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New York Rangers C Ryan Spooner scores his first in victory over Flames (Highlights)

The birthday boy, Henrik Lundqvist, turns in yet another stellar 50-save performance as newcomer Ryan Spooner and the New York Rangers defeat the Calgary Flames 3-1.

The New York Rangers overcame a slow first period to down the Calgary Flames on the road Friday night by the final score of 3-1.

After having to make 55 saves against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night, Henrik Lundqvist was once again stellar in the first period at the Saddledome. Lundqvist made 18 saves in the opening frame, giving way only to a Brett Kulak slap shot on a mad scramble.

The Rangers and their new duo of Ryan Spooner and Kevin Hayes truck four minutes into the first period. Spooner won the left side face-off clean and fired a shot on net that caught Calgary netminder Jon Gillies by surprise. Kevin Hayes went to the net and cleaned up the rebound for his seventh tally in 11 games.

The Rangers found their game in the second period. They tested Jon Gillies. They frustrated the Flames offense. They generated much more scoring opportunities.

Only 56 seconds into the second frame a rejuvenated Pavel Buchnevich got the Rangers the lead. He semi-botched a partial breakaway attempt but stayed with it and banged it home from behind the goal line.

Buch was really noticeable tonight even outside of his goal. He had jump in his legs, made some nice passes, and was the offensive force one hopes for night in and night out.

If not for Hank though, this game would’ve been out of hand early in the first. Another ridiculous outing by Lundqvist.

Anthony DeAngelo, who has started to come into his own as of late, showed some great patience on a long stretch pass that sprung Ryan Spooner on his breakaway. Spooner made no mistake and buried a shot five-hole on Gillies.

Other new addition, Vladislav Namestnikov, looked good again in a Blueshirt. The young center glides around effortlessly and has shown some good chemistry with his line of Mats Zuccarello and Jimmy Vesey.

So Ranger fans, let us all get used to the phrase “save by Lundqvist” for the rest of the year. Hank was once again stellar with another 50-save show.

The Rangers return to the ice Saturday, March 3 against the Edmonton Oilers. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET.

Neal Purcell has a tremendous passion for New York Rangers hockey and the sport of hockey in general. A graduate of SUNY Cortland in Upstate NY, Purcell coaches both a high school hockey team and a travel team in the winter. Purcell is also a part of a small family business in the Central New York Region.