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Bure gets 20th career hat trick in Rangers' win

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pavel Bure scored three goals, but it was his
hustle on another play that impressed his coach the most.

Bure assisted on Eric Lindros' game-winner Tuesday night to lead
the New York Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue
Jackets.

Bure's hustle led to Lindros' goal when his backcheck prevented
an icing call. Bure then worked the puck out of the corner and
drove to the net. Marc Denis stopped his shot but left the rebound
for Lindros, who flipped it over the goaltender for his sixth goal
of the season at 10:47 of the third period to make it 4-3.

"Without a doubt that was the play of the game, effort-wise,''
Rangers coach Bryan Trottier said. "I thought Pav had a boat full
of jump and hunger.''

Bure recorded his 20th career hat trick when he scored his third
goal of the night at with 1:54 remaining on a 2-on-1 break with
Petr Nedved. He now has five goals in the last two games.

"You can score a bunch of goals in a few games,'' Bure said.
"And sometimes you go without a goal. It's part of the game. The
most important thing is that we win.''

Dale Purinton gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 6:10 into the game
with his third goal of the season. Purinton took a wrist shot from
the top of the left faceoff circle that glanced off the glove of
Denis and into the net.

Columbus knotted the score at 1 just 33 seconds later when two
Rangers defenders got their skates entangled and fell, giving David
Vyborny a breakaway. Vyborny beat Dan Blackburn for his sixth goal
of the season.

Bure put New York ahead 2-1 with his 12th of the season at 9:17,
converting a backhand shot from just outside the crease as he
swooped in on Denis.

Bure's 13th goal of the season gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead at
19:37. Nedved won a faceoff in the Columbus end and Ronald
Petrovicky sent the puck back to Bure behind the left faceoff
circle and Bure ripped a rising slap shot that beat Denis high to
the glove side.

"They scored late on that faceoff in the first period and that
put us squarely behind the eight ball,'' Columbus coach Dave King
said.

Matt Davidson's third goal of the season pulled Columbus to
within 3-2 at 3:08 of the second period. Davidson took a pass from
Ray Whitney on a 2-on-1 break and backhanded the puck past
Blackburn from close range.

Andrew Cassels tied the score at 3 with his seventh of the
season on a power play at 3:27 of the third period. Cassels
converted a pass from the left point by Jarolsav Spacek.

"We fought back and made it 3-3,'' King said. "Then they
scored that fourth goal and that was probably the turning point in
the game. With any kind of a better effort we might have had a
chance to win this hockey game.''

Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch left the game with a bruised
left foot when blocking a shot during the first period and did not
return.

"The tendon that runs over the plate and screws that I have in
my ankle just got hit right on that,'' Leetch said. "So putting
weight on it and moving my foot right now is really sore but there
isn't a break. It's not a broken bone so I'll just take an
anti-inflammatory and see how it feels from day-to-day.''

Game notes
Referee Ian Walsh did not return after the first period
suffering from food poisoning. ... Rangers defenseman Darius
Kasparaitis sat out with back spasms. ... The Blue Jackets recalled
defenseman Duvie Westcott from Syracuse of the AHL and placed
defenseman Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre on the injured list.