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Tortorella gets first win as Rangers bury Avalanche

Mar 1, 2009 - 4:26 AM
NEW YORK (Ticker) -- John Tortorella collected his first win as coach of the New York Rangers - thanks to a rare scoring outburst from the worst offense in the NHL.

Ryan Callahan and Nikolai Zherdev both scored in the first 68 seconds of the contest as the Rangers cruised to a 6-1 victory over the slumping Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Scott Gomez notched a goal and two assists and All-Star Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game losing streak with their highest scoring output of the season.

"Finally. We deserve this," Lundqvist said. "At least that's what I feel. We had so many games where it didn't go our way and we worked so hard."

Zherdev and captain Chris Drury each recorded a goal and an assist, Petr Prucha and Markus Naslund also tallied and rookie Lauri Korpikoski had a pair of assists for New York, which entered this contest with an NHL-worst 2.29 goals per game.

"All the big guys scored a goal, so hopefully they'll feel good about stuff," Tortorella said. "It's a confidence thing, it's not effort, it's not the execution, it's just the finish and I think that's confidence."

Tortorella, who replaced fired Tom Renney on Monday, witnessed a pair of 2-1 losses since taking the helm. He also went 0-3-1 in a short stint with the Rangers during the 1999-2000 campaign.

Ryan Smyth netted the lone goal for the Avalanche, who have lost four games in a row. Colorado had won its previous seven meetings with the Rangers.

"We didn't play the way we wanted to from the start of the game through the end," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "They came out flying. They got a new coach in there and they were looking to get something going."

Callahan opened the scoring 28 ticks into the contest off a pass from Brandon Dubinsky, who led the 2-on-1 rush. Zherdev tallied 40 seconds later to give the Rangers an early 2-0 edge.

"I thought that was important tonight - to get off to a fast start," Tortorella said. "In the three games I've been involved with the organization, I think we've played well enough to win all three of them."

"To break out the gates with two quick ones, it takes some relief of the guys," Dubinsky said. "It lets guys relax and play their game and do what they're best at. So it was just a confidence boast."

Prucha scored with 6:36 left in the first period, chasing Peter Budaj from the game. Gomez extended the lead to 4-0 just 98 ticks later by deflecting defenseman Marc Staal's shot past Andrew Raycroft.

Drury netted a power-play goal at 4:56 of the middle session, ending a career-long, goal-scoring drought. It was Drury's first goal since January 16, a span of 17 games.

Budaj stopped just six of the nine shots he faced before being replaced by Raycroft, who made 17 saves.

"It definitely wasn't the start we expected," Budaj said. "It starts with me. We have to be better than that. It's disappointing and pretty embarrassing. We've got to find a way to be ready from start to finish."






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  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 0 1 0 1
    NY RANGERS 4 1 1 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 14 (BRANDON DUBINSKY, CHRIS DRURY) 0:28
    NYR - NIKOLAI ZHERDEV 17 (LAURI KORPIKOSKI) 1:08
    NYR - PETR PRUCHA 4 (LAURI KORPIKOSKI, PAUL MARA) 13:24
    NYR - SCOTT GOMEZ 13 (MARC STAAL, NIKOLAI ZHERDEV) 1

    Feb 28 9:38 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 1
    NY RANGERS 6
    3RD PRD: NYR - MARKUS NASLUND 20 (SCOTT GOMEZ, DMITRI KALININ) 14:49

    Avalanche 1, Rangers 6  3rd - 5:11Feb 28 9:20 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 0 1 1
    NY RANGERS 4 1 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 14 (BRANDON DUBINSKY, CHRIS DRURY) 0:28
    NYR - NIKOLAI ZHERDEV 17 (LAURI KORPIKOSKI) 1:08
    NYR - PETR PRUCHA 4 (LAURI KORPIKOSKI, PAUL MARA) 13:24
    NYR - SCOTT GOMEZ 13 (MARC STAAL, NIKOL

    Feb 28 8:37 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 1
    NY RANGERS 5
    2ND PRD: COL - RYAN SMYTH 21 (MILAN HEJDUK, JOHN-MICHAEL LILES) 13:05

    Avalanche 1, Rangers 5  2nd - 6:55Feb 28 8:25 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 0
    NY RANGERS 5
    2ND PRD: NYR - (PP) CHRIS DRURY 16 (SCOTT GOMEZ, MARKUS NASLUND) 4:56
    (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Avalanche 0, Rangers 5  2nd - 15:04Feb 28 8:11 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 0 0
    NY RANGERS 4 4 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 14 (BRANDON DUBINSKY, CHRIS DRURY) 0:28
    NYR - NIKOLAI ZHERDEV 17 (LAURI KORPIKOSKI) 1:08
    NYR - PETR PRUCHA 4 (LAURI KORPIKOSKI, PAUL MARA) 13:24
    NYR - SCOTT GOMEZ 13 (MARC STAAL, NIKOL

    Feb 28 7:45 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 0
    NY RANGERS 4
    1ST PRD: NYR - SCOTT GOMEZ 13 (MARC STAAL, NIKOLAI ZHERDEV) 15:02

    Avalanche 0, Rangers 4  1st - 4:58Feb 28 7:38 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 0
    NY RANGERS 3
    1ST PRD: NYR - PETR PRUCHA 4 (LAURI KORPIKOSKI, NIGEL DAWES) 13:24

    Avalanche 0, Rangers 3  1st - 6:36Feb 28 7:35 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 0
    NY RANGERS 2
    1ST PRD: NYR - NIKOLAI ZHERDEV 17 (LAURI KORPIKOSKI) 1:08

    Avalanche 0, Rangers 2  1st - 18:52Feb 28 7:12 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 0
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 14 (BRANDON DUBINSKY, CHRIS DRURY) 0:28

    Avalanche 0, Rangers 1  1st - 19:32Feb 28 7:11 PM