Canadiens slip past Rangers

Posted: Friday, October 07, 2005

NEW YORK — Michael Ryder struck for the second straight night, wristing a shot off goaltender Kevin Weekes 2:10 into overtime that gave the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Ryder, who had Montreal’s first goal of the game, scored the game-winner Wednesday with 11 seconds remaining in the Canadiens’ season-opening 2-1 victory at Boston.

Alexander Perezhogin had given the Canadiens a 3-2 lead in the second period before Dominic Moore tied it with 2:36 left in regulation. Chris Higgins also scored for Montreal.

Marcel Hossa, acquired last Friday from the Canadiens, scored his second goal of the season and Martin Rucinsky also added one for the Rangers.

Red Wings 4, Blues 3

ST. LOUIS — Robert Lang had a goal and an assist, and Jason Williams had three assists to lead Detroit to a season-opening home-and-home sweep of the Blues.

Detroit, which beat the Blues 5-1 at home Wednesday night, could not have asked for a better opponent to open the season. Since 2002-03, Detroit is 11-1-1 against St. Louis.

Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Fischer and Brendan Shanahan also scored for Detroit, while Manny Legace made 23 saves for his second win in as many nights. The victory wasn’t assured until the final seconds as the Blues, with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, got off several shots in a goal-mouth scramble. St. Louis outshot Detroit 11-4 in the final period.

Doug Weight had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, while defenseman Andy Roach scored his first career goal and Dean McAmmond got his first goal as a member of the Blues.

Kings 3, Coyotes 2

LOS ANGELES — Alexander Frolov scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the second period, giving the Kings a victory over Phoenix that kept Wayne Gretzky winless as an NHL coach.

The Coyotes had a man advantage for most of the final minute, but didn’t score, dropping Gretzky’s record to 0-2. Phoenix lost 3-2 at Vancouver on Wednesday.

The coaching milestone of the night belonged to the Kings’ Andy Murray, who became the club’s all-time winningest coach with his 179th victory.

Gretzky was still the attraction, though.

The sellout crowd of 18,118 cheered loudly when he was shown on the scoreboard late in the second period. He looked up, smiled and gave a brief wave as the song ‘‘Simply the Best’’ blared in Staples Center, where his retired No. 99 jersey hangs on the wall. A bronze statue of him stands outside the building, where he never played.

The Kings scored two power-play goals in the second for a 3-1 lead. Frolov put away a rebound of Pavol Demitra’s miss at 8:28. Then with Phoenix’s Sean O’Donnell sent off for a delay of game, Demitra scored through Leneveu’s legs at 11:28.

Phoenix closed to 3-2 on Oleg Saprykin’s goal in the second period.

Krystofer Kolanos had given the Coyotes a 1-0 lead in the first period before Luc Robitaille tied the game.

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