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Rangers Road Success Continues in Win Over Wild

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The Rangers' dominance on the road continued with a 3-2 victory over the Wild in Minnesota Saturday night.

New York scored three straight goals for their NHL-leading 26th road win of the season.

"There's no doubt that we played a good game in a real tough building," coach Alain Vigneault said of the win. "It was a real gutsy performance by our group here."

After Eric Staal put the Wild ahead at 12:54 of the first period, Brady Skjei tied the game when his slap shot from the point beat Devan Dubnyk at 16:01. Mats Zuccarello faked a shot from just inside the blue line and fed the Minnesota-native for his fourth goal of the season.

"Adam started a good play from the point," said Skjei of Adam Clendening, who picked up the secondary assist. "Zucc had a great fake and I knew I had to shoot quick to beat the goalie. Just fire it off as quick as I could and it went in."

Video: NYR@MIN: Skjei blisters one-timer past Dubnyk

The goal was a special one for the 22-year-old, who is from Lakeville, Minn.

"It's unbelievable," Skjei said. "It's the rink I've come to since I was a little kid. It's my hometown team, so, it was a dream come true. I won't forget that one."

Oscar Lindberg put the Rangers ahead for the first time on the night when he buried a no-look pass from J.T. Miller behind the net 7:46 into the middle period for his sixth goal of the season.

Video: NYR@MIN: Vesey uses crafty move to bury rebound

The Rangers would extend their lead to two when Jimmy Vesey put home a rebound off a shot from Pavel Buchnevich with 2:26 left in the second. Buchnevich fired a slap shot from the boards that Dubnyk stopped, but Vesey drove to the net and found the loose puck to put the Rangers up 3-1.

Matt Dumba scored a power play goal 4:51 into the third to get the Wild within a goal, but Antti Raanta shut the door the rest of the way.

Raanta finished with 25 saves, including 14 over the final two periods for his 15th win of the year. 

Vigneault praised his fourth line of Lindberg between Vesey and Buchenvich. In fact, they played so well Vigneault gave it a name.

"I thought our kid line was real good," Vigneault said. "They got us that big goal in the second period."

The Rangers are now 10-3 in the second game of a back-to-back this season. Vigneault said the win was the result of a strong efforts from throughout the lineup.

"To come in, this team, you just look at their lineup and to get two points, you need a solid effort from your whole group," Vigneault said. "We got that tonight."

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