New York at St. Louis

Rangers 2, Blues 1

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ST. LOUIS -- Martin Biron finally got the best of the St. Louis Blues. He kept the New York Rangers' surge going, too.

The backup goalie stopped 24 shots and made Sean Avery's go-ahead goal in the second period stand up in the Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Blues on Saturday night. Biron had been 0-7-2 in his career against St. Louis.

"I kind of just saw it before the game and I said, 'Well, that's kind of funny,"' Biron said. "It could be a good game to go on a winning streak."

Brandon Dubinsky had two assists -- also helping to set up Derek Stepan's goal -- for the Rangers, the only NHL team that hadn't beaten the Blues in regulation the last 10 seasons. New York leads the NHL with 31 road points (15-7-1). The Rangers earned a shootout victory at Dallas on Friday and are 10-1 on the back end when playing on consecutive nights.

"We weren't spot on. Our team's tired, we're a little bit beat up," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "But we grinded. That's who we are, that's how we're going to have to play."

The Rangers have won three in a row and sent the Blues to their third straight loss. They beat the Blues in regulation for the first time in 12 games since Nov. 22, 2000.

"It's about finding ways and showing a lot of that resiliency, a lot of that battle," Biron said. "Playing hard, that's our identity."

The Blues' Brad Winchester opened the scoring on a deflection early in the second period.

St. Louis squandered a chance to tie it late, but got only one shot during a four-minute power play after Avery was whistled for high-sticking. The Blues were 0 for 6 on the power play, and the missed opportunity on the Avery penalty really hurt.

"Their four guys outworked our five throughout the four minutes," Blues forward David Backes said. "That kind of typifies the game. They're a team coming in here tired, and we didn't make them skate or make them pay for everything they achieved.

"And we didn't capitalize on our chances when we had them."

Biron also was put to the test in the second period, and had a strong response. He stopped six shots during a power play, and thwarted Matt D'Agostini on a breakaway, keeping the Blues from taking a two-goal lead.

"It's one of those saves where you feel really good about the way the game is going to go," Biron said. "It's 1-0 and that could be a big change, but now you're feeling like we're going to get going, and that's what happened."

Stepan's 12th goal beat Jaroslav Halak between the legs to tie it at 1 midway through the second. Avery's second of the season at 15:26 erased momentum the Blues had built while taking nine straight shots.

Dubinsky emerged from the scrum with the puck and fed it to Marian Gaborik, whose fluttering one-timer deflected off Halak's chest and sailed over his helmet, landing near the goal line. Avery tapped it in for his first goal since Oct. 27.

The Blues were held to a season-low two shots in a scoreless first period, when New York managed only six. St. Louis scored on its second shot of the second period, taking the lead on Winchester's deflection.

Winchester has scored in consecutive games for the first time and has seven goals this season.

Notes

The Blues have sold out all 22 home games. ... Dubinsky has four goals and 12 assists the last 17 games. ... The Rangers are 11-4-2 in their past 17 games. ... Avery entered the game second in the NHL with 123 penalty minutes. ... Alex Steen had five shots for a four-game total of 24, but a three-game streak totaling five points ended. ... The Rangers' lone loss on the back end of consecutive games came against the Blues, who won 2-0 on Nov. 7 in New York.

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Scoreboard
NY Rangers  (25-15-3) «0202
St. Louis (20-14-6)0101
Three Stars
M. Biron
NYR


Saves: 24
Save Pct.: .960
M. Gaborik
NYR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
B. Winchester
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
02:13 - Brad Winchester (7), Tip-In. Assist: Brewer, Boyes
09:12 - Derek Stepan (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Zuccarello, Dubinsky
15:26 - Sean Avery (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Gaborik, Dubinsky
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:37Stepan, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
07:56Berglund, 2 min, Cross-Checking
18:15Boyes, 2 min, Cross-Checking
2ND PERIOD
02:29Steen, 2 min, Slashing
10:38Staal, 2 min, Slashing
12:28Dubinsky, 2 min, Cross-Checking
18:46Dubinsky, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:45D'Agostini, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
3RD PERIOD
10:20Avery, 4 min, High-Sticking
19:09Backes, 2 min, Cross-Checking
Shots On Goal
 123T
NYR613524
STL215825
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Biron60:00241
Jaroslav Halak59:44222
Game Information
Attendance - 19150
Referees - Frederick L'Ecuyer, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Jonny Murray
 
Other Games
NJ 1 Final
Phi 2
NYI 4 Final
OT
Colo 3
TB 2 Final
Ott 1
Bos 2 Final
OT
Mon 3
Min 4 Final
Pitt 0
Fla 2 Final
Wash 3
Buf 2 Final
OT
Pho 1
Nash 2 Final
SJ 1
Det 2 Final
Van 1
Colu 4 Final
LA 6