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New-Look Rangers Look to Douse Flames

Forced out of their home by postseason college basketball, the New York Rangers are trying to make ends meet in a five-for-six road stretch.

They’ll continue a Western Canada tour tonight as they face the Calgary Flames tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome (9:00 PM, MSG2).

The Rangers (28-30-6) ended a seven-game winless streak in the first leg of the trip, earning a 6-5 win over the Vancouver Canucks in overtime on Wednesday. Henrik Lundqvist, who turns 36 tonight, kept the Rangers afloat with a whopping 50 saves, while Kevin Hayes tallied two goals. Newcomers continued to make impacts as Vladislav Namestnikov scored on a breakaway, while Ryan Spooner tallied three assists. The last of Spooner’s helpers came in the extra frame, as John Gilmour put in his pass for the victory. Spooner has five assists in his first two games as a Ranger.

The Flames (32-24-9) continued to battle it out for one of the Pacific Division’s playoff spots, but have fallen out of the top three with a pair of losses, including a 5-2 defeat to Colorado, also on Wednesday. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to scores by Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik, but four Colorado goals in the second period sealed their fate, and the Avalanche added one more in the third.

The Rangers will look to go for a sweep, as they previously topped Calgary 4-3 on February 9. Mika Zibanejad put in the game winning goal on a power play for the Rangers, who also witnessed 28 saves in a relief effort from Lundqvist, who played the final two period for an injured Ondrej Pavelec.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490

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