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Rangers playing well when down

Michael Del Zotto #4 of the New York

Michael Del Zotto #4 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the New York Islanders with teammate Brandon Prust #8. (Dec. 22, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Rangers are starting to make a habit of winning from behind.

Tuesday night's 4-1 win over New Jersey was their second in a row in which they came back from a deficit, and the fifth in their last seven victories entering Thursday night.

"We've had a lot of guys step up at the right time this year," goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "I think the biggest thing is we stick to the system and we trust each other."

The Rangers came back against the Coyotes Saturday night after trailing 2-1 entering the third period and beat the Devils after being down 1-0.

The Rangers never trailed in their 4-2 win over the Islanders Thursday night.

The Rangers have been outscored 20-19 in the first period this season but have dominated from there, outscoring opponents, 77-50.

Coach John Tortorella said the third-period confidence is a product of Lundqvist's strong play. He added that there are times when the Rangers rely too much on Lundqvist to keep games close enough to make a comeback possible.

"I think [Tuesday's] game was one of the games," Tortorella said. "I thought our goaltending was better than their goaltending and that was a big determination of the outcome.''

Woywitka out againDefenseman Jeff Woywitka was scratched for a second consecutive game after getting hit in his already-injured left foot in the morning skate. Rookie Tim Erixon again took Woywitka's place on the third line.

Biron starts

Marty Biron started in goal, his third start since Dec. 10. With the win over the Islanders, Biron is 7-1-0 this season as Lundqvist's backup.

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