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Lundqvist, Rangers stop Senators in shootout

Associated Press / November 18, 2008
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Nikolai Zherdev scored the only goal in a shootout and Henrik Lundqvist denied all three Ottawa shooters, giving the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory last night over the Senators at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers opted to shoot first and Zherdev beat Alex Auld between the pads. That left it up to Lundqvist to stop Jason Spezza, Jarko Ruutu, and Antoine Vermette for his NHL-leading 12th win.

"I like the challenge of facing the best players on the other team," Lundqvist said. "I get nervous because you play such a big part and you want to win so badly. You need to have a lot of patience and confidence. Right now, I have both."

And it shows. Lundqvist has surrendered only one goal on 12 shootout shots for a 3-1 record.

"You never take anything for granted, but it sure is good to know he is spot-on good when it comes to that part of the game," Rangers coach Tom Renney said.

Fredrik Sjostrom scored for the Rangers in regulation as the Eastern Conference leaders stretched their winning streak to three.

Daniel Alfredsson had the lone goal for the Senators, who lost their fifth straight. They have scored only five goals during that span.

Sharks 4, Predators 1 - Devin Setoguchi had a power-play goal and an assist to help visiting San Jose beat Nashville. Jody Shelley, Tomas Plihal, and Patrick Marleau also scored for San Jose, which jumped to a 2-0 lead with two goals in a span of 1 1/2 minutes in the first period.

Nashville's Jason Arnott left on a stretcher after a scary collision late in the first period. San Jose's Joe Pavelski and Arnott collided and crashed into the net as they both were charging toward the puck. Arnott was pushed head first into Sharks goaltender Brian Boucher and was carried off after lying motionless on the ice for several minutes. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

Islanders 2, Canucks 1 - Roberto Luongo made 34 saves, but couldn't stop Frans Nielsen in a shootout as host New York won its season-best third straight game.

Nielsen scored on the first shot of the tiebreaker, and Joey MacDonald turned aside all three Vancouver shooters - ending the game with a poke check against Alex Burrows. MacDonald stopped 31 shots through overtime.

Red Wings 4, Oilers 0 - Ty Conklin made 21 saves for his fifth career shutout, and Jiri Hudler and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and an assist to lift host Detroit.

The Red Wings' backup goaltender has started and won two consecutive games, sandwiched around the birth of his third child.

"Got a win Friday [3-2, in Florida]. Got to see my wife and the baby [son Nash] and now the shutout. Been a good three days," Conklin said.

Mikael Samuelsson and Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit, which has won five of its past six. Henrik Zetterberg added two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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