Sun, Oct 26, 2008 - Page 19 News List

NHL: Zherdev powers Rangers to win over Blue Jackets

FLOORED BY PALIN In St. Louis, the Blues’ goalkeeper was injured when he tripped over a red carpet laid out for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin


The Ottawa Senators’ Chris Neil, top, drags the Anaheim Ducks’ George Parros to the ice during the first period in Ottawa on Friday.


Nikolai Zherdev had a successful return to Columbus with a goal and two assists, leading the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets in the NHL on Friday.

Brandon Dubinsky redirected a pass off his right skate for a controversial goal that gave the Rangers the lead to stay, while Daniel Girardi also had a goal and an assist.

Rangers coach Tom Renney was taken to the dressing room after being hit on the head by a stick in the second period and did not return, but later said that he was OK to fly back to New York.


In St. Louis, the home side lost to Los Angeles, and also lost goalkeeper Manny Legace, who suffered a freak injury on ceremonial carpet.

Legace stumbled on a red carpet laid out for Republican Party vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who dropped the ceremonial first puck, and strained his left hip flexor.

Kyle Quincey and Patrick O’Sullivan scored 5:28 apart in the first period, and Jason LaBarbera stopped 15 shots for Los Angeles. The Kings also got goals from Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown.


In Sunrise, Florida, the home side completed consecutive wins for the first time this season, beating San Jose.

Cory Stillman had two goals and an assist, while Richard Zednik and Nathan Horton also scored for the Panthers. The goal was Zednik’s first since he sustained a life-threatening neck injury in Buffalo last February.

Joe Thornton, Ryane Clowe and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose, which missed a chance at the first 7-1 start in franchise history.


In Detroit, the defending Stanley Cup champions won their third straight, downing Atlanta.

Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist and Henrik Zetterberg also scored twice for the Red Wings, with Dan Cleary getting the other.

Jim Slater, Ron Hainsey and Brett Sterling scored for Atlanta.


In Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia became the last NHL team to notch a win this season by defeating New Jersey.

Mike Richards had a career-high four assists for the Devils.

Scott Hartnell had two goals and Jeff Carter, Mike Knuble, Simon Gagne and Joffrey Lupul also scored as the Flyers snapped the Devils’ three-game winning streak.

Philadelphia avoided setting a new mark for their longest victory drought at the start of the season, ending it at six games to match its poor start in 1999.

Zach Parise had a goal and set up scores by Dainius Zubrus and Travis Zajac for New Jersey.


In Ottawa, Ryan Getzlaf returned to the team and scored Anaheim’s third goal in the second-period, helping beat Ottawa.

Brian Sutherby, Todd Marchant and Sammy Pahlsson also scored for Anaheim.

Getzlaf, who missed Tuesday’s shootout win in Toronto because of a gum infection, scored his first goal on a power play at 10:57 to make it 4-0.

Daniel Alfredsson scored the first of three straight Senators goals. Alexandre Picard followed with another power-play goal and Chris Neil cut Anaheim’s lead to one with 9:12 remaining in the game but the Senators could not avoid slipping to a third straight loss.

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