Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Jets 0
November, 6, 2011
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
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What it means: The Rangers blanked the Jets to collect their fourth straight win and record their best start through six games at Madison Square Garden in 19 years. Backup goaltender Martin Biron turned away 23 shots to earn his 27th career shutout and pick up his third win of the season. Marian Gaborik scored an empty-netter to cap a three-point night and Derek Stepan finished with a goal and an assist to wrap a strong six-game homestand for the 7-3-3 Rangers.
Big night for Biron: Biron is now 3-0-0 with a 0.95 goals against average and .963 save percentage after Sunday's shutout victory. The 34-year-old collected his first win of the season against the Jets earlier this season -- 2-1 win in Winnipef on Oct. 24.
Power-play promotion: Elevated to the team's first power-play unit Sunday, Stepan scored a man-up goal to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 10:01 of the second period. Stepan’s promotion follows Saturday's 5-3 win over Montreal, during which the Rangers were 1-for-9 on the man-advantage. Stepan, 21, was used up front with Ryan Callahan and Gaborik on the first unit, with Brad Richards and Michael Del Zotto manning the points.
Good game for Gabby: Team-leading scorer Gaborik finished with two goals and an assist in his 13th game of the season. Getting a piece of Del Zotto’s cross-ice feed to set up Stepan's second-period goal, Gaborik collected his sixth assist in as many games. Stepan reciprocated the next period, dishing off to Gaborik on an odd-man rush for a 2-0 Rangers lead at 8:31 of the third. The 29-year-old winger now has seven goals and six assists.
Marathon man: Rangers legend Mark Messier received a rousing ovation from fans hours after running the New York City Marathon on Sunday morning. The iconic Captain finished the 26.2-mile race in 4:14:27.
No Nik: The Jets were without leading scorer Nik Antropov, who suffered a hand injury in the team's 3-0 win over the Islanders Thursday. The former Ranger has three goals and eight assists in 12 games this season.
Not just Potvin: Early in the first period, Garden faithful amended their legendary chant that taunts former Islander Denis Potvin and instead directed their derision toward Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The chant came after Eli Manning led the New York Giants to a 24-20 upset win over the Patriots, connecting with tight end Jake Ballard on a game-winning touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining.
Up Next: Rangers at Senators, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.