Sun, Jan 18, 2009 - Page 19 News List

NHL: Rangers defeat Blackhawks to keep division lead

AP , CHICAGO

Chris Drury scored his second power-play goal of the game in overtime, giving the New York Rangers their third straight NHL win, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

Drury tipped in Wade Redden’s shot from the top of the slot to keep the Rangers above Philadelphia in top spot in the Atlantic Division.

New York’s divisional lead is due in no small part to their ability to win the close ones. The Rangers are 11-4 in overtime games and shootouts and 17-8 in one-goal games.

FLYERS 3, PANTHERS 2, SO

In Sunrise, Florida, Simon Gagne scored the only goal in the shootout, and Philadelphia’s Antero Niittymaki stopped all three Florida shooters.

Niittymaki ended the shootout when he blocked Nathan Horton’s wrist shot. He made 32 saves over regulation and overtime.

Gagne also scored in the first period, and Jeff Carter added his NHL-leading 30th goal of the season.

DEVILS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1

In Columbus, Ohio, John Madden scored a controversial goal to give New Jersey a narrow win over Columbus.

A New Jersey shot appeared to be covered by Columbus goalie Steve Mason for a second or two before the puck slid free. Madden won the race to the puck and jammed it across the goal line an instant after a Columbus player had crashed into the goal post and dislodged it.

The referee immediately signaled a goal, and that call stood after a video review.

PENGUINS 3, DUCKS 1

In Pittsburgh, Matt Cooke scored twice in 43 seconds as Pittsburgh handed Anaheim a fourth straight defeat.

In Friday’s other games it was:

• Oilers 3, Avalanche 2

• Thrashers 4, Maple Leafs 3, OT

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