard for us. A 4-1 win to start the road trip. We're really happy with that."

Video: NYR@CGY: Lundqvist denies Gaudreau's break

Micheal Ferland scored a power play goal for Calgary.

The Rangers continue their road trip tomorrow night against the Edmonton Oilers.

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