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Rangers move to league No. 1

The Rangers’ Michael Del Zotto (4) gets an enthusiastic greeting from Ruslan Fedotenko, middle, Marc Staal and Ryan Callahan after his second-period goal against the Jets.

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The Rangers’ Michael Del Zotto (4) gets an enthusiastic greeting from Ruslan Fedotenko, middle, Marc Staal and Ryan Callahan after his second-period goal against the Jets.

at Blue Jackets 2 2 0 4
Red Wings 1 0 1 2
WINNIPEG — Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto each had a goal and an assist, and the Rangers moved to the top of the NHL standings with a 4-2 victory over the fading Jets on Wednesday night.

New York is tied with the West-leading Blues, who were idle, with 105 points, but the Rangers have the edge in a tiebreaker. New York leads Pittsburgh by five points in the East.

Winnipeg jumped ahead 2-0 with a pair of goals 56 seconds apart in the second period, but the Rangers cut the deficit in half on Del Zotto's goal at 7:44 and changed the momentum.

"The entire building felt it," winning goalie Henrik Lund­qvist said. "We started to get our game going. It was a big turning point."

The Jets lost their third straight, and with five games left, they are 10th in the East with 78 points. Buffalo holds the eighth and final playoff spot with 86 points; the Capitals are ninth with 84. Both teams were idle.

"I don't know if we're out of it yet, but we can't play like we are," Jets forward Turner Glass said.

game highlights: Allen York stopped 29 shots and earned his first NHL victory in an emergency start as the host Blue Jackets beat the Red Wings 4-2. No. 1 goalie Steve Mason was hurt in the morning when he was hit in the mask by a shot from teammate Colton Gillies. No. 2 Curtis Sanford was out with a leg injury, so Columbus turned to York, who spent time this season in the ECHL and AHL.

canucks to fans: don't riot: With the playoffs beginning in two weeks, the Canucks began an ad campaign aimed at their fans to try to prevent violence like the rioting that occurred after the team lost Game 7 of last year's Stanley Cup final to the Bruins. The campaign features Canucks Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and Manny Malhotra, former Canucks Trevor Linden and Stan Smyl, and fans asking fans to celebrate the postseason responsibly.

around the league: Penguins All-Star defenseman Kris Letang (lower-body injury) won't play tonight or Friday when Pittsburgh visits the Islanders and Sabres, respectively. Coach Dan Bylsma said Letang, hurt Sunday against the Devils, is day to day. … The Sabres, pushing for a playoff spot, will be without defenseman Christian Ehrhoff indefinitely after he hurt his left knee against the Capitals on Tuesday.

Rangers 0 2 2 4
at Jets 0 2 0 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesBickel, NYR (holding), 10:24; McDonagh, NYR (tripping), 10:41; Stralman, NYR (delay of game), 14:20.

Second Period1, Winnipeg, Machacek 2 (Maxwell, Stuart), 3:58. 2, Winnipeg, Little 23 (Wheeler, Ladd), 4:54. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Del Zotto 8 (Callahan), 7:44 (sh). 4, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 28 (Gaborik, Del Zotto), 18:23 (pp). PenaltiesBoyle, NYR (boarding), :27; Dubinsky, NYR (slashing), 6:35; Kane, Wpg (slashing), 8:19; Burmistrov, Wpg (holding), 18:00; Ladd, Wpg, double minor (high-sticking), 18:52.

Third Period5, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 9 (Fedotenko, McDonagh), 3:07. 6, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 17 (Gaborik, Richards), 10:06 (pp). PenaltiesBickel, NYR, major (fighting), 5:56; Glass, Wpg, major (fighting), 5:56; Burmistrov, Wpg (holding), 8:46. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 4-15-9—28. Winnipeg 11-8-5—24. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 2 of 5; Winnipeg 0 of 5. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 37-16-5 (24 shots-22 saves). Winnipeg, Pavelec 28-28-7 (28-24).

at Blue Jackets 2 2 0 4
Red Wings 1 0 1 2

First Period1, Columbus, Prospal 14 (Nash), 6:26. 2, Columbus, Dorsett 11 (Johansen), 14:17. 3, Detroit, Zetterberg 22 (Datsyuk, Holmstrom), 16:23 (pp). PenaltiesStuart, Det (roughing), 8:10; Boll, Clm (elbowing), 10:03; Lebda, Clm (hooking), 16:05.

Second Period4, Columbus, Brassard 14 (Nikitin, Umberger), 14:30. 5, Columbus, Umberger 15 (Atkinson, Nikitin), 15:57. PenaltiesEmmerton, Det (high-sticking), 2:28; Hudler, Det (roughing), 17:27; Prospal, Clm (roughing), 17:27; Dorsett, Clm (goaltender interference), 19:01.

Third Period6, Detroit, Kronwall 15 (Lidstrom, Datsyuk), 9:34 (pp). PenaltiesQuincey, Det (boarding), 3:43; A.Johnson, Clm (high-sticking), 8:31. Shots on GoalDetroit 5-8-18—31. Columbus 14-8-9—31. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 2 of 4; Columbus 0 of 3. GoaliesDetroit, Conklin 5-6-1 (31 shots-27 saves). Columbus, York 1-1-0 (31-29).

Kings 1 1 1 3
at Flames 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Los Angeles, Mitchell 5 (Kopitar, Voynov), 5:30. PenaltiesStoll, LA (cross-checking), 6:03; Hannan, Cal (interference), 13:23; Richards, LA (goaltender interference), 17:43.

Second Period2, Los Angeles, Brown 20 (Kopitar, Doughty), 4:22. PenaltiesKing, LA (tripping), 6:12; Wilson, Cal (interference), 12:31; Giordano, Cal (holding), 16:34; Greene, LA (slashing), 19:09.

Third Period3, Los Angeles, Williams 19, 18:51 (en). PenaltiesMartinez, LA (slashing), 6:31; Jackman, Cal (high-sticking), 6:31; Jackman, Cal (tripping), 19:12. Shots on GoalLos Angeles 14-7-9—30. Calgary 9-6-4—19. Power-play opportunitiesLos Angeles 0 of 4; Calgary 0 of 4. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 33-21-11 (19 shots-19 saves). Calgary, Kiprusoff 34-21-11 (29-27).

Stars 1 1 1 3
at Oilers 0 0 1 1

First Period1, Dallas, Ryder 34 (Ribeiro, Robidas), 11:53. PenaltiesSutton, Edm (slashing), 6:37; Horcoff, Edm (boarding), 13:11.

Second Period2, Dallas, Ribeiro 18 (Eriksson, Ryder), 5:05. PenaltiesRyder, Dal (tripping), 8:25; Eriksson, Dal (hooking), 14:49; Horcoff, Edm (hooking), 19:52.

Third Period3, Dallas, Ryder 35 (Ribeiro, Eriksson), 4:11. 4, Edmonton, Hemsky 10 (Smyth, Potter), 8:21. PenaltiesGoligoski, Dal (hooking), 4:51; Whitney, Edm (tripping), 12:50; Garbutt, Dal (hooking), 15:00; Jones, Edm (holding), 16:25. Shots on GoalDallas 13-6-6—25. Edmonton 12-9-11—32. Power-play opportunitiesDallas 0 of 5; Edmonton 0 of 4. GoaliesDallas, Lehtonen 32-18-4 (32 shots-31 saves). Edmonton, Dubnyk 19-18-2 (25-22).

Rangers move to league No. 1 03/29/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012 1:33am]

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