Stepan's Winner at Tampa is Moment of the Week
(Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4)

Rangers forward Derek Stepan's game-winning goal against the Lightning with 3:19 remaining in the third period on Dec. 3 was named the Moment of the Week for Week 9 of the 2011-12 regular season. Stepan's dramatic goal, which was part of a third-period comeback, claimed 49.4 percent of the voting by Rangers fans to edge Brad Richards' goal that opened up a 3-1 lead over Pittsburgh on Nov. 29 at The Garden. Richards, who capped off a spurt of two goals in 90 seconds to break open the game vs. the Penguins captured 39 percent of the vote. Marian Gaborik's go-ahead goal in the second period of a Dec. 1 win at Carolina finished third with 11.6 percent of the vote.

The Winning Moment ...

Rangers 4, Tampa Bay 2 at St. Pete Times Forum
Dec. 3, 2011
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The Moment:
Derek Stepan caps off comeback, getting the
game-winner with only 3:19 to go in the third

Description: The Rangers had tied the game early in the third period, and Stepan, who had taken a shot off his left ankle two nights earlier at Carolina, gave them a 3-2 lead on a low slot rebound goal with 3:19 left in the game. "Our battle level was really high, and I think that was a big part of our success," he said.
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Comments from fans who voted for Stepan's goal ...

It was a pretty goal, and Derek got the hat for the second time.
-- Amy K. Herman from Bayside, N.Y.

Thought the winning streak might end because we didn't generate many shots on goal all night. But again a solid third period. Our young players are developing as stars right before our eyes!
-- Steve Wurzbach from queens, N.Y.

Stepan almost missed the game. To come through for your team like that is what this team's identity is all about.
-- Jimmy from Mahopac, N.Y.

It was a really big clutch goal in the come-from-behind win.
-- Gary F. from Toms River, N.J.

No sophmore slump for Stepan, who keeps making big plays when it matters
-- Jordan from New Jersey

Stepan becoming good when it so mattered.
-- Raoul Bhatta from East Brunswick, N.J.

Sophomore slump? Stepan is the furthest away from it as he continues to show poise, confidence and maturity. The future's so bright.
-- Mike from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

I enjoy watching our kids continue to impress. Step has been great this year!
-- Eric from Maplewood, N.J.

We weren't playing a great game, but Hank stood on his head and allowed us to battle back and scratch out a win.
-- Chris Rutledge from Brick, N.J.

He was injured and questionable for the game, but he came out played his heart out and got the well deserved game winning goal.
-- Matt R. from South Bound Brook, N.J.

Stepan is great and deserves it!
-- Tom Maddalena from Saylorsburg, Pa.

Derek Stepan has been playing great this season, and this goal capped off a great comeback win. Also it made it 5 in a row for us. The Rangers are playing great hockey. Let's go Rangers!
-- Glen M. from Malverne, N.Y.

Stepan came out and skated on a bruised ankle, could barely walk before the game, yet still played and scored the game winner!
-- Joe from Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Step's goal came at the ideal time. It was a big goal and it secured the win for us.
-- Jon Weinberg from Syosset, N.Y.

Stepan shows his value by blocking a shot in the previous game and scoring this game-winning goal.
-- Susan Rose Carey from Whitestone, N.Y.

I was there!
-- Rick from Tampa, Fla.