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Dubinsky helps Rangers to third straight win

Oct 11, 2008 - 4:17 AM By Larry Fleisher PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- A year ago, the New York Rangers were unsure of what they had in Brandon Dubinsky. Now, they have a player who seems to have a knack for scoring clutch goals.

Dubinsky scored the game-winning goal and collected two assists as the Rangers posted a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Defenseman Wade Redden and Nikolai Zherdev also tallied in their home debuts with the Rangers, who are 3-0-0 for the first time since 1989-90. The Rangers have won their last four opening games at Madison Square Garden.

Aaron Voros chipped in with a goal and an assist and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for New York, which began the campaign last weekend in Prague, Czech Republic with a pair of 2-1 wins over Tampa Bay.

"It feels good to get in here and get some confidence with new teammates," Lundqvist said. "So far, it's going good."

Patrick Kane and defenseman Duncan Keith scored for Chicago, which fell to 15-21-6 in season openers on the road.

"We knew our assignments, but we just didn't do it," Blackhawks coach Denis Savard said. "We had about 30 shots and we probably missed the net 10 to a dozen times. We had good chances where we could have buried some of them. We had enough chances to win."

Voros snapped a 1-1 tie 5:15 into the second period with his first goal in 37 games dating to December 26 while a member of the Minnesota Wild. After setting up Voros' tally, Dubinsky gave the Rangers some breathing room by scoring on a breakaway with 4:35 remaining in the session.

It turned out to be Dubinsky's second career winning goal. His first came last Saturday, when he tallied on the power play in the third period vs. the Lightning.

"What I see now is a kid that does not want to let this opportunity go," New York coach Tom Renney said. "That bodes well for us."

Dubinsky's goal gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead, but they struggled to clear their own zone and saw the advantage shrink to one when Keith beat Lundqvist from the slot at 7:13 of the third period.

Dubinsky, who scored 14 goals in his rookie season, helped seal the win by picking up an assist on a goal by Zherdev, who beat goaltender Cristobal Huet to the glove side with a wrist shot from the top of the slot at 9:33.

After registering one shot on goal in 9 1/2 minutes of action in the home opener last season, Dubinsky tied a career high with three points in this one.

"The home opener for me last year, I was scared," he said. "I got out there and I was really nervous. I think I might have fallen like three times in my first four shifts. But it doesn't really change too much either.

"Obviously, you build up all summer and all training camp to have this night. It's a nerve-racking night and you want to show your fans what you can do."

Huet turned aside 25 shots for the Blackhawks, who fell to 15-21-6 in season openers on the road.

"It's not the end result we wanted," said Huet, who signed a lucrative four-year contract over the summer. "It's disappointing to lose the first one."

Redden opened the scoring by burying the rebound of captain Chris Drury's shot from the right faceoff circle at 6:47 of the first. Lundqvist made several big saves to preserve the lead, including one on a shot by Patrick Sharp during a 2-on-1 rush midway through the period, but allowed the equalizer late.

Defenseman Brian Campbell carried the puck down the left wing and banked it off the side of the net. The puck went directly to Kane, who fired it past Lundqvist from the bottom of the left circle with 2:42 remaining to forge a 1-1 tie.

Voros put New York back in front at 5:15 of the second. Dubinsky stole the puck from Dave Bolland in the offensive zone and dished it to Voros, who beat Huet with a one-timer from one knee.

"I saw (Voros) right away," Dubinsky said. "It was rolling on me. A puck like that is not easy to shoot. He made a real nice shot and scored a big goal for us."

Voros was impressed with his linemate's performance.

"He's got a lot of confidence," Voros said. "He played with a couple of phenomenal players (in Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez last season), and it was the biggest thing for him."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 0 1 2
    NY RANGERS 1 2 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - WADE REDDEN 2 (CHRIS DRURY, MARKUS NASLUND) 6:47
    CHI - PATRICK KANE 1 (BRIAN CAMPBELL) 17:18
    2ND PRD: NYR - AARON VOROS 1 (BRANDON DUBINSKY, NIKOLAI ZHERDEV) 5:15
    NYR - BRANDON DUBINSKY 2 (UNASSISTED) 15:36
    3RD

    Oct 10 9:37 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 2
    NY RANGERS 4
    3RD PRD: NYR - NIKOLAI ZHERDEV 1 (AARON VOROS, BRANDON DUBINSKY) 9:33

    Blackhawks 2, Rangers 4  3rd - 10:27Oct 10 9:21 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 2
    NY RANGERS 3
    3RD PRD: CHI - DUNCAN KEITH 1 (DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN, PATRICK SHARP) 7:13

    Blackhawks 2, Rangers 3  3rd - 12:47Oct 10 9:15 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 0 1
    NY RANGERS 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - WADE REDDEN 2 (CHRIS DRURY, MARKUS NASLUND) 6:47
    CHI - PATRICK KANE 1 (BRIAN CAMPBELL) 17:18
    2ND PRD: NYR - AARON VOROS 1 (BRANDON DUBINSKY, NIKOLAI ZHERDEV) 5:15
    NYR - BRANDON DUBINSKY 2 (UNASSISTE

    Oct 10 8:45 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 1
    NY RANGERS 3
    2ND PRD: NYR - BRANDON DUBINSKY 2 (UNASSISTED) 15:36

    Blackhawks 1, Rangers 3  2nd - 4:24Oct 10 8:36 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 1
    NY RANGERS 2
    2ND PRD: NYR - AARON VOROS 1 (BRANDON DUBINSKY) 5:15

    Blackhawks 1, Rangers 2  2nd - 14:45Oct 10 8:18 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 1
    NY RANGERS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - WADE REDDEN 2 (CHRIS DRURY, MARKUS NASLUND) 6:47
    CHI - PATRICK KANE 1 (BRIAN CAMPBELL) 17:18
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHI 8 8
    NYR 10

    Oct 10 7:52 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 1
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: CHI - PATRICK KANE 1 (BRIAN CAMPBELL) 17:13

    Blackhawks 1, Rangers 1  1st - 2:47Oct 10 7:48 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 0
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYR - WADE REDDEN 2 (CHRIS DRURY, MARKUS NASLUND) 6:47

    Blackhawks 0, Rangers 1  1st - 13:13Oct 10 7:28 PM