Final

Series (Game 2 of 2)

New York leads 2-0

Game 1: Tuesday, November 19th
Ducks2Final
OT
Rangers3
Game 2: Friday, February 21st
Rangers6Final
Ducks2

Rangers 6

(25-30-2, 59 pts)

Ducks 2

(28-21-4, 68 pts)

10:30 PM ET, February 21, 2003

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 3 T
NYR 1 1 46
ANA 1 0 12

P. Bure (Rangers - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

B. Holik (Rangers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Pahlsson (Ducks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Bure and Holik each score twice for New York

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The New York Rangers found out what they look like when all their superstars are healthy and they play as a team.

Pavel Bure and Bobby Holik each scored twice and Mike Dunham made 32 saves as the Rangers beat Anaheim 6-2 Friday night, ending the Mighty Ducks' six-game home unbeaten streak.

''It's been a very strange year because of the injuries we've had, and our top players being out of the lineup on a lot of nights,'' Holik said. ''You can only do what you can do, and you have to keep that focus. Now we're back together and we're playing better.''

Alexei Kovalev got his 31st goal and Matthew Barnaby also scored to help the Rangers win for the fourth time in six games and climb to five points of Boston for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with 18 games left.

''We can do it,'' New York's Eric Lindros said. ''I mean, we've put ourselves in a position where we have to bite a lot -- but we can chew it.''

New York is 13-16-3 since getting Dunham in a trade from Nashville on Dec. 12, and the seven-year veteran has been in net for all 13 victories -- allowing no more than two goals in any of them.

Lindros, Radek Dvorak and Jamie Lundmark each had two assists. It was only the second time in 23 games that the Ducks allowed more than three goals. The other time was in a 6-5 victory over Los Angeles.

The Ducks lost for just the sixth time in 20 games despite goals from Samuel Pahlsson and Steve Rucchin.

Bure, whose overtime goal beat Anaheim 3-2 on Nov. 19 in Madison Square Garden, put the Rangers ahead 2-1 just 1:29 into the second period. He beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a one-timer from the top of the left circle for his first goal in three games after missing the previous 31 following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

After Rucchin scored 49 seconds into the third period to tie it, Bure put the Rangers ahead to stay with his 16th goal.

''We knew that if we played solid, we would get some opportunities,'' Rangers captain Mark Messier said. ''We've got guys who can score goals if we get those opportunities, so we didn't really pay much attention to the goaltending.''

Holik made it 5-2 with his 12th and 13th goals. Kovalev capped the scoring three seconds after the Rangers came up empty on a power play.

They have a lot of skilled players,'' said Giguere, who was coming off his club-record seventh shutout. ''I was struggling in the third period, and when you're struggling, they have the power to put it behind you.''

The Ducks, who went eight consecutive games without a first-period goal, opened the scoring with 1:49 left in the opening period when Pahlsson converted a rebound of Lance Ward's wrist shot from the top of the right circle. The lead lasted just 24 seconds.

Lindros carried the puck around the net, spun around in the right circle and passed into the slot, where it struck Kovalev and caromed to Barnaby a few feet away. It was the 13th goal by the rugged right wing, who leads the Rangers with 122 penalty minutes.

It was the first time in seven games Anaheim's top line of Paul Kariya, Petr Sykora and Adam Oates failed to record a point -- and only the second time in the last 17 contests. They had combined for 21 goals and 59 points in a 19-game span before facing Dunham, who is 4-7-1 against Anaheim.

The Rangers killed all four Anaheim power plays after allowing 19 power-play goals in their previous 11 games. Anaheim is 2-for-33 with the man advantage in its last eight games and 0-for-19 over the last five.

''You look at their personnel when they're out there with a man advantage, and we knew it would be a tough job for us to shut that power play down,'' Dunham said. ''That was a key for us because it gave us some confidence.''

Game notes


Contrary to the section on retired players in the NHL's record book this year, defenseman Vic Lynn never played for the Rangers. If he had, he would have been the only player in history to have played for each of the ''original six'' teams. ... The Rangers improved to 8-0 when Messier plays fewer than 18 minutes. They're 0-6-1 when he plays more than 22. ... Saturday marks the 39th anniversary of perhaps the most controversial and unpopular trade in Rangers history, when captain Andy Bathgate was dealt to Toronto in a seven-player swap that brought Bob Nevin and Rod Seiling to New York. The deal worked out great for Bathgate, who won his only Stanley Cup that spring. The Rangers had to wait another 30 years before winning a championship.

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