Minnesota at New York

Prucha's power-play goals get Rangers back on winning track

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Tom Renney was already coaching the New York Rangers against the Minnesota Wild hours before the first puck was dropped.

During a Monday morning video session, Renney instructed his players to be prepared for the Wild and their trapping system and to be ready for a dogfight at the end.

Petr Prucha scored a career-high two power-play goals, including the tiebreaker with 8:29 remaining, and the New York Rangers got back on the winning track with a 3-1 victory over Minnesota on Monday night.

"I said, 'Don't be surprised if it's 1-1 going into the third period,"' Renney said.

He was right and the Rangers responded.

Prucha jumped on a rebound of Martin Straka's shot and chipped it over sprawled-out goalie Dwayne Roloson for his ninth goal. Prucha also gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to improve to 8-1-1 at home, two nights after allowing five goals on 21 shots in a loss at Washington that snapped New York's six-game winning streak. Martin Straka scored an empty-net goal with 19 seconds left for the Rangers, who held a 19-4 shots advantage in the third period.

Martin Rucinsky, playing for only the second time in 17 games because of a knee sprain, had three assists.

New York has won five straight at home.

The really surprising thing is that the Rangers generated 40 shots, 37 of which were stopped by Roloson.

"We knew they were going to sit back and wait for their chances," Straka said. "After 40 minutes, Coach Renney told us to be patient and hopefully we would get our chances."

That's where Prucha came in. He cleaned up in front twice, giving himself four goals in five games and nine in his rookie season.

"The first goal, I didn't touch the puck. I was just standing there. I don't know why they called my name," Prucha said. "The second one, I was just lucky."

Pascal Dupuis scored late in the second period for the Wild, who entered with the NHL's best penalty-killing unit. Minnesota allowed more than one power-play goal in a game for only the third time this season.

The Wild are 0-2-1 on their five-game trip.

The first period was very un-Wild like as the Rangers grabbed the lead with a power-play goal on a shot Roloson should've kept out.

Jaromir Jagr worked a two-man game with Prucha and let a shot go from the right circle that Roloson appeared to gobble up in his midsection. But before he could secure the puck, it dropped into the crook of his right arm and fell into the crease. Prucha swooped in and knocked it in before Roloson could cover.

New York converted on its first man advantage, snapping a streak of 12 straight penalty kills by the Wild. Minnesota, 4-for-6 while short-handed, entered with a 89.5 percent kill rate.

"We got in trouble early," said defenseman Willie Mitchell, who was whistled for two second-period penalties. "We were in the box a lot."

The soft goal was also rare for Roloson, who came in with the league's fourth-best save percentage. He and partner Manny Fernandez, who alternate games, are the NHL's best goaltending duo. Fernandez's .931 save percentage leads the league.

Roloson, who made 44 saves in his last start Thursday - a 2-1 loss at Nashville - seemed to fight the puck all night but got away with only two goals against.

"They're very creative," he said of the Rangers. "They don't blow many chances."

Minnesota came out of its defensive shell late in the second period and put lots of pressure on Lundqvist in the final minute. After nearly putting a shot in, the Wild finally got on the board with 27.6 seconds remaining.

With Roloson out of the Wild net during a delayed penalty call, Dupuis got a knuckling shot over Lundqvist to tie it at 1 with his third goal.

Notes

  • Former Rangers captain Mark Messier, who retired before the season, received a rousing ovation when he was introduced on the ice as an assistant coach of the Pee Wee Rangers, who will compete in a tournament in Quebec. Messier's jersey will be raised to the rafters on Jan. 12.
  • Wild C Mikko Koivu, who played 11 straight games after missing the first 14 because of injury, was a healthy scratch.
  • Minnesota was 0-for-5 on the power play.
  • New York played its first interconference game. Minnesota played its second, after falling at New Jersey in a shootout Saturday.
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Marek Malik checks Marc Chouinard into the boards as the Rangers bounce back from a weekend loss.  (AP)
Marek Malik checks Marc Chouinard into the boards as the Rangers bounce back from a weekend loss. (AP)

Scoreboard
Minnesota (10-12-4)0101
NY Rangers  (18-8-3) «1023
Three Stars
P. Prucha
NYR


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
J. Ward
NYR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
M. Rucinsky
NYR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:00Power Play - Petr Prucha (8), Wrap Shot - Assists: Jaromir Jagr and Martin Rucinsky
2ND PERIOD
19:32Pascal Dupuis (3), Slap Shot - Assists: Alexandre Daigle and Brent Burns
3RD PERIOD
11:31Power Play - Petr Prucha (9), Tip-In - Assists: Martin Straka and Martin Rucinsky
19:41Martin Straka (4), Empty Net - Assists: Jaromir Jagr and Martin Rucinsky
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:43Robitaille: Interference - 2 min.
06:17Dupuis: Hooking - 2 min.
06:58Straka: Hooking - 2 min.
10:35Boogaard: Interference - 2 min.
12:08Malik: Holding - 2 min.
14:37Tyutin: Interference - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
01:34Mitchell: Hooking - 2 min.
06:33Mitchell: Interference - 2 min.
14:23Rucinsky: Hooking - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
04:20Rozsival: Tripping - 2 min.
10:18Henry: Interference - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Minnesota8114 23
New York91218 39
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 18200
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Eric Furlatt, Tom Kowal
Line Judges - David Brisebois, Tim Nowak
 
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