Final score: Rangers 4, Frolunda 2
Game notes and observations
.The Rangers most impressive players today were forwards Zuccarello (two assists), Newbury (goal and assist), Bourque (one assist), and Hagelin; and defensemen Erixon, Bell, McIlrath, and Del Zotto (goal and assist).
.Lundqvist had a fantastic game in goal, and kept the Rangers in the lead.
.The Rangers PK was spectacular, but the power-play failed to convert.
Update: Rangers win 4-2!
Update: Only 20 seconds left in the game. 4-2 Rangers.
GOAL: Rupp skates straight to the goal and stuffs the puck past Hellberg to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead. Bell gets the assist after making a breakout pass. 3:00 left.
Update: Newbury-Bourque-Hagelin line continues to impress, creates a few scoring chances. Still 3-2 with 3:20 left.
Update: Score remains 3-2 with less than 6:00 left. Rangers looking a little sloppy in their own end.
GOAL: Frolunda scores with 47 seconds left on the power-play to cut the Rangers lead to 3-2.
Update: With 9:10 left, Del Zotto takes a penalty and the Rangers will go on the PK again.
Update: Rangers fail to score on the power-play. They lead 3-1 with 10:00 left.
Update: With 12:35 left in period three the Rangers will get a power-play.
Update: MSG reports that Avery will not return to the game. He took a high-stick to the mouth in period two. Rangers up 3-1 with 14:37 left.
Update: Hagelin makes a great pass to Newbury on a 2-on-1, but Newbury is stopped by Hellberg with 16:20 left.
Update: Lundqvist makes two brilliant saves to begin the period as the Rangers power-play is over.
Update: The third period has begun.
Second intermission notes and observations
.The Rangers penalty-kill had to kill over six minutes of penalties to start the period, and each player did an exceptional job to keep Frolunda from scoring. The forwards consisted of Boyle, Prust, Hagelin, Bourque and Newbury. On defense, Erixon, McIlrath, Bell and Bickel played the most.
.The power-play has created several chances, but have not scored a goal. Del Zotto, Erixon, Parlett and Bell have played at the point. Almost every forward in today's line-up has played on the man-advantage.
.Every shift has been a noticeable one for Bourque. Zuccarello has looked great, and Hagelin's speed is very impressive.
.On defense, Erixon has played great at both ends. Bickel had an impressive second period.
.Avery left the bench after taking a high-stick to the mouth with 6:00 left. He did not return during the period.
.Lundqvist, as expected, has played very well.
Update: Second period ends, Rangers lead 3-1 and will have a 14 second power-play to start period three.
Update: Newbury draws a penalty, 4-on-4 for 14 seconds, then a Rangers PP with 1:46 left.
Update: Rangers had a couple of good chances but could not score on the man-advantage. Defenseman Brendan Bell is called for a penalty with 3:35 left. Rangers back to PK.
Update: Rangers will go on a power-play after Avery was cross-checked in front of Frolunda's goal. He was cut, but it is only a minor. There is 6:00 left.
Update: The Christensen goal was scored on goalie Magnus Hellberg who entered the game during the last T.V timeout.
GOAL: Christensen scores on a nice wrist-shot to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead with 8:14 left. Zuccarello and Bickel get assists.
Update: Defenseman Blake Parlett makes a nice play to stop a Frolunda 2-on-1 with 9:00 left.
Update: Lundqvist makes a big save with 10:40 left. Bourque has been noticeable each shift.
Update: A minute after Del Zotto's goal, Christensen and Wolski breakout on a 2-on-1 and Christensen is stopped after making a nice move around Frolunda's defenseman. It is 2-1 Rangers with 13:09 left in period two.
GOAL: Del Zotto receives a pass from Newbury, and rips a shot into Frolunda's net for the 2-1 lead with about 14 minutes left. Zuccarello also gets an assist.
Update: Rangers kill-off final penalty. Great PK.
Update: Erixon takes delay-of-game penalty, Rangers have to kill another one. Still 1-1, about for minutes into period two. Lundqvist coming up huge.
Update: Rangers kill off one penalty, but defenseman Stu Bickel takes another. Rangers now have to kill another 5-on-3 for 19 seconds. Lundqvist making some huge saves.
Update: Second period has begun.
First intermission notes and observations
.Line of Newbury-Bourque-Hagelin was very good. A lot of speed. Newbury scored off of a Bourque pass. Hagelin has looked very good in both zones.
.Sean Avery-John Mitchell-Dale Weise line also looked good. Avery had a good period.
.The line of Wolski-Erik Christensen-Mats Zuccarello created a few scoring chances. Wolski was robbed of a goal late in the period, and Zuccarello hit a post.
.The final forward line of Mike Rupp-Brian Boyle-Prust had a good, physical period as well.
.On defense, McIlrath, Tim Erixon and Del Zotto had impressive periods. Del Zotto looked good offensively, McIlrath defensively, and Erixon was good at both ends of the ice.
.Lundqvist made a few nice saves, including one breakaway stop.
Update: With two seconds left, Brandon Prust takes an interference penalty. Game tied 1-1, Rangers will have to kill a 5-on-3 to start the second period.
Update: Henrik Lundqvist makes a few good saves, one on a breakaway with a minute remaining in the opening period. Dylan McIlrath takes a roughing penalty.
Update: With about three minutes left, Wojtek Wolski is robbed by Frolunda's goaltender, Frederik Anderson.
Update: Current forward line of Newbury-Bourque-Carl Hagelin has looked good. Lots of speed.
Update: Rangers called for off-sides with under five minutes remaining in the period. The Rangers have played a decent game thus far, and seem to have a physical game plan going.
Update: The score is currently 1-1 with less than seven minutes remaining in the first period. Kris Newbury has the Rangers goal. Ryan Bourque and Michael Del Zotto the assists.
-The Rangers defeated the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish Elite League, 4-2, tonight at Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden, to improve to 3-1-1 in preseason action.
-Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 of 34 shots in the win, while facing his former SEL team.
-Kris Newbury opened the game's scoring at 2:24 of the first period, added an assist and posted a plus-two rating in the contest.
-Michael Del Zotto tallied two points (one goal, one assist), posted a plus-two rating and logged 23:35 of ice time.
-Erik Christensen notched the eventual game-winning goal at 11:43 of the second period, registered four shots on goal and posted a 79.0% face-off winning percentage.
-Mats Zuccarello registered two assists, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-two rating in the contest.
-Mike Rupp notched his first point as a Blueshirt with a goal and led the team with five shots on goal.
-Brian Boyle recorded an assist and led all skaters with four hits in the contest.
-Brendan Bell registered an assist in the contest, and is now tied for the Rangers preseason lead in scoring with three points (one goal, two assists).
-Stu Bickel and Ryan Bourque each collected their first point of the preseason with one assist apiece.
-Please note the Rangers have a scheduled off-day tomorrow, October 1.
-The New York Rangers will return to action on Sunday, October 2, when they will face-off against HC Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak Extraliga in Bratislava, Slovakia (11:00 a.m. ET). The contest will be televised live on MSG Network.