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Rangers slip by Flyers

Associated Press / October 12, 2008
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Nikolai Zherdev scored the first of four first-period goals, and the New York Rangers remained unbeaten and are off to their best start in 25 years with a 4-3 victory over the Flyers last night in Philadelphia.

‘‘We've won every way," said Rangers center Scott Gomez. "We've won with special teams. We've won on the road. We've held the lead. We've come from behind. Were learning how to win."

Zherdev scored his second goal in two nights only 4:12 into the game, the Rangers scored three more quick ones, and Flyers goalie Martin Biron was booed off the ice when he was pulled late in the period.

Blair Betts, Fredrik Sjostrom, and Michal Rozsival scored goals for the Rangers.

Scott Hartnell, Simon Gagne, and Mike Richards all scored goals for the Flyers. Gagne made his return from lingering effects of a concussion and played his first game since Feb. 10.

The Rangers got 25 saves from Flyers-stopper Stephen Valiquette. Notoriously tough on the Flyers, Valiquette improved to 5-1-1 against them. Not bad considering the backup has only 10 career wins.

Canadiens 6, Maple Leafs 1 - Newcomer Alex Tanguay had a goal and three assists to help Montreal rout visiting Toronto for its first victory in its centennial season.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored twice and added an assist, and Roman Hamrlik, Alex Kovalev, and Guillaume Latendresse also had goals for the Canadiens, coming off a 2-1 shootout loss at Buffalo Friday night. Captain Saku Koivu added three assists.

Red Wings 3, Senators 2 - Johan Franzen had two goals in the third period to rally Detroit over host Ottawa.

Franzen tied it at 2 with a goal off a quick transition 11:16 into the third before scoring the winner with 1:17 remaining.

Panthers 3, Thrashers 2 - David Booth scored his second goal of the game with 1:06 left in overtime to give Florida the victory over Atlanta in Sunrise, Fla.

Stephen Weiss also scored for the Panthers, and Richard Zednik - playing in his first regular-season game at Bank-Atlantic Center since his neck was slashed last February - had two assists.

Capitals 4, Blackhawks 2 - Alex Ovechkin scored twice, a sprawling Brooks Laich was credited with the go-ahead goal after a replay review, and host Washington came back to beat Chicago.

The Capitals raised a banner during a pregame ceremony to mark last season's Southeast Division title - and then promptly fell behind by two goals. But Ovechkin's first score - the reigning NHL MVP's first point of the season - made it 2-2 early in the second period.

Islanders 5, Blues 2 - Mike Comrie, Trent Hunter, Sean Bergenheim, and Andy Hilbert all tallied in the first 20 minutes of the home opener, and backup goalie Joey Mac-Donald made the early offense stand up in host New York's victory over St. Louis.

With No. 1 netminder Rick DiPietro watching from the bench as the backup for the second straight night as he works his way back from off-season knee surgery, MacDonald made 24 saves.

Devils 2, Penguins 1 - Zach Parise's wrist shot from the left circle sailed past Marc-Andre Fleury's glove with 37.6 seconds left in overtime and New Jersey rallied for a victory in Pittsburgh.

Hurricanes 4, Lightning 3 - Eric Staal scored the tying and winning goals to lead visiting Carolina to an overtime victory against Tampa Bay.

Predators 3, Dallas 1 - Jason Arnott scored two power-play goals and had an assist, and host Nashville beat Dallas.

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