Red Wings cruise past slumping Rangers

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002

NEW YORK -- Darren McCarty's goal with 2:08 left in regulation was the game-winner as the Detroit Red Wings beat the slumping New York Rangers 5-3 on Sunday.

McCarty picked up the rebound of Nicklas Lidstrom's blue-line slap shot and whipped it past Mike Richter, off both posts, and into the net for his fourth goal of the season.

Sergei Fedorov added an empty-net goal with 30.8 seconds left.

The Red Wings, the best team in the league with 104 points, earned their 10th victory in 12 games.

The Rangers lost their third straight game and remained ninth in the Eastern Conference, one point behind eighth-place Montreal.

Chris Chelios, Brett Hull and Jiri Fischer also scored for Detroit.

Michal Grosek, Roman Lyashenko and Eric Lindros had New York's goals.

Coyotes 2, Wild 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ladislav Nagy scored a pair of goals for Phoenix and Marian Gaborik responded with two goals for Minnesota.

Gaborik scored with 2:17 remaining on a power play to tie the game.

Nagy gave Phoenix a 2-1 lead at 9:30 of the third.

Avalanche 5, Predators 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Martin Skoula scored two power-play goals and added an assist to lead Colorado past Nashville.

The Avalanche are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games on the road and 9-2-1 in their last 12 games overall.

It was Nashville's fourth straight loss.

Senators 2, Panthers 0

OTTAWA -- Zdeno Chara and Daniel Alfredsson scored power-play goals and Patrick Lalime made 28 saves to lead Ottawa over Florida.

Chara scored his ninth goal of the season 12:21 into the second and Alfredsson added his 34th goal with 11:11 left in the third.

Ottawa has won four of five to tie Toronto for second in the Northeast with 83 points, one less than Eastern Conference leaders Boston and Philadelphia.

Canucks 3, Devils 2, OT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Todd Bertuzzi's behind-the-back pass set up Mattias Ohlund's power-play goal with 1:56 left in overtime, giving Vancouver the win over New Jersey.

Bertuzzi also scored in regulation and Trevor Linden forced overtime with another power-play goal with 8:58 to play.

Sabres 2, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. -- Sheldon Keefe scored with 2:10 left in the second period to lift Tampa Bay to a tie with Buffalo. Dave Andreychuk had the Lightning's other goal.

Taylor Pyatt and James Patrick scored for Buffalo.

The win moved the Canucks into a tie with Dallas for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

Sergei Nemchinov and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who are also making a late-season run to the playoff. The overtime loss brought New Jersey within a point of the sixth-place Islanders in the Eastern Conference.

Blues 3, Mighty Ducks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Dallas Drake tied the game with a short-handed goal and set up a breakaway by Mike Eastwood for the game-winner with 7:28 remaining as St. Louis beat Anaheim.

Mike Van Ryn added a goal and an assist for the Blues, who are seventh in the Western Conference playoff race, one point behind Phoenix and two back of Los Angeles.

Keith Tkachuk, who sustained a deep thigh bruise during the Olympics, returned to the Blues' lineup after an eight-game absence.

Ruslan Salei scored for Anaheim and assisted on a goal by rookie Andy McDonald.

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