Detroit at New York

    Rangers 5, Red Wings 1


    NEW YORK -- Marian Gaborik had a goal and assist in New York's three-goal first period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in going the distance to lead the Rangers to a 5-1 preseason victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

    Gaborik, who led the team with 42 goals and 86 points in his first season with New York, put the Rangers ahead 1-0 just one minute in with his third goal. He also helped set up defenseman Mike Sauer's first goal that made it 3-0 with 58.1 seconds remaining in the frame.

    Sean Avery also scored in the spurt against beleaguered Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who stopped only five of eight shots in the first period. Howard, a finalist last season for NHL rookie of the year, dropped to 2-1. He made 18 saves last Sunday in the Red Wings' 5-3 victory over New York in the first half of the home-and-home exhibition series and followed it with a 21-save performance in the rematch.

    Rookie hopeful Derek Stepan and defenseman Michael Del Zotto added goals in the third period to turn it into a Rangers rout.

    Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski, who had a goal and three assists against the Rangers on Sunday, scored his second of the preseason during a power play to cut Detroit's deficit to 3-1. Rafalski fired a shot from the center of the blue line that appeared to deflect off Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival before finding its way past Lundqvist at 8:21 of the second.

    Lundqvist made 13 saves in the middle period.

    While the Rangers dressed many of their topflight players, the Red Wings put out a lineup that hardly represented the talent the makes them a championship contender in the Western Conference. Stars such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg all had the night off.

    Stepan stretched the Rangers' lead to 4-1 at 1:38 of the third, and Del Zotto pushed it to a four-goal edge at 7:34. Ruslan Fedotenko had two assists.

    Gaborik got the offense going early when he scored from the top of the left circle off a feed from Rozsival during a power play. Avery made it 2-0 at 4:39 when he snapped off a shot, from the same circle, that passed through a screen and beat Howard for his second goal.

    Sauer recorded his first point in three games with a goal in the final minute. Gaborik earned the second assist after blocking a shot in the defensive zone. He has four points in three games.

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    Scoring Summary
    1st Period
    1:00Power Play - Marian Gaborik - Assist: Michal Rozsival
    4:39Sean Avery - Assists: Ruslan Fedotenko and Derek Stepan
    19:01Mike Sauer - Assists: Erik Christensen and Marian Gaborik
    2nd Period
    8:21Power Play - Brian Rafalski - Assists: Brendan Smith and Todd Bertuzzi
    3rd Period
    1:38Derek Stepan - Assists: Ruslan Fedotenko and Pavel Valentenko
    7:34Michael Del Zotto - Assist: Alexander Frolov
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    1st Period
    :31Johan Franzen: hooking - minor
    17:58Johan Franzen: high-sticking - minor
    18:39Tim Kennedy: goaltender interference - minor
    2nd Period
    7:41Brandon Prust: holding - minor
    10:36Tomas Tatar: interference - minor
    17:29Justin Abdelkader: high-sticking - minor
    3rd Period
    5:34Darren Helm: tripping - minor
    5:34Matt Gilroy: interference - minor
    9:59Marian Gaborik: slashing - minor
    14:22too many men - minor
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    Jimmy Howard60:00215
    Henrik Lundqvist60:00351
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    Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Frederick L'Ecuyer
    Linesmen - Steve Barton, Scott Driscoll
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