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Rangers respond, topple Sharks

NEW YORK — Ryan Callahan scored twice in a three-goal second period, and New York shook off a blown lead and raced past the surging Sharks 5-2 on Monday night.

The Rangers led 2-0 in the first period but squandered it to San Jose, which was trying to cap a sweep of a six-game road trip.

Artem Anisimov also scored in the second after Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan had goals in the first. Martin Biron made 24 saves to improve to 2-0 as Henrik Lundqvist's backup. Callahan added an assist.

All that, and fan favorite Sean Avery could play by Thursday if he clears waivers today.

Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture had goals for the Sharks and Antti Niemi stopped 26 shots.

Callahan put New York up 3-2 as a Rangers power play ended, and pushed the lead to three goals when he scored again with 47.7 seconds left in the second.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Andrew Ladd and Kyle Wellwood each scored in the shootout as the visiting Jets beat the Panthers 4-3 despite 39 saves by Florida's Ondrej Pavelec.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall, 30, re-signed on a seven-year, $33.25 million contract. Police in Vancouver recommended that 60 people be charged with everything from assault to breaking and entering after the downtown riot in June following the Canucks' loss to Boston in the Stanley Cup final.

at Rangers 2 3 0 5
Sharks 1 1 0 2
at Rangers 2 3 0 5
Sharks 1 1 0 2

First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, McDonagh 3 (Callahan, Girardi), 4:46. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 1 (Dubinsky, Girardi), 14:53 (pp). 3, San Jose, Pavelski 8 (D.Murray, Thornton), 17:50. PenaltiesClowe, SJ, major (fighting), :07; Prust, NYR, major (fighting), :07; San Jose bench, served by Desjardins (too many men), 2:17; Havlat, SJ (interference), 13:25.

Second Period4, San Jose, Couture 4 (Pavelski, Vlasic), 11:03. 5, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 4 (Christensen, Dubinsky), 14:00 (pp). 6, N.Y. Rangers, Anisimov 1 (Christensen, Woywitka), 16:42. 7, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 5 (Richards), 19:12. PenaltiesWhite, SJ (delay of game), 12:00; B.Boyle, NYR (high-sticking), 19:56.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesD.Boyle, SJ (high-sticking), 4:29; Fedotenko, NYR (tripping), 7:38; Del Zotto, NYR (tripping), 13:44; Pavelski, SJ (holding), 18:52. Shots on GoalSan Jose 9-10-7—26. N.Y. Rangers 8-16-7—31. Power-play opportunitiesSan Jose 0 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 2 of 5. GoaliesSan Jose, A.Niemi 4-2-0 (31 shots-26 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Biron 2-0-0 (26-24).

Jets 2 0 1 0 4
at Panthers 1 0 2 0 3
Winnipeg wins shootout 2-0

First Period1, Winnipeg, Wellwood 5 (Ladd, Stuart), 3:44. 2, Winnipeg, Kane 3 (Antropov, Bogosian), 9:58 (pp). 3, Florida, Garrison 5 (Campbell, Fleischmann), 19:40. PenaltiesUpshall, Fla (elbowing), 8:40; Byfuglien, Wpg (high-sticking), 12:57.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesMcArdle, Wpg (hooking), 5:39; Byfuglien, Wpg, double minor (roughing), 16:22.

Third Period4, Florida, Fleischmann 4 (Weaver, Versteeg), 3:13. 5, Florida, Fleischmann 5 (Kulikov, Campbell), 17:50 (pp). 6, Winnipeg, Kane 4 (Wellwood, Bogosian), 19:10. PenaltiesLadd, Wpg, major (fighting), 2:10; Skille, Fla, major (fighting), 2:10; Kulikov, Fla (high-sticking), 12:54; Wheeler, Wpg (holding), 16:50.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesBogosian, Wpg (kneeing), 5:00.

ShootoutWinnipeg 2 (Stapleton NG, Ladd G, Wellwood G), Florida 0 (Versteeg NG, Santorelli NG). Shots on GoalWinnipeg 7-9-12-3—31. Florida 20-9-11-2—42. Power-play opportunitiesWinnipeg 1 of 2; Florida 1 of 5. GoaliesWinnipeg, Pavelec 3-4-1 (42 shots-39 saves). Florida, Theodore 4-2-1 (31-28). A11,855 (17,040). T2:39. Referees—Tom Kowal, Francois St. Laurent. LinesmenBrad Kovachik, Andy McElman.

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