Recap: NY Rangers vs. St. Louis

The Sports NetworkJanuary 23, 2014 

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaroslav Halak came up with 34 saves to atone for a dismal defensive performance by the St. Louis Blues two days prior, with the effort leading the way in a 2-1 triumph over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Kevin Shattenkirk scored the eventual game-winner on the power play 3:09 into the third period, helping the Blues shake off a 7-1 loss in New Jersey on Tuesday. Alex Steen had the other St. Louis goal, with David Backes assisting on both markers in the victory.

"It really could not have gone any better," said Shattenkirk, who grew up a Rangers fan in nearby New Rochelle, N.Y. "I'm really happy with the way the night went."

A red-hot Rick Nash produced the lone tally for the Rangers, losers of two straight following a 6-1-0 stretch. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 23 saves in the setback.

Nash's 10th goal in 10 games knotted the score at 1-1 with 1:43 to go in the third period, but the star sniper was called for a slash on Shattenkirk to give the Blues a man advantage with three minutes elapsed in the third.

St. Louis needed just nine seconds to convert, as Shattenkirk fired a long one-timer through Lundqvist's legs with Backes setting a screen in front.

"It was a set play," said Shattenkirk of the goal. "Once the puck was dropped back to me I knew that I had the lane to get it to the net. At that point as a defenseman you just have to throw it to the net and hope that something good happens. That's the way our power play works."

The Rangers had an opportunity to even things up when the Blues' Barret Jackman was sent off for a cross check with 7:29 to go, but St. Louis killed off the infraction and Halak came up clean the rest of the way.

"The difference was the power play," Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault remarked. "We had an advantage at the beginning of the third. We didn't get anything off it. Their power play did what they've done very effectively this year. Right off the draw they established a shot. Within a few seconds they take the shot, they score."

St. Louis got 12 saves from Halak and the lone goal of the opening period to take a 1-0 edge into the first intermission. The score came off a giveaway from Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi in his own zone, with Jaden Schwartz collecting the puck and delivering a centering feed that caromed off Steen's skate and handcuffed Lundqvist before crossing the line 8:38 in.

New York finally managed to draw even on its 25th shot of the night, Nash's blast from the left circle off a Derek Stepan drop pass that rocketed past Halak's glove.

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