Rangers rally, edge Flames in shootout

Tal Pinchevsky  - Staff Writer | Monday, 12.16.2013 / 12:31 AM

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot admitted he had been waiting for some time to use his favorite shootout move. In the Rangers' first shootout in 41 games, Pouliot used that move to help his team get two points.

Pouliot scored in the seventh round of the shootout to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 win against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden Sunday night.

After deking to his left in the shootout, Pouliot fully extended his right arm and tucked the puck into the far end of the net with Flames goalie Karri Ramo out of the play.

"I just went in and I knew I was going to do that. I just had to get the goalie to move with me and then let the arm do the rest," said Pouliot, who used the same move to win a shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 6, 2011 as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. "I've done it in Montreal and it worked once. Then I tried it afterwards and it didn't work. Tonight I thought I'd try it again, and it worked."

Chris Kreider, Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan scored in regulation for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves. Sean Monahan, Curtis Glencross and Mikael Backlund scored for the Flames; Ramo stopped 29 of 32 shots.

In an exciting shootout, Calgary scored twice with the game hanging in the balance. Lee Stempniak beat Lundqvist glove side after Brad Richards gave New York the lead in the fourth round. Then in Round 6, Paul Byron deked to his backhand and beat Lundqvist between the legs after Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers.

It was New York's first win on its nine-game homestand; the Rangers had gone 0-3-1 through the first four games.

"It was our first shootout of the year and I think a lot of guys showed that they're good in the shootout," Hagelin said. "We have a lot of confidence going into the shootout. We have Hank back there and the players to put the puck in the net. We showed that tonight."

The Rangers made it to the shootout after overcoming deficits of 3-2 and 2-0, with Kreider earning the equalizer at an opportune time.

Down 3-2 in the third, New York struggled to generate offense after Monahan scored the go-ahead score. After mustering one shot in 7:23, Stepan's backhand coming down the wing was stopped by Ramo. Kreider then tied the game when he found the rebound on the doorstep for his eighth of the season with 7:53 remaining in regulation.

Kreider's team-leading sixth goal at home appeared to set up overtime, but each team had an opportunity to end the game on a late power play.

Ramo took a delay-of-game penalty with 3:16 remaining in the third and Mike Cammalleri already off for roughing, giving New York a 5-on-3 advantage. But Kreider took a four-minute high-sticking penalty as Cammalleri's minor expired, negating the advantage and setting up a 4-on-3 power play in overtime that Calgary couldn't capitalize on.

"They had the 5-on-3 late and we did a real good job of killing it. I thought we were going to get some momentum there. We didn't execute good enough in overtime," said Flames captain Mark Giordano. "We were a little bit stationary [on the 4-on-3]. We've got to move better. Their guys did a good job of blocking shots."

New York (16-17-1) bottled up the Flames (13-15-5) early in the third. After failing to register a shot in the first 4:44 of the period, Calgary took a 3-2 lead when Glencross found Monahan alone in front. Lundqvist got a piece of his shot, but not enough as the puck skipped by him into the net for the 19-year-old's 10th of the season.

The goal came after the Rangers had already rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit. After taking a drop pass on the right wing from Rick Nash, Stepan's shot deflected off Kris Russell's leg and past Ramo low to the far post. Stepan's sixth of the season cut Calgary's lead to 2-1.

New York erased the deficit at 7:29 of the second. Pouliot's shot from the left wing was stopped by Ramo, but Hagelin found the puck behind the net and scored on a wraparound for his sixth of the season to make it 2-2.

"If I get the puck behind the net, I try to make that move," Hagelin said. "It all depends on how the D plays it. Today I was able to get off my check a lot and that's when that opens up."

There was little Lundqvist could do on Calgary's second goal. Anton Stralman's clearing attempt was intercepted by Jiri Hudler, who centered the puck to Glencross. The Flames wing was able to backhand the puck over a sprawling Lundvist for his sixth of the season with 5:00 remaining in the first.

Stepan would respond for the Ranger 25 seconds later to start the comeback.

Calgary got an unlikely first-period boost from its power play, which entered the game having gone 0-for-9 in the previous four games. Despite the recent struggles, it would only take one shot for the Flames' power play to open the scoring. Five seconds after Kreider was whistled for interference, Backlund deflected Russell's point shot past Lundqvist for his fourth of the season 7:28 into the game.

"Hudler helped me out in the faceoff and then Russ made a good heads up play to find my stick in front of the net," Backlund said.

But when the opportunity came for him to keep Calgary alive in the seventh round of the shootout, Backlund couldn't recapture that first-period magic and beat Lundqvist one more time.

"He's a good goalie and made a good save," Backlund said. "I probably should have been a little more patient, but I tried my best. Sometimes it goes in, sometimes it doesn't."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:28CGY PPG - Mikael Backlund (4) ASST: Kris Russell (12), Mark Giordano (10) 1 - 0 CGY
15:00CGY Curtis Glencross (6) ASST: Jiri Hudler (20) 2 - 0 CGY
15:25NYR Derek Stepan (6) ASST: Rick Nash (6), Dan Girardi (6) 2 - 1 CGY
2nd Period
07:29NYR Carl Hagelin (6) ASST: Benoit Pouliot (4), Dominic Moore (2) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
04:44CGY Sean Monahan (10) ASST: Curtis Glencross (5), Jiri Hudler (21) 3 - 2 CGY
12:07NYR Chris Kreider (8) ASST: Derek Stepan (16), Brian Boyle (6) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1NYRMats Zuccarello - Goal
2CGYJoe Colborne - Goal
3NYRRick Nash - Save
4CGYJiri Hudler - Save
5NYRDerek Stepan - Save
6CGYSean Monahan - Save
7NYRBrad Richards - Goal
8CGYLee Stempniak - Goal
9NYRDerick Brassard - Save
10CGYMichael Cammalleri - Save
11NYRDominic Moore - Goal
12CGYPaul Byron - Goal
13NYRBenoit Pouliot - Goal
14CGYMikael Backlund - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDNew York RangersCalgary Flames
1Mats ZuccarelloJoe Colborne
2Rick NashJiri Hudler
3Derek StepanSean Monahan
4Brad RichardsLee Stempniak
5Derick BrassardMichael Cammalleri
6Dominic MoorePaul Byron
7Benoit PouliotMikael Backlund
Three Stars of the Game
Carl Hagelin
Carl Hagelin
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 16:17
Derek Stepan
Derek Stepan
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:43
Curtis Glencross
Curtis Glencross
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:40
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:54CGY Blair Jones  Illegal Check To Head against  Benoit Pouliot
07:23NYR Chris Kreider  Interference against  Mark Giordano
12:27CGY Mark Giordano  Holding against  Mats Zuccarello
2nd Period
09:07NYR John Moore  Roughing against  Lance Bouma
09:07CGY Lance Bouma  Roughing against  John Moore
09:50NYR Carl Hagelin  Interference against  Mark Giordano
14:19CGY Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Dylan McIlrath
14:19NYR Dylan McIlrath  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
3rd Period
09:48NYR Dylan McIlrath  Hi-sticking against  Michael Cammalleri
16:04CGY Michael Cammalleri  Roughing against  Carl Hagelin
16:44CGY Karri Ramo  Delaying Game-Puck over glass against  Rick Nash
18:04NYR Chris Kreider  Hi stick - double minor against  Chris Butler
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/50/4
Faceoff Wins2839
Blocked Shots2913
Penalty Minutes1517
3L. SmidD0000020:50
4K. RussellD01-13028:27
5M. GiordanoD0111225:05
7T. BrodieD00-21026:35
8J. ColborneC000006:44
11M. BacklundC1004020:40
13M. CammalleriL00-31221:12
16B. McGrattanR000055:47
17L. BoumaC000128:34
18M. StajanC00-30018:31
19B. JonesC0003214:07
20C. GlencrossL1122018:40
22L. StempniakR00-32019:09
23S. MonahanC1021014:11
24J. HudlerR0221019:23
32P. ByronL0000015:21
44C. ButlerD0001018:16
55S. O'BrienD000008:28
31K. Ramo2932.90665:00
4M. Del ZottoD0024021:16
5D. GirardiD0110025:30
6A. StralmanD00-10023:36
15D. DorsettR00-11011:35
16D. BrassardC00-11016:28
17J. MooreD001329:56
19B. RichardsC00-13020:51
20C. KreiderL1023620:34
21D. StepanC1123022:43
22B. BoyleC01-1009:43
27R. McDonaghD0001031:01
28D. MooreC0112015:52
36M. ZuccarelloR00-11018:03
42D. McIlrathD000075:08
44J. FalkD00-1109:35
61R. NashL0123020:24
62C. HagelinL1004216:17
67B. PouliotL0112011:23
30H. Lundqvist1821.85765:00