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Rangers rally, beat Caps in shootout

WASHINGTON — Artem Anisimov scored the decisive goal in a shootout, backup goaltender Martin Biron had 22 saves, and the Rangers rallied to defeat the Capitals 2-1 on Monday night.

Each team scored twice in the shootout before Anisimov beat rookie goalie Braden Holtby.

Holtby had 28 saves. In three games since his recall from AHL Hershey last week, the 21-year-old has turned aside 77 of 80 shots.

But Biron was better in the shootout.

The last time the teams met, Dec. 12 in New York, the Rangers rolled to a 7-0 win. In this one, the Capitals cranked up the defense and took a 1-0 lead in the second period on a goal by Matt Hendricks.

Marian Gaborik tied it for the Rangers with 6:41 left in regulation. Gaborik was in front of the net when Brian Boyle took a shot, and the rebound bounced off Gaborik's midsection and past Holtby.

In overtime, the Capitals outshot New York 6-1. But Biron made several saves, including one on a blast by Alex Ovechkin.

The Rangers have held Ovechkin without a goal in four straight games.

In a scoreless first period, the Rangers outshot Washington 7-5. Each team took one shot over the first 11 minutes, including a power play in which Biron was not required to make a save.

At 1:27 of the second, Hendricks scored from the left side of the net off a diagonal pass by Marcus Johansson. It was the seventh goal of the season for Hendricks, his second in two games.

New York scratched defenseman Dan Girardi, who missed his first game of the season with a rib cage injury. The Rangers are coping with injuries to several key players, including leading scorer Brandon Dubinsky, who has a stress fracture in his left leg.

Hurricanes stay strong at home: Brandon Sutter had two third-period goals and rookie Jeff Skinner scored his 18th of the season to lead the Hurricanes to a 6-4 victory over the Maple Leafs.

Carolina has 13 points in eight January home games. The Hurricanes improved to 16-0-0 when leading after two periods and 7-0-1 when Sutter scores a goal.

Skinner's power-play rebound with 8:58 left made it 5-3, and Erik Cole had an empty-netter in the final minute.

Tim Brent scored two third-period goals for the Maple Leafs, who got within 5-4 on Mike Brown's power-play goal with 5:45 to go.

After going 16 games without a goal, Sutter has scored three in his past three games. His 10th of the season broke a tie at 3.

crosby update: Top vote-getter Sidney Crosby won't attend the All-Star Game this weekend as he recovers from a concussion. The Penguins said in a statement: "Sidney is making progress in his recovery but still is not completely symptom-free. In this situation, when he has not even skated for two and a half weeks and still has not been cleared to resume physical activity we think it's best for him to focus totally on his recovery." Crosby said his symptoms have not been as intense the past few days. "The good thing is the last four or five days have been pretty good," he said. "In any case, now it's something that you're seeing more and more guys being really, really careful with this, and it's for a good reason. You don't want to get in that situation where you have multiple ones or you come back too early. It's not going to do me any good to come back too early and be feeling like I do now." He said there is no target date to return.

Rangers 0 0 1 0 2
at Capitals 0 1 0 0 1
Rangers win shootout 3-2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesSauer, NYR (tripping), 1:32; B.Gordon, Was (tripping), 17:01.

Second Period1, Washington, Hendricks 7 (Johansson, Hannan), 1:27. PenaltiesBoyle, NYR (high-sticking), 14:02.

Third Period2, N.Y. Rangers, Gaborik 16 (Boyle, Avery), 13:19. PenaltiesErskine, Was (high-sticking), 1:46; Prust, NYR (holding), 4:52; Ovechkin, Was (diving), 4:52.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone.

ShootoutN.Y. Rangers 3 (Wolski G, Zuccarello G, Boyle NG, Anisimov G), Washington 2 (Ovechkin NG, Hendricks G, Backstrom G, Johansson NG). Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 7-11-10-1—29. Washington 5-6-6-6—23. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 2; Washington 0 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Biron 8-4-0 (23 shots-22 saves). Washington, Holtby 4-2-2 (29-28). A18,398 (18,398). T2:37.

at Hurricanes 1 1 4 6
Maple Leafs 1 0 3 4

First Period1, Carolina, Corvo 7 (Pitkanen, Ruutu), 12:16 (pp). 2, Toronto, Kaberle 2 (Kessel, Crabb), 19:51. PenaltiesKaberle, Tor (tripping), 5:39; Gunnarsson, Tor (high-sticking), 11:21; MacArthur, Tor, major (fighting), 12:19; LaRose, Car, major (fighting), 12:19; Gleason, Car (roughing), 16:51; Grabovski, Tor (roughing), 20:00; Kulemin, Tor (roughing), 20:00; Pitkanen, Car (holding), 20:00; Gleason, Car, major-game misconduct (fighting), 20:00.

Second Period3, Carolina, McBain 3 (Jokinen), 11:16. PenaltiesKaberle, Tor (hooking), 2:58; White, Car (hooking), 5:22; Skinner, Car (holding), 15:25; Cole, Car (interference), 16:00; Armstrong, Tor (hooking), 19:16.

Third Period4, Carolina, Bra.Sutter 9 (White, Boychuk), 1:49. 5, Toronto, Brent 5 (Schenn, Beauchemin), 3:18. 6, Toronto, Brent 6 (Phaneuf, Brown), 4:29 (sh). 7, Carolina, Bra.Sutter 10 (Jokinen), 8:55. 8, Carolina, Skinner 18 (Corvo, E.Staal), 11:02 (pp). 9, Toronto, Brown 2 (Brent, Gunnarsson), 14:15 (pp). 10, Carolina, Cole 13, 19:13 (en). PenaltiesCrabb, Tor (hooking), 3:42; Sjostrom, Tor (goaltender interference), 9:53; Harrison, Car (slashing), 12:21; Sjostrom, Tor (holding), 14:41; Beauchemin, Tor (tripping), 16:26. Shots on GoalToronto 6-14-10—30. Carolina 5-15-8—28. Power-play opportunitiesToronto 1 of 7; Carolina 2 of 7. GoaliesToronto, Giguere 9-9-3 (27 shots-22 saves). Carolina, Ward 21-15-5 (30-26). A16,201 (18,680). T2:34.

Rangers rally, beat Caps in shootout 01/24/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 10:50pm]

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