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