NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers were running out of time to make anything out of the longest homestand in team history.
The first seven games of the nine-game Madison Square Garden stay produced one win and only four of a possible 14 points for the Rangers, who seemingly lost their way in front of goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Enter backup Cam Talbot, who got the rare start and kept all but one puck out.
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With both pride and points at stake, the Rangers delivered a decisive, dominant performance against the Minnesota Wild, Katie Strang writes.Story
Minnesota, which has lost four of six, has netted only 13 goals in eight games.
"When you put yourself in a hole, it's hard to get out of it when goals have been tough to come by and overall you're just not feeling good about the way we've been playing," forward Zach Parise said. "It's just been a frustrating stretch for us.
"We've got to find a way to score. That's the bottom line. We're not scoring. We're not giving ourselves a chance."
New York took control during a dominant second period in which the Rangers outscored the Wild 2-0 and outshot them 17-5 to take a 3-1 lead and a 29-16 edge in shots.
"Our compete level, especially in the second period, was probably our best four-line, six-defense pairing in a long time," Vigneault said.
Hagelin gave the Rangers the lead when he took a pass from Derek Dorsett in the right circle and snapped a drive that beat Backstrom at 11:26 for his third goal in four games.
The Rangers made it 3-1 with 1:25 left in the second when Brassard skated the length of the ice, curled behind the net, and flung a backhanded pass into the slot to the charging Zuccarello.
New York fell behind 4:08 in on Pominville's team-leading 17th goal. Mikael Granlund, who returned after a long absence, won a faceoff in the New York zone. The puck came to Pominville, who moved it back to Ryan Suter at the left point and then cut to the front.
Suter sent him a quick pass for a deflection past Talbot. It marked the first time in 11 road games that Minnesota scored first.
"We felt pretty good about the way we played in the first period," Parise said. "We got the first goal and that was it."
New York cashed in on its second power play when Pouliot finished a crisp passing sequence started by Brad Richards. Brassard moved the puck to Ryan McDonagh, who sent a floating drive toward the net that Pouliot deflected in with 3:52 left. Pouliot, who has five goals, has scored in three of his last six games and has a point in four straight and five of six.
The Rangers improved to 3-16-1 after allowing the first goal. The Wild fell to 14-2-2 after scoring first. ... Suter has a six-game assist streak, his longest since another six-game run in December 2011 with Nashville. ... The 21-year-old Granlund had missed 11 games with a head injury. He was hurt on his first shift against Phoenix on Nov. 27. ... Wild defensemen Jared Spurgeon and Clayton Stoner played in their 200th NHL game. ... Zuccarello has a point in 10 of 15 games.
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Arena: Madison Square Garden Location: New York, New York
Referees: Dave Jackson, Dan O'Halloran Linesmen: Derek Amell, Matt MacPherson
Attendance: 18,006 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jason Pominville (17)
Assists: Ryan Suter, Mikael Granlund
Benoit Pouliot (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Derick Brassard
Carl Hagelin (8)
Assists: Derek Dorsett, Brian Boyle