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Dubinsky sends message: Rangers won't back down

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist falls to the ice

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist falls to the ice as Brandon Dubinsky (17) and Philadelphia Flyers' Arron Asham (45) scuffle in front of the goal during the second period. The Rangers won 3-1. (March 14, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Brandon Dubinsky initially wondered why Mike Richards goaded him into a fight with 3:46 left in the game. But with the score 3-1, he figured it would be a better-than-even trade to take the Flyers' captain off the ice for the rest of the afternoon.

"I guess the message is that we are going to respond and be there step by step with them," said Dubinsky, who swapped words and bumps with Flyers all day. "If they want to mix it up, we are going to mix it up. We have guys in here who are willing to do that and guys that are good at it. We are not going to back down."

Hidden-puck trick

Artem Anisimov wasn't alone in thinking he had given the Rangers a 3-1 lead with his 11th goal of the season at 6:07 of the second period. Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton covered the puck with his glove hand across the goal line, but the on-ice call was "no goal."

"That's a goal," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "They need to see the puck to overturn the call. But we looked at the replay. Jerry [Dineen, the team's video director] came in during that whistle. We asked them to look upstairs. Toronto [where goals are reviewed] called down and said they can't change the call on the ice."

Blue notes

Flyers bruiser Riley Cote, who dressed for the first time since Dec. 21, played 4:07 overall, and failed to have an impact. "I wished he played more," Tortorella said. "He's a non-factor. I wish [Danny] Briere was out. I wish [Jeff] Carter was out. Those are the guys you have to look out for." . . . Henrik Lundqvist is 6-2-2 with a 2.39 GAA and a .940 save percentage in his last 10 games.

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