The Rangers team at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament silenced the hometown fans Monday night by storming back with two late third period-goals and beating the host Detroit Red Wings 6-5 in an overtime thriller.Brandon Dubinsky
notched the winner for the Blueshirts at 2:59 of the extra period, sending them into the eight-team tournament's third-place game against Dallas on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Rangers went 2-1 in round-robin play, but finished second in the Eastern group behind Atlanta, which defeated Tampa Bay on Monday to improve to 3-0.
The capacity crowd at the Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., was there to support of the Red Wings, but that didn't seem to faze the Rangers prospects, who carried play at the beginning and end of the game and forced Detroit into several early penalties that set the tone for a night filled with power plays.
Just four minutes into the opening period, the Rangers took a 1-0 lead on a man-advantage goal by Tomas Zaborsky, assisted by Dane Byers and defenseman Marc Staal
The Blueshirts the stretched their lead to 3-0 with seven minutes left in the period, thanks to two more power-play goals. The first came on a two-man advantage from Ryan Russell, off assists from Marc-Andre Cliche and Corey Potter at the 10:23 mark. Just 2:20 later, Potter scored on another 5-on-3, connecting from the point on assists from Ryan Constant and Dubinsky.
But the Wings came back against Rangers starting goaltender John Murray, who is playing for New York on a tryout basis at this tournament. Late in the first period, Detroit rallied for three straight goals by Ryan Keller, Justin Donati and Tyler Donati, sending the crowd into a frenzy by tying up the game at the first intermission.
At 6:46 of the second period, Detroit took a 4-3 lead on Cory Emmerton's shorthanded goal, and the Wings then went up by two when Bretton Stamler on the second of two back-to-back 5-on-3 opportunities at 11:59. Through 40 minutes, the Wings held a 5-3 lead.
The third period and beyond belonged to the Rangers, although both teams took several penalties and Murray and Detroit's Stefan Liv battled save-for-save through the period's first 19 minutes.
Still trailing by two goals with just over a minute remaining in regulation, the Rangers pulled Murray for the extra attacker -- a move that sparked to two goals in the final 60 seconds.
Zaborsky, a Slovakia native selected last June at the draft in Vancouver, netted his second goal of the game to cut the lead to 5-4 with just 49 seconds remaining. Bobby Sanguinetti, the Rangers' first round pick in 2006, and 2005 third-rounder Brodie Dupont picked up the assists -- setting the stage for the drama that followed when Sanguinetti delivered the tying goal on a pass from Dubinsky at 19:39.
The teams were scoreless in the first half of overtime, played at 4-on-4. In the second portion, with the teams skating 3-on-3, Dubinsky took charge in the offensive zone and delivered the winner - his third point of the game.
The Rangers outshot the Wings 38-33 and were 3-for-10 on the power-play, compared to Detroit's 1-for-6 success rate.
Today's 5:30 p.m. game against Dallas will be for the tournament's "bronze medal". Atlanta and Columbus will play for the championship at 6 p.m. Both of those teams went 3-0 in the round-robin portion.
|FORWARD LINES |
|Left Wing ||Center ||Right Wing |
|Brodie Dupont ||Ryan Russell ||Rick Kozak |
|Jakub Petruzalek ||Marc-Andre Cliche ||Eric Hunter |
|Dane Byers ||Brandon Dubinsky ||David Kveton |
|Ryan Hillier ||Tomas Zaborsky ||Lukas Zeliska |
|DEFENSE PAIRINGS |
|Left Defense ||Right Defense |
|Marc Staal ||Josh Godfrey |
|Philippe Furrer ||Bobby Sanguinetti |
|Ryan Constant ||Corey Potter |
|Goaltenders: Chris Holt, John Murray |