Trottier coaches first win since Nov. 7


NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Rangers finally clicked on their
power play and figured out how to win with coach Bryan Trottier on
the bench.

Eric Lindros and Ronald Petrovicky scored rare power-play goals
Monday night, leading the Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the
Carolina Hurricanes.

Dale Purinton added his second goal of the season 1:02 after
Lindros gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the third period.

Trottier, who recently missed three games -- all victories --
because of suspension and a back injury, coached his first victory
since Nov. 7.

New York had just five power-play goals in 74 chances before
Monday and none in the five previous games. Dan Blackburn stopped
30 shots in his ninth straight start for the Rangers in place of
injured goalie Mike Richter.

"Blackburn made some pretty big saves on quality scoring
chances,'' Carolina's Erik Cole said.

The 19-year-old backup is 5-3-1 since taking over, and improved
to 4-0 following New York losses.

"You want to be able to do that because it avoids getting into
a losing skid,'' Blackburn said. "Then everybody's confidence goes
down. This way it's good to bounce back.''

Lindros broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal at 1:41 of the
third with a wrist shot from the right circle for his fourth goal
of the season. Purinton then beat goalie Kevin Weekes with a nifty
move at 2:43 to make it 3-1.

"Tonight was the first time in a while there were loose pucks
hanging around in front of the crease and in the high slot area,''
Lindros said. "It was nothing pretty -- just fire it at the net.''

Petrovicky got the Rangers even at 1 with his third goal of the
season, at 15:08 of the second period. Brian Leetch sent a
cross-ice pass at the point to Tom Poti, whose shot hit the
backboards and bounced in front of the net. Petrovicky then banked
a shot in off of Weekes' left skate.

Glen Wesley gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 3:07 of the second
period with a power-play goal from just inside the blue line. Rod
Brind'Amour sent a pass from the sideboards to Wesley, who wristed
a shot from the middle of the zone past Blackburn for his first
goal of the season.

Game notes
Rangers captain Mark Messier did not return after
sustaining a mild neck sprain late in the first period. He is day
to day. ... The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes sang the national
anthem. ... Rangers C Bobby Holik missed his 14th consecutive game
with a hip flexor injury.