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|Tuesday, 23 October 2007 21:15|
It marked the first time in the 82 seasons of the Original Six franchise that the Rangers absorbed back-to-back 1-0 defeats, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Evgeni Malkin scored the only goal on a power play early in the second period to ruin a good night by Henrik Lundqvist, who made a succession of excellent saves while stopping 21 shots. The biggest stop came on Jordan Staal's penalty shot less than a minute after Malkin scored.
The Rangers, who lost 1-0 in a shootout at Boston on Saturday, have scored 13 goals in their first eight games. That is their lowest total since netting nine in 1950. New York has gone 181 minutes, nine seconds without scoring an even-strength goal.
Thrashers 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO
TORONTO (AP) - Ilya Kovalchuk scored the winner in a shootout to give Atlanta a victory over Toronto after the Thrashers gave up the tying to goal to the hometown Maple Leafs in the closing seconds of regulation.
Kovalchuk, Tobias Enstrom, with his first NHL goal, Eric Perrin and Todd White scored in regulation for the Thrashers (2-7), who are 2-1 since general manager Don Waddell took over as coach after firing Bob Hartley.
Mats Sundin, Hal Gill, Nik Antropov and Alex Ponikarovsky scored for Toronto (3-4-3).
Antropov and Marian Hossa traded goals early in the shootout, and Kovalchuk ended it by flipping the puck over Vesa Toskala.
Blue Jackets 7, Blackhawks 4
CHICAGO (AP) - Rick Nash had two goals and an assist, and Jiri Novotny scored twice to lift Columbus over Chicago.
Sergei Fedorov, Nikolai Zherdev and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who earned their fourth victory of the season but first not by shutout. Nash extended his goal streak to four games. He has five goals and three assists in that span.
Chicago's Patrick Kane, the first overall pick in this year's draft, had two goals and two assists to record his third straight multipoint game. He leads the Blackhawks with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists). James Wisniewski and rookie Jonathan Toews scored the other goals for Chicago.
Toews, the Blackhawks' first-round pick (third overall) in 2006, has points in each of his first seven NHL games (three goals, four assists).
Fredrik Norrena made 24 saves in recording his first victory of the season.
Blues 4, Ducks 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Paul Kariya had a goal and three assists, and Brad Boyes scored twice as St. Louis kept Anaheim winless on the road.
Kariya, a key free agent acquisition, has nine assists and 11 points for the Blues in his first seven games with St. Louis. Boyes has six goals and two assists.
Keith Tkachuk also had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who got 14 saves from Manny Legace. He improved to 9-1-1 against Anaheim and hasn't lost to the Ducks since Nov. 16, 1998
Andy McDonald and Mark Mowers scored for the Ducks, 0-5-1 on the road.
Avalanche 4, Oilers 2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Tyler Arnason had a goal and assist, and Colorado made Ryan Smyth's return to Edmonton successful with a victory over the Oilers.
Jaroslav Hlinka, Wojtek Wolski and Brett Clark also scored for the Avalanche, who signed Smyth to a five-year, $31.25 million free-agent deal this summer.
Smyth had spent his entire career with Edmonton before leaving a trail of tears when the Oilers traded him to the New York Islanders just before the March trade deadline. He didn't get on the score sheet, but left with a win.
It was the first road victory in five tries this season for the Avalanche (5-4).
Dustin Penner and Tom Gilbert scored for the Oilers (3-6), who have lost six of seven and are winless in five games against Northwest Division rivals.
Kings 6, Predators 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jason LaBarbera made 17 saves to notch his second career shutout, Michael Cammalleri scored twice for an NHL-leading 10 goals, and Los Angeles handed Nashville its sixth consecutive loss.
The Predators were shut out for the second game in a row. They have been outscored 28-9 during the losing streak, their longest since they dropped six straight March 10-21, 2002. They have scored only one goal in three games.
Ladislav Nagy, signed as a free agent over the summer, had his first goal for the Kings, at 9:23 of the third, after assisting on two earlier scores.
Cammalleri opened the scoring 6:09 into the game. Lubomir Visnovksy made it 2-0 later in the period.
Raitis Ivanans and Alexander Frolov each scored in the second period to give Los Angeles a 4-0 lead, prompting Nashville coach Barry Trotz to replace goalie Chris Mason with Dan Ellis.