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New York Rangers show heart in dramatic 4-3 win over Phoenix Coyotes

December 17, 2010

After 7-0 and 4-1 wins over the NHL powerhouse Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers showed their fans why they’re Stanley Cup contenders by climbing back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Phoenix Coyotes in a shootout. Despite signs of fatigue early in the game, the Rangers have improved to 9-0-0 in the second of back to back games this season. Brandon Prust scored a shorthanded goal with 5.1 remaining in the second period, and rookie Derek Stepan tied it up late in the third period. This was Stepan’s first goal at Madison Square Garden, despite 7 previous goals including the hat trick he scored in his first NHL game on the road in October. Rangers captain Chris Drury, playing in his first game at MSG since his injury in the home opener 2 months ago, won the faceoff that led to Stepan’s goal. Erik Christensen scored the only shootout goal to secure the win. The Rangers hope to make it 4-0 on the week when they play the league-leading Flyers in Philadelphia tomorrow afternoon. Photos by Avi Gerver, ¬©Madison Square Garden, L.P.

New York’s Alex Frolov and Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski:

New York's Alex Frolov and Phoenix's Ed Jovanovski

The Rangers’ Derek Stepan, who scored the game-tying goal:

The Rangers' Derek Stepan, who scored the game-tying goal

The Rangers’ Michael Del Zotto battles along the boards with Coyotes captain Shane Doan:

The Rangers' Michael Del Zotto battles along the boards with Coyotes captain Shane Doan

New York’s Brian Boyle fires a shot on goal:

New York's Brian Boyle first a shot on goal

New York’s Brandon Prust and Phoenix’s Taylor Pyatt:

New York's Brandon Prust and Phoenix's Taylor Pyatt

Brandon Prust scores a goal with seconds remaining in the 2nd period:

Brandon Prust scores a goal with seconds remaining in the 2nd period

Prust celebrates with teammate Brian Boyle:

Prust celebrates with teammate Brian Boyle

New York’s Brandon Dubinsky and Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata:

New York's Brandon Dubinsky and Phoenix's Radim Vrbata

The Rangers’ Michael Sauer pushes aside Coyote Martin Hanzal as goalie Martin Biron makes one of 30 saves:

The Rangers' Michael Sauer pushes aside Coyote Martin Hanzal as goalie Martin Biron makes one of 30 saves

New York’s Derek Stepan celebrates his game-tying goal with captain Chris Drury:

New York's Derek Stepan celebrates his game-tying goal with captain Chris Drury

Erik Christensen scores the only shootout goal to win the game for the Rangers:

Erik Christensen scores the only shootout goal to win the game for the Rangers

Erik Christensen scores the only shootout goal to win the game for the Rangers

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  1. December 17, 2010 2:18 pm

    Very professional shots. Very nice. What camera / lens / lenses did you use? Strangely enough I was thinking of what it would take to shoot hockey just this morning. I assume you have an arrangement with the Rangers. How does that work? (I live north of Toronto) Do the players ever want to purchase the shots or is that part of what you do?
    Any info – greatly appreciated!

    • December 17, 2010 2:31 pm

      Thanks Chris! I use two cameras for hockey: A Canon 1Ds Mark II with a 28-300 L lens and a Canon 7D with a 100-400 L lens, both strobed (the only way to go when using zoom lenses with such small apertures). I’m a freelance photographer and my biggest client is Madison Square Garden, which owns the Rangers, so the team has access to the photos. They’re used on the Rangers website, in game programs, and in and around Madison Square Garden.

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