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Lundqvist preserves Winter Classic win for Rangers with late penalty-shot save

PHILADELPHIA - Henrik Lundqvist stopped Danny Briere's penalty shot with 19 seconds left, Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the New York Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in the Winter Classic on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

Playing on a rink that stretched from first base to third base, the Rangers made the league's fifth Classic event a memorable one to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Mike Rupp scored twice as New York improved to 3-0 this season against Philadelphia.

The NHL surrounded the rink with Christmas trees, fire wood, fake snow, and even trash-can fires. But there was nothing artificial in the elements with snow flurries late in the second period and temperatures that dipped into the 30s, forcing 46,967 fans to bundle up for the big game.

Brayden Schenn and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers. It was Schenn's first career goal.

Flyers star Jaromir Jagr played only a minute in the second period before leaving for good. Jagr said after the game he injured his left leg and expected to return soon.

New York defenceman Marc Staal returned to the lineup after a season-long absence due to a concussion.


OTTAWA (AP)—Daniel Alfredsson scored his 401st goal on a power play 4 minutes into overtime to give Ottawa a win over New Jersey.

Alfredsson, who scored his 400th in overtime Friday against Calgary, beat Martin Brodeur with 59.4 seconds left in the extra period after David Clarkson was called for hooking 2:58 into overtime.

Ottawa's Erik Condra tied it at 2-2 with a short-handed goal 13:17 into the third. Jason Spezza scored t 1:21 into the third to spoil Brodeur's bid for his first shutout of the season.

Craig Anderson made 27 saves for Ottawa, which has won three in a row.

Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson scored in the second to put New Jersey up 2-0. The Devils had won two in a row and nine of 12.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Michael Handzus scored the only goal in a shootout to lift San Jose over Vancouver.

Jannik Hansen and Cody Hodgson scored for the Canucks in regulation. Benn Ferriero and Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead midway through the game.

In the shootout, Handzus faked twice and then beat Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on the stick side.

The Sharks won for the first time against Vancouver in three tries this season. The Canucks also beat the Sharks in five games in last season's Western Conference finals.


CHICAGO (AP)—Ryan Smyth, Taylor Hall and Andy Sutton scored in the second period and Edmonton bounced back from Daniel Carcillo's nasty hit during a chippy victory over Chicago.

Jordan Eberle had two assists for the Oilers, including a perfect backhand pass to Sutton for the tiebreaking score. Ben Eager added an insurance goal in the third period as Edmonton snapped a three-game slide.

Jonathan Toews, Andrew Brunette and Jimmy Hayes scored for the Blackhawks, who had won 10 of 13.

Devan Dubnyk made a couple of big stops in the final few minutes to preserve the victory. He finished with 39 saves.

Carcillo launched Edmonton defenceman Tom Gilbert into the boards 7:23 into the second period, resulting in a major boarding penalty and a game misconduct. Carcillo and Gilbert both went down after the vicious hit and had to be helped off the ice.


LOS ANGELES (AP)—Ryan O'Reilly scored the tying goal with 5:43 left in the third period, Milan Hejduk got the only goal in a shootout and Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves to lead surging Colorado over Los Angeles.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, trying for his NHL-leading sixth shutout, finished with 20 saves. He stopped Colorado's first 19 shots before O'Reilly carried the puck into the Kings' zone off a turnover by Kyle Clifford and scored on a 30-foot wrist shot.

Colorado has won eight of its last nine games.

The Avalanche are 7-0 in shootouts and have won their past 10 tiebreakers, one shy of the NHL record for consecutive shootout wins set by the Dallas Stars during the 2005-06 season.

Quick is 3-4 in shootouts aftergoing 10-0 last season.

Dustin Brown scored for the Kings.


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