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Dubinsky, Rangers hold off Blackhawks 3-2

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NEW YORK — It took every ounce of energy from every guy in blue for the Rangers to clinch their biggest win of the young season at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

Playing their fourth game in six nights and hanging on to a 3-2 lead over the Blackhawks, Henrik Lundqvist stoned Tomas Kopecky from 10 feet with 1:15 left in regulation. Then with six attackers against four in the final 22 seconds, Brandon Dubinsky, who had scored twice, dove head first to clear the puck past Duncan Keith to preserve the victory.

For the second consecutive game, the Rangers blocked shots with passion and Lundqvist — who had a slip-up that allowed Patrick Kane to tie it at 2 with a shot off the inside of his left pad at 6:08 of the third period — finished with 33 saves.

"I cheated too much (on the second goal)," said Lundqvist, now 4-1-0 in his last five starts, "but we responded right away."

The winner came 28 seconds later — Erik Christensen's first goal in nine games.

Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell played for the first time this season after he recovered from a knee injury.

Flyers 3, Hurricanes 2: Scott Hartnell scored two goals and Claude Giroux added one for the host Flyers.

Philadelphia won its fourth straight after losing four of five and took over sole possession of first in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers are 13-0-3 against Carolina since Dec. 19, 2006.

After not recording a point through the first four games, Hartnell has one in seven of the past eight, which coincides with the cutting of his long curly hair.

"I feel lighter," Hartnell said, laughing. "I lost about a pound since I cut that mop off."

Penguins' Staal out another six weeks

PITTSBURGH — Penguins forward Jordan Staal, expected to return Wednesday after missing 12 games with an infection in his right foot, needs surgery to repair a broken right hand and will be out as long as six weeks.

Staal was practicing on the No. 2 line with Tyler Kennedy and Mike Comrie on Monday when he was struck by a puck. Staal slammed a door in disgust as he walked toward the dressing room at the practice rink.

Staal could not work out during the offseason and missed training camp after developing multiple infections in a foot that was cut during the playoffs. He resumed skating Oct. 11, but coach Dan Bylsma said he needed considerable ice time and conditioning to get into game shape.

Around the league: Devils left wing Zach Parise needs arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss an undetermined amount of time. … Sabres forward Jason Pominville was cleared to play after missing nine games with a concussion. He is scheduled to play Wednesday against the Bruins. Also, Buffalo signed 2009 first-round draft pick Zack Kassian to a three-year entry level contract. The forward, 19, is playing for his hometown Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. … Flyers forward Danny Briere began a three-game suspension Monday for a crosscheck of the Islanders' Frans Nielsen that set off a melee. … Canucks forward Alex Burrows is scheduled to return tonight against the Oilers after offseason shoulder surgery.

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First Period1, Chicago, Kopecky 2 (Keith, Sharp), 17:13 (pp). 2, N.Y. Rangers, Dubinsky 6 (Anisimov, Callahan), 19:39. PenaltiesPisani, Chi (hooking), 2:04; Christensen, NYR (high-sticking), 15:45.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesAvery, NYR (delay of game), 13:43; Keith, Chi (hooking), 19:39.

Third Period3, N.Y. Rangers, Dubinsky 7 (Callahan, Anisimov), :55 (pp). 4, Chicago, Kane 4 (Toews, Keith), 6:08. 5, N.Y. Rangers, Christensen 2 (Prust, Del Zotto), 6:36. PenaltiesNew York bench, served by Avery (too many men), 7:27; Kopecky, Chi (high-sticking), 9:11; Girardi, NYR (tripping), 19:34. Shots on GoalChicago 13-8-14—35. N.Y. Rangers 7-10-6—23. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 1 of 4; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 3. GoaliesChicago, Turco 6-3-1 (23 shots-20 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 5-3-1 (35-33). A18,200 (18,200). T2:20.

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Hurricanes 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Philadelphia, Hartnell 3 (Carter, Leino), 12:29. PenaltiesCoburn, Phi (tripping), :33; E.Staal, Car (holding stick), :37; Betts, Phi (high-sticking), 9:40; McBain, Car (holding), 16:55; LaRose, Car (goaltender interference), 19:33.

Second Period2, Carolina, Dwyer 3 (Skinner), 3:05. 3, Philadelphia, Giroux 7 (Richards), 11:21 (pp). PenaltiesPitkanen, Car (hooking), 11:16; Harrison, Car (tripping), 13:40.

Third Period4, Philadelphia, Hartnell 4 (Timonen, Carter), 6:30. 5, Carolina, Corvo 1 (Sutter, Ruutu), 19:33. PenaltiesPronger, Phi (boarding), 7:57. Shots on GoalCarolina 9-8-11—28. Philadelphia 10-16-11—37. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 0 of 3; Philadelphia 1 of 5. GoaliesCarolina, Peters 0-2-0 (37 shots-34 saves). Philadelphia, Bobrovsky 6-2-0 (28-26). A19,038 (19,537). T2:23.

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First Period1, Vancouver, Torres 3 (Malhotra), 13:19. PenaltiesMills, NJ, major (fighting), 5:50; Glass, Van, major (fighting), 5:50; D.Sedin, Van (high-sticking), 15:53; Edler, Van (roughing), 18:33.

Second Period2, Vancouver, Kesler 4 (Raymond, Samuelsson), 1:09. PenaltiesMair, NJ (slashing), 5:30; H.Sedin, Van (hooking), 5:30; Clarkson, NJ (goaltender interference), 8:29; Magnan, NJ (holding), 19:03.

Third Period3, Vancouver, H.Sedin 1 (penalty shot), 13:43. PenaltiesZajac, NJ (slashing), 18:40. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 12-9-9—30. Vancouver 8-8-7—23. Power-play opportunitiesNew Jersey 0 of 2; Vancouver 0 of 3. GoaliesNew Jersey, Brodeur 3-8-1 (23 shots-20 saves). Vancouver, Luongo 3-3-2 (30-30). A18,860 (18,810). T2:16. Referees—Dennis LaRue, Francois St. Laurent. LinesmenDon Henderson, Scott Driscoll.

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