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Gomez's goal lifts Rangers past Ducks

Jan 21, 2009 - 4:06 AM By Larry Fleisher PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Rangers often hear boos from their home crowd when their power play fails. When it produces timely goals, they get the opposite reaction.

Scott Gomez scored his first power-play goal of the season with 7:21 remaining in the third period as the Rangers squandered a pair of leads before posting a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

Markus Naslund converted a man-advantage chance in the first period and Fredrik Sjostrom netted a shorthanded tally early in the second for New York, which improved to 4-1-1 in its last six contests.

"Really important," Rangers coach Tom Renney said of his team's man-advantage unit. "The power play has got to click. It's a great way to wrap up when your power play gets the job done."

Penalty-killer Blair Betts added a shorthanded empty-netter in the final minute for the Rangers, who reclaimed the lead in the Atlantic Division, passing the idle New Jersey Devils.

Bobby Ryan scored a power-play goal in the opening period and Corey Perry tallied late in the second for the Ducks, who fell to 1-2-0 on their current five-game road trip.

"You've got to win the special-teams battles," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "They scored a power-play goal, and then we were in a situation with a 6-on-4 and we tried to make a 1-on-1 play at the blue line, and that's not the right time or the right situation to try and make those plays."

Naslund's goal came on New York's first power play of the night, and the Rangers failed to score on their next five.

"It was weird because it didn't look good," Rangers All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said of the power play. "We were struggling on the power play and we still scored two goals. If you score two goals on the power play, I think you have to be pleased with it.

"A lot of parts, we were really struggling and had a tough time even getting it in the zone. Those two goals, it's not like they were not really sharp. That's what happens a lot of times. You can't even get it in the zone, and then suddenly, you make a couple of plays."

They finally struck again when Naslund backhanded the puck through the crease to Gomez. Stationed on the doorstep, Gomez finished the play by putting a backhander over goaltender Jonas Hiller's left pad.

"I got a little lucky, let's not get crazy," Gomez said. "I poked that one through. That was all Markus."

While Gomez netted his first power-play tally since March 14, the Ducks were disappointed in letting it happen.

"It was a 1-on-1 in front of the slot," Hiller said. "I don't know if he lost the puck. It went right on Gomez's stick and he had an empty net."

"Those are the plays right now that are going against us," Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger added. "It starts out a nothing play. Maybe I should have forced it on the wall. When it goes to (Nikolai) Zherdev, I get caught on the wrong side and he gets the puck."

Gomez's tally was his first in seven games, and it continued the trend of New York producing timely power-play goals. In their last three victories, the Rangers are 5-for-14 with the extra skater, including Nigel Dawes' game-winner last week against the New York Islanders on January 13 and captain Chris Drury's overtime tally in Chicago on Friday.

"They've come at big times and big moments in the game, and that's what's going to make the difference for us down the stretch," Drury said.

Entering with the NHL's fourth-worst power-play unit, New York scored more than one man-advantage goal for the seventh time this season. It will take a 28-16-4 record into the All-Star break.

Lundqvist made 32 saves and preserved the tie by making nice stops on Perry and Drew Miller. He maintained New York's third one-goal lead of the night by denying Brendan Morrison with just over two minutes remaining.

Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi received a delay-of-game penalty with 1:57 remaining, and the Ducks pulled Hiller - who stopped 26 shots - for an extra attacker in the final minute to create a two-man advantage but could not get the equalizer.






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    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) MARKUS NASLUND 15 (RYAN CALLAHAN, SCOTT GOMEZ)
    12:46
    ANA - (PP) BOBBY RYAN 14 (SAMUEL PAHLSSON, RYAN GETZLAF)
    13:45
    2ND PRD: NYR - (SH) FREDRIK SJOSTROM 3 (MICHAL ROZSIVAL) 3:22
    ANA - COREY PERRY 14 (ANDR

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    ANAHEIM 2
    NY RANGERS 4
    3RD PRD: NYR - (SH) (EN) BLAIR BETTS 5 (UNASSISTED) 19:26

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    ANAHEIM 2
    NY RANGERS 3
    3RD PRD: NYR - (PP) SCOTT GOMEZ 9 (MARKUS NASLUND, NIKOLAI ZHERDEV)
    12:39

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ANAHEIM 1 1 2
    NY RANGERS 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) MARKUS NASLUND 15 (RYAN CALLAHAN, SCOTT GOMEZ)
    12:46
    ANA - (PP) BOBBY RYAN 14 (SAMUEL PAHLSSON, RYAN GETZLAF)
    13:45
    2ND PRD: NYR - (SH) FREDRIK SJOSTROM 3 (MICHAL ROZSIVAL) 3:22
    ANA - COREY P

    Jan 20 8:36 PM


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    ANAHEIM 2
    NY RANGERS 2
    2ND PRD: ANA - COREY PERRY 14 (ANDREW EBBETT, SCOTT NIEDERMAYER) 18:23

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    ANAHEIM 1
    NY RANGERS 2
    2ND PRD: NYR - (SH) FREDRIK SJOSTROM 3 (MICHAL ROZSIVAL) 3:22

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    NY RANGERS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) MARKUS NASLUND 15 (RYAN CALLAHAN, SCOTT GOMEZ)
    12:46
    ANA - (PP) BOBBY RYAN 14 (SAMUEL PAHLSSON, RYAN GETZLAF)
    13:45
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    ANAHEIM 1
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    1ST PRD: ANA - (PP) BOBBY RYAN 14 (SAMUEL PAHLSSON, RYAN GETZLAF)
    13:45

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    ANAHEIM 0
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) MARKUS NASLUND 15 (RYAN CALLAHAN, SCOTT GOMEZ)
    12:46

    Ducks 0, Rangers 1  1st - 7:14Jan 20 7:31 PM