Rangers end home skid by topping Flames in SO

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Updated: December 16, 2013

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Benoit Pouliot recorded the winner in the
seventh round of the shootout, as the New York Rangers put an end to a pair of
losing streaks by edging Calgary, 4-3, at Madison Square Garden.

Pouliot began the deciding round by using several stick fakes to pull Karri
Ramo out of position, and, as he slid to the left post, directed the puck
inside the right pipe.

“I just went in and I knew I was going to do that. I just had to get the
goalie to move with me and then let the arm do the rest,” said Pouliot.

Henrik Lundqvist sealed the win by stopping Mikael Backlund.

Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin scored in regulation for the
Rangers, who had dropped all four of its home dates on a season-high
nine-game residency and had lost five straight in Manhattan.

Lundqvist picked up the victory thanks to 18 stops.

Backlund, Curtis Glencross and Sean Monahan lit the lamp for the Flames, who
had won two in a row, both beyond regulation, prior to Sunday’s setback.

Ramo made 29 saves in defeat.

Backlund opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 7:28 of the first, then
Glencross doubled the edge at the 15-minute mark.

“Hudler helped me out in the faceoff and then Russ made a good heads up play
to find my stick in front of the net,” Backlund said.

Stepan’s wrister from the right side put the Rangers on the board only 25
seconds later, and Hagelin’s persistence tied the contest just shy of the
7 1/2-minute mark of the second.

Monahan chipped a shot over Lundqvist and Calgary went up 3-2 with 4:44 played
in the third period, then Kreider answered inside of eight minutes remaining.

The Rangers were given 1:20 of 5-on-3 time with 3:16 to play after Mike
Cammalleri and Ramo were whistled for infractions 40 seconds apart, but failed
to produce a lead goal.

Kreider was given a double-minor for high sticking with one second left on the
two-man edge and the Flames managed to get the game to an extra session.

Game Notes

New York’s homestand continues on Wednesday against the Metropolitan Division
leading Penguins … Calgary heads to Boston on Tuesday … The Rangers have
won eight of 12 games at MSG against the Flames since 1995.