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Richardson makes good on second chance
 


Several Rangers help cover up after a goalmouth scramble.
Picture Courtesy of: OHLPhotos.com


The Rangers' philosophy has always been to gamble in overtime against non-divisional rivals, and play tight against those in their own division or at least conference.  The play to tie philosophy has hurt the Rangers.  Peter DeBoer has stated that it hurts the team, fear of losing, not will to win.  Despite his absense, his comments might be similar at the conclusion of this matchup.  The Rangers in the last two weeks have managed to drop overtime points to everyone in their division with the exception of the Storm.  While playing to win, the Rangers have against the Barrie Colts and also the Belleville Bulls.  The three losses have sunk the Rangesr overtime record under .500, and what's scary is that the Rangers haven't finished a season at or below the .500 mark in extra periods since before Andre's Benoit's time (1999-2000 where they finished 4-6-2) and that's a long, long time ago.  Not surprisingly the Attack managed to improve their overtime record to: 4-1-3 with their win that was accomplished only 12 seconds into the extra frame.  For Brad Richardson it was a chance at redemption, he spoiled a chance at an empty net late in the second that would have granted the Attack a 2-goal lead, but made little mistake when Pfligler made the ill-fated trip out of his crease and was unable to find the net behind him, forcing the Rangers into their holiday break suffering in the middle of a 3 game losing streak.

The Rangers started nearly exactly where they left off on Friday night, a number of odd man rushes for the Attack 2 on 1's and such, but the Rangers' defenders stood tall and intercepted all passes making life exceptionally easy for Dan Turple who wasn't treated to the best defensive effort only one night earlier against the same team.  Surprisingly it was the Rangers that broke through first Mike Duco took a nifty pass from David Clarkson and one-timed a lazer accurate shot up and past Mike Brown giving the Rangers' the early lead.  The Attack struck back late in the period.  Paul Bissonnette broke in all alone on Turple, he was stopped, but with a fan on the clearing attempt Bobby Ryan flew in took the puck and deposited it into the net with some authority with Turple struggling to find his way over to that part of the net.


Bobby Ryan makes little mistake tying the game at one in the first period.
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In the second period the Rangers and hometown Attack traded goals.  Bobby Ryan, a constant thorn in the side of the Rangers this season, set up the first tally by using his size and strength to bust through the Rangers defense before slipping a behind-the-back pass to Brad Richardson would made little mistake snapping the puck past Turple who was still trying to figure out where the puck was as it was crossing the line.  While on the powerplay, a powerplay that struggled to that point, David Clarkson tried to 'trump' Ryan's moves, he entered the Attack zone, charged through both blueliners and slipped the puck through Brown's pads all on his own.  Only one minute later Robin Big Snake fed an unharassed Derek Brochu at the side of the net, allowing him to burry his second of the season.  Brad Richardson had a glorious opportunity to put some distance between the Rangers and Attack soon after.  Dan Turple misplayed a puck behind the Rangers' goal deflecting it on to Richardson's stick around the faceoff circle.  Turple dove seemingly in vain, even the goal light went on in anticipation of a goal, but Richardson's shot slid wide.  For some reason Turple really settled after that close call.  Kevin Henderson would emerge from the corner with the puck late in the period, he came out from behind the icing line and from a terrible angle beat Brown who was playing his first home game in an Attack uniform on home ice.

Brad Richardson would end things very early in the overtime period.  Bob Sanguinette would fire the puck into the Rangers' zone on the opening faceoff, and Pfligler concerned about streaking Brad Richardson would charge to the corner to play the puck.  His play backfired when he threw the puck directly onto Richardson's stick.  Pfligler had backed most of the way into the net by the time Richardson realized it was time to shoot, unfortunately Pfligler couldn't find the net behind him, and Richardson beat him top corner only 12 seconds in making amens for his earlier miscue.  Much like the night before Pfligler replaced Turple, this time Turple was replaced during the 2nd intermission as a family emergency arose.  It was the second straight night that the former Saginaw teammates faced each other.  Aside from the overtime miscue, Pfligler played a solid 20 minutes, Turple also impressed.  It was the second night that the Rangers shut down the highly touted Attack powerplay, they were 0 for 6 on the night and 0 for 9 in the two games combined.  The Attack's worst in conference penalty kill continued to follow script, they struggled allowing the Rangers to go 1 for 3, and 3 for 8 during the two game mini-series, and with their success on specialty teams the Rangers powerplay leap frogged the Attack's formerly 3rd ranked powerplay.