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Rangers snap skid, top 'Canes

NEW YORK — Nothing about the first period suggested the Rangers were about to snap their three-game losing streak.

Back at home Monday after a four-game trip that concluded with losses at Buffalo, Winnipeg and Pittsburgh, the Rangers were sluggish early against the Hurricanes.

But Derek Stepan had the tying goal, and Henrik Lundqvist was perfect in net the rest of the way as New York outlasted Carolina 2-1 in a shootout.

Lundqvist allowed a goal to Eric Staal in the final minute of the first, but no other pucks got past him — including two shootout attempts.

Rangers coach John Tortorella put his three biggest offensive threats — Rick Nash, Brad Richards, and Marian Gaborik — on one line against the Hurricanes. The trio didn't produce a goal.

Lundqvist made 29 saves through overtime. Dan Ellis stopped 35 shots for Carolina in his third start since Cam Ward was injured March 3.

Game highlights: Ray Emery stopped 17 shots to remain unbeaten and Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists as visiting Chicago held off Colorado 5-2 in the first meeting since March 8, when the Avalanche halted the Blackhawks' record points streak to open a season at 24. … Loui Eriksson scored twice as the host Stars topped the Flames 4-3 to stop a four-game skid (0-3-1) which saw Dallas fall from seventh in the Western Conference to 13th.

Ducks lock up Perry: The Ducks agreed to an eight-year extension with right wing Corey Perry, keeping the former MVP through the 2020-21 season. The team announced the deal after the first period of its home game against San Jose. Perry's deal is the same length as the extension signed by Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf this month.

Brodeur back practicing

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur, who has missed 12 games with a pinched nerve in his neck and upper back, practiced for the first time in nearly a month and felt pain-free after working out for an hour. He won't start tonight against the Rangers, but he did not rule out backing up Johan Hedberg, who has started every game in his absence. "It's definitely the best I have felt on the ice so far," said Brodeur, 40. "We'll see how my body reacts and we'll go from there." Brodeur, the all-time league leader in wins (664), shutouts (120) and games (1,204) last played in a 3-2 win over Washington on Feb. 21. He said his back was bothering him for about a week or two before that.

at Rangers 0 1 0 0 2
Hurricanes 1 0 0 0 1
Rangers win shootout 2-0

First Period1, Carolina, E.Staal 14 (Pitkanen, Semin), 19:09. PenaltiesGaborik, NYR (tripping), :24; Eminger, NYR (interference), 15:30; E.Staal, Car (goaltender interference), 16:33.

Second Period2, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 8 (Hagelin, Callahan), 11:06. PenaltiesSemin, Car (hooking), 6:44.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesWestgarth, Car (slashing), 12:31.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesRichards, NYR (holding), 4:55.

ShootoutCarolina 0 (Tlusty NG, Semin NG), N.Y. Rangers 2 (Ric.Nash G, Callahan NG, Miller G). Shots on GoalCarolina 14-4-9-3—30. N.Y. Rangers 6-14-11-5—36. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 0 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 3. GoaliesCarolina, Ellis 4-3-1 (36 shots-35 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 12-11-1 (30-29). A17,200 (17,200). T2:35. Referees—Mike Hasenfratz, Steve Kozari. LinesmenScott Driscoll, Mark Shewchyk.

at Stars 3 0 1 4
Flames 0 2 1 3

First Period1, Dallas, Cole 5 (Jo.Benn, Oleksiak), 13:07. 2, Dallas, Nystrom 3 (Roussel, Lehtonen), 15:49. 3, Dallas, Eriksson 8 (Whitney, Roy), 18:11. PenaltiesRoussel, Dal (tripping), 6:15; Hudler, Cal (hooking), 9:20; Iginla, Cal, major (fighting), 16:32; Eakin, Dal, major (fighting), 16:32.

Second Period4, Calgary, Hudler 6 (Brodie, Cammalleri), 11:30 (pp). 5, Calgary, Bouwmeester 6 (Glencross, Stempniak), 14:35 (pp). PenaltiesButler, Cal (interference), 8:11; Wideman, Cal (roughing), 11:17; Eakin, Dal (interference, roughing), 11:17; Jo.Benn, Dal (hooking), 13:05.

Third Period6, Dallas, Eriksson 9 (Ja.Benn, Whitney), 12:06. 7, Calgary, Tanguay 9 (Cammalleri, Iginla), 15:14. PenaltiesBouwmeester, Cal (hooking), 1:41; Nystrom, Dal (interference), 4:32. Missed Penalty ShotRoussel, Dal, 8:24 first. Shots on GoalCalgary 5-9-5—19. Dallas 12-6-6—24. Power-play opportunitiesCalgary 2 of 4; Dallas 0 of 3. GoaliesCalgary, MacDonald 3-5-1 (24 shots-20 saves). Dallas, Lehtonen 10-6-2 (19-16). A16,057 (18,532). T2:33. Referees—Gord Dwyer, Chris Lee. LinesmenScott Cherrey, Ryan Galloway.

Blackhawks 2 2 1 5
at Avalanche 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Chicago, Hayes 1 (Kane), 3:47. 2, Chicago, Shaw 7 (Stalberg, Bickell), 4:44. 3, Colorado, Landeskog 5 (Duchene), 19:26 (sh). PenaltiesZanon, Col (hooking), 18:29.

Second Period4, Chicago, Kane 16 (Toews, Keith), 7:49. 5, Chicago, Seabrook 5 (Kane, Toews), 14:40. 6, Colorado, Hejduk 4 (Mitchell, Varlamov), 18:34. PenaltiesKruger, Chi (holding stick), 16:20.

Third Period7, Chicago, Toews 14 (Saad, Seabrook), 16:30. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalChicago 11-11-10—32. Colorado 6-9-4—19. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 0 of 1; Colorado 0 of 1. GoaliesChicago, Emery 11-0-0 (19 shots-17 saves). Colorado, Varlamov 8-13-3 (32-27). A16,952 (18,007). T2:20. Referees—Tom Kowal, Tim Peel. LinesmenBryan Pancich, Brian Mach.

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