Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Sunday, November 16th
Rangers2Final
OT
Blackhawks2

Rangers 2

(6-6-2, 17 pts)

Blackhawks 2

(6-7-2, 18 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 16, 2003

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 OT T
NYR 0 1 1 02
CHI 1 0 1 02

B. McLean (Blackhawks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Messier (Rangers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

C. Simon (Rangers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Simon's goal ties game

CHICAGO (AP) -- Mike Dunham kept New York in the game, and Chris Simon came through to lift the Rangers into a tie with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago fired 41 shots at Dunham, including eight in overtime, in settling for a 2-2 tie Sunday night.

"Dunham made some great saves," said Chicago's Brett McLean, who had given Chicago a 2-1 lead with a breakaway goal early in the third period. "It's frustrating, we definitely could have had two points.

"That's definitely the way we have to play," McLean added. "We did everything we could."

Chicago's Kyler Calder also beat Dunham on a first-period tip-in as the Blackhawks snapped a four-game losing streak. Chicago remained winless in its last five.

"Dunham played unbelievable tonight for us," said Mark Messier. "That's just what we need to win. Too bad we didn't get the win tonight."

Simon scored midway through the third period to give the Rangers the tie. Messier scored on a short-handed breakaway late in the second.

Although Simon's goal originally was scored as unassisted, Messier eventually was awarded an assist on the play, giving him 1,170 for his career. That moved Messier past Ray Bourque into third place on the NHL's all-time assist list. He remains behind Wayne Gretzky and Ron Francis.

"He's played very well," said Rangers coach Glen Sather. "He's played back-to-back games like a 20-year-old."

The Blackhawks failed to capitalize on five power-play chances, including a span of nearly six minutes with a man advantage late in the second period. The Rangers were 0-for-4 on the power play.

"They had a lot of shots on the power play, throwing a lot of pucks on the net," said Dunham. "But we didn't quit. We we're down a goal a couple of times, but we came right back."

Dunham had 39 saves, while Chicago's Michael Leighton stopped 32 shots.

Calder opened the scoring on a tip-in from a faceoff with 2:33 left in the first period. After Tyler Arnason won the draw in the left circle, Calder deflected in Bryan Berard's low shot from the point.

The Blackhawks enjoyed a continuous 5:49 span with at least a one-man advantage late in the second, but failed to score.

Instead, Messier scored his second short-handed goal this season, with 1:58 left in the period.

With New York's Martin Rucinsky pressuring him, Berard lost the puck to Messier at the Chicago blue line. Messier skated in alone and beat Leighton with a low, point-blank shot.

The Blackhawks had nine shots on Dunham during the extended power play, created by minor penalties to New York's Bobby Holik and one to Petr Nedved.

"You can't ask for any more than that," said Chicago coach Brian Sutter.

Game notes


New York's Eric Lindros missed his second straight game due to a scratched left cornea. He's day-to-day. .. .Chicago's top goalie, Jocelyn Thibault, underwent successful surgery Saturday to repair torn cartilage in his right hip. He'll be out 10-12 weeks. ...The Blackhawks play their next six games on the road, all against Western Conference teams. They won't skate at the United Center again until Dec. 3, against Buffalo.

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