Rangers defeat Wild 4-2
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Frank Curto

The New York Rangers get their first win at the Traverse City Tournament defeating Minnesota 4-2.

The New York Rangers followed up a bad loss on Friday night to Dallas with an encouraging 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Jeremy Brodeur, on a tryout invite, made 24 saves for his first win.

Ville Meskanen, two goals in two games, Brett Howden, Tim Gettinger and Ryan Lindgren recorded goals in the game.

Lindgren’s goal was set up by a great pass by Jakob Stukel allowing Lindgren to skate in alone on the Minnesota goalie and finishing the play to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

Brett Howden, who continued his scoring touch from Friday night where he had two assists, scored in the game on Saturday to give the Rangers a two-goal lead. Ty Ronning and Dawson Leedahl had the assists.

Five minutes later Filip Chytil hit Ville Meskanen with a quick backhand pass to give the Rangers at 3-0 lead. Chytil, the Rangers first round pick last year, has looked good in the two games the team has played in. Chytil missed last year’s tournament due to injury.

The Rangers specialty team was the story of the night as the team went six out of seven on the PK. The Rangers killed off three consecutive penalties, including two separate five on three opportunities.

Lias Andersson laid his body in front of shots on the penalty kill which was appreciated by his fellow teammates.

“Guys were willing to block shots,” Lindgren said to Matt Calamia of NHL.Com. “You saw Andersson go down to block a big one on the five-on-three. Guys just doing what it takes to get the puck out.”

The Rangers will not play a game tomorrow as they prepare for a showdown against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.

The team will play their final game on Tuesday, time and opponent to be determined after all of Monday’s game is concluded.

A graduate of St. John's University class of '91. I have been a fan of the New York Rangers since the days of Peter Puck. Founder of Ranger Proud, the Facebook page that covers all news, notes, pre /post-game stats, and player quotes. I can be reached at Nyrfc12@gmail.com