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Rangers pull out last minute win

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2002

NEW YORK -- Sandy McCarthy scored with 45.5 seconds left to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night in a game where all the goals were scored with less than six minutes remaining.

Montreal's Karl Dykhuis tied it with 4:53 remaining.

The Canadiens appeared to take a 2-1 lead moments later, but the goal was waved off because the back of the net was lifted up by a Montreal player as the puck slipped over the line.

Hurricanes 3, Flames 3

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Craig Conroy scored his second goal of the game with 1:19 left in regulation as Calgary gave Carolina its NHL-record sixth straight home tie.

Jeff Daniels gave Carolina a 3-2 1:44 into the final period.

The last team to record five consecutive home ties was the Buffalo Sabres in 1997-98, and numerous teams did it in the past.

The Hurricanes, 4-0-2 in their last six overall, moved nine points ahead of Washington in the Southeast Division with 14 games remaining.

Calgary moved four points out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH -- Ray Whitney and Mike Sillinger each scored twice and Columbus dealt Pittsburgh a costly loss in the playoff race.

Jean Francois Labbe, starting only his second NHL game and his first in two years, turned aside 34 shots for his first career victory.

Sillinger had a four-point night, setting up Whitney's two goals in the opening 22 minutes as the Blue Jackets, who have by far the Western Conference's worst road record (7-22-3), beat Pittsburgh for the first time in four games since joining the NHL.

Avalanche 3, Blues 2

ST. LOUIS -- Steve Reinprecht had two goals, and Joe Sakic also scored, leading Colorado past slumping St. Louis.

Colorado has won six consecutive road games and is 6-0-1 in its last seven away from home. It was the first road game for the Avalanche since Feb. 8.

Kings 2, Blackhawks 1

LOS ANGELES -- Ziggy Palffy scored once and assisted on the go-ahead goal with 4:59 remaining as the Los Angeles beat Chicago.

Palffy, who has 11 goals in 11 games, set up Philippe Boucher. Los Angeles outshot Chicago 32-11.



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