Rangers run undefeated streak to 13

Playoff chase

Division leaders earn top three seeds followed by next five; with wins (the first tiebreaker) and games remaining:

East

Pts. W GR

1. Devils 86 40 13

2. Canadiens 85 38 12

3. Hurricanes 79 37 11

4. Penguins 85 39 12

5. Senators 83 38 12

6. Rangers 83 37 12

7. Bruins 80 36 13

8. Flyers 78 35 13

9. Sabres 75 32 12

10. Capitals 72 32 12

11. Panthers 72 32 11

West

Pts. W GR

1. Red Wings 96 45 13

2. Stars 89 42 10

3. Wild 81 37 12

4. Sharks 88 40 13

5. Ducks 85 39 11

6. Flames 82 36 13

7. Avalanche  80 37 12

8. Predators  78 35 12

9. Canucks 78 34 14

10. Coyotes 73 34 13

11. Blackhawks 73 33 13

Rangers 1 1 0 0 3
Sabres 1 1 0 0 2
Rangers win shootout 2-1

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It took a while for the Rangers to become accustomed to their revamped lineup. But look at them now, on a roll and challenging for top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Scott Gomez scored the decisive shootout goal in a 3-2 win Monday night over the Sabres, in helping the Rangers improve to 10-0-3 in their past 13 games, and move into a tie with Ottawa for fifth in the East. New York also closed within three points of East-leading New Jersey.

"We've really galvanized as a group to find a way to do things and get points," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "That speaks volumes for their character."

First Period1, Buffalo, Pominville 23 (Gaustad, Hecht), :16. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Tyutin 5 (Dawes, Shanahan), 1:22. PenaltiesOrr, NYR, major (fighting), 3:11; Peters, Buf, major (fighting), 3:11.; Drury, NYR (tripping), 6:03.

Second Period3, N.Y. Rangers, Jagr 18 (Avery, Dubinsky), 8:26. 4, Buffalo, Vanek 28 (Pominville, Afinogenov), 14:14 (pp). PenaltiesStaal, NYR (hooking), :42; Tyutin, NYR (hooking), 3:06; Avery, NYR (roughing), 3:06; Betts, NYR (roughing), 8:47; Kalinin, Buf (slashing), 11:11; Sjostrom, NYR (goalie interference), 13:39; Mair, Buf (roughing), 14:36; Dawes, NYR (interference), 18:42.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesSjostrom, NYR (tripping), 6:54; Vanek, Buf (high-sticking), 7:37; Orr, NYR, misconduct, 20:00; Peters, Buf, misconduct, 20:00.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone.

ShootoutN.Y. Rangers 2 (Shanahan G, Dawes NG, Gomez G); Buffalo 1 (Stafford NG, Kotalik NG, Pominville G). Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 8-7-8-3—26. Buffalo 7-8-3-3—21. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 3; Buffalo 1 of 8. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 32-21-7 (21 shots-19 saves). Buffalo, Miller 30-23-9 (26-24). A18,690 (18,690). T2:34. RefereesStephane Auger, Bill McCreary. LinesmenSteve Barton, Tim Nowak.

Flames 3 1 3 7
Blues 1 1 1 3

CALGARY — Alex Tanguay had two goals for the Flames, who moved up to sixth in the West.

First Period1, Calgary, Tanguay 15 (Nolan, Conroy), :21. 2, Calgary, Huselius 22 (Iginla, Phaneuf), 7:13. 3, St. Louis, Backes 10 (McDonald, Rucinsky), 9:06 (pp). 4, Calgary, Iginla 41 (Huselius, Phaneuf), 18:27 (pp). PenaltiesKing, StL (hooking), 5:09; Conroy, Cal (hooking), 8:36; Yelle, Cal (high-sticking), 12:40; R.Johnson, StL (tripping), 17:42; Lombardi, Cal (boarding), 18:47.

Second Period5, St. Louis, Boyes 35 (Jackman, Kariya), 6:38. 6, Calgary, Lombardi 11 (Tanguay, Sarich), 9:02 (sh). PenaltiesRucinsky, StL (hooking), 1:02; Vandermeer, Cal (high-sticking), 8:14; St. Louis bench, served by Perron (too many men), 10:29; Kiprusoff, Cal, served by Huselius (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:54.

Third Period7, Calgary, Nilson 3 (Godard, Boyd), 6:51. 8, Calgary, Langkow 26 (Iginla, Phaneuf), 7:56. 9, St. Louis, Boyes 36 (Janssen), 11:47. 10, Calgary, Tanguay 16 (Vandermeer), 15:09 (sh-en). PenaltiesAucoin, Cal (hooking), 13:23; Janssen, StL (roughing), 9:35. Shots on GoalSt. Louis 15-9-8—32. Calgary 11-6-13—30. Power-play opportunitiesSt. Louis 1 of 6; Calgary 1 of 5. GoaliesSt. Louis, Legace (11 shots-8 saves), Toivonen 5-7-3 (0:00 second, 18-15). Calgary, Kiprusoff 34-20-10 (32-29). A19,289 (19,289). T2:26. RefereesGord Dwyer, Rob Shick. LinesmenMike Cvik, Lonnie Cameron.

Rangers run undefeated streak to 13 03/10/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:35am]

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