Rangers take first win of season

Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2003

NEW YORK The Rangers' recipe for victory was simple and unorthodox.

Most of all, it was effective.

Eric Lindros scored with a knuckling shot before being injured and Tom Poti added a goal with New York playing short-handed when it didn't have to in a 3-1 victory Monday night over the slumping Florida Panthers.

The flukey goals and another strong game by goalie Mike Dunham gave the Rangers their first win of the season in five tries.

''He won the game for us,'' captain Mark Messier said of Dunham, who made 34 saves. ''You can X and O yourself to death, but in the end you have to play with emotion, grit, determination and some heart.''

Dunham has given up eight goals on 114 shots this season, and posted a shutout in a scoreless tie last Thursday.

Florida had its winless streak stretched to five games (0-3-2), scoring one goal in four games and two in the other.

''We worked hard, but obviously one goal is not going to be enough to win games,'' said Florida captain Olli Jokinen, who assisted on Niklas Hagman's goal 51 seconds into the third period.

Lindros scored 1:41 in and Poti made it 2-0 with 7 seconds left in the second period as the Rangers improved to 1-0-2 on their six-game homestand the longest of the season. Petr Nedved added an empty-net goal with 52 seconds left.

Lindros left the game with a left shoulder injury and was sent for X-rays before the third period. Coach Glen Sather wasn't sure exactly when Lindros was hurt, except he knew the center played a while after the injury.

Islanders 5, Maple Leafs 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Mariusz Czerkawski scored twice to help the Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jason Blake, Michael Peca and Oleg Kvasha also scored for New York, which has a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1-0).

Garth Snow was in net for the Islanders for the first time since allowing six goals in less than two periods on opening night, and stopped 24 shots for his first win.

Gary Roberts and Matt Stajan scored for Toronto, which lost its first road game.

Canadiens 2, Red Wings 1

MONTREAL Steve Begin and Richard Zednik each scored a goal off nifty passing plays and backup goalie Mathieu Garon made 18 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens over the Detroit Red Wings.

Begin scored his first Montreal goal on a two-man break 1:44 into the second period, and Zednik got his second of the season moments on a two-on-one moments later.

Mathieu Dandenault scored a short-handed goal for Detroit, which has lost two in a row after winning its first three.

Canucks 6, Sabres 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Rookie Jason King had a goal and two assists, and Dan Cloutier made 18 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks over the Buffalo Sabres.

Daniel Sedin added a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game winless skid and remained perfect in three games at home.

Trevor Linden, Ed Jovanovski, Sami Salo and Brendan Morrison also scored as Vancouver dominated from the opening faceoff.

Miroslav Satan spoiled Cloutier's shutout bid with a power-play goal 6:25 into the final period to make the score 6-1.

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