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New York 3, Phoenix 2 (OT)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The New York Rangers were glad to get
into overtime after falling behind Phoenix in the third period.
Then they just wanted to get off the ice quickly.

Tom Poti took care of that.

The defenseman netted his second winning goal in five games to
lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes on Monday night.

"We only had to score this one to get the game over with so we
didn't have to spend any more energy," said Poti, who scored the
last Rangers goal in a 4-3 win over the rival Islanders on Dec. 18.
"We've got a game (at Los Angeles) tomorrow night."

He scored 1:00 into overtime to cap a two-goal surge in less
than 2{ minutes, and keep Phoenix winless in its new arena.

Bobby Holik and Mark Messier had the Rangers' other goals.

Messier and Eric Lindros had two assists each, helping the
Rangers to their first win in Arizona since Nov. 26, 1996, the
Coyotes' first season after leaving Winnipeg. The Rangers, who
didn't visit last season, were 0-3-2 since then.

"We needed this," coach Glen Sather said. "It was a big win
for us."

Messier started the comeback when he took the puck away from
Ladislav Nagy along the boards and moved it to Martin Rucinsky for
a centering pass to Poti, who beat Phoenix's Sean Burke with a
wrist shot.

Holik tied it at 2 when he slipped a pass from Lindros through
the legs of defenseman Cale Hulse and Burke with 1:22 left in
regulation.

The Rangers had a six-on-four power play because they pulled
goaltender Mike Dunham with 2:07 to go after three Coyotes and two
Rangers were penalized for a shoving match.

"We did a pretty good job up until the game was on the line,"
Phoenix coach Bob Francis said. "Hockey 101, two minutes to go, we
should know better than to drop the gloves."

Earlier in the third period, New York killed a five-minute power
play incurred when Boris Mironov drew a game misconduct for kneeing
Nagy.

The Coyotes, who put only 24 shots on Dunham, took just one
during the extended advantage.

"It was just an ugly game," Messier said. "You know, we could
have had three or four early, and then not much seemed to happen
after that. But we've played a lot of good games this year and
never got anything out of it, so maybe it's good fortune for us
where we didn't play our best game and got two points."

Jan Hrdina and Daniel Cleary had the Phoenix goals.

But Cleary also got a 10-minute misconduct for scuffling with
Petr Nedved to set up Holik's power-play goal.

"With two minutes to go, emotions got the better of us,"
Cleary said. "We gave them the win, basically."

Cleary broke a 1-1 tie with his first goal of the season,
scoring 6:28 into the third -- 1:16 after Messier got his team-high
12th.

That stirred 18,217 fans into a frenzy before Holik silenced
them.

It was the second standing-room-only crowd in the $220 million
Glendale Arena that opened Saturday with Phoenix's 3-1 loss to
Nashville. The building has 17,799 seats.

The Coyotes began a power play with 32 seconds left in the first
period and scored with two seconds to go.

Hrdina got the puck from Nagy on the right wing, stick-handled
his way to the edge of the circle and tapped a backhander past
Dunham.

Among his 28 saves, Burke had a spectacular stop on Petr
Nedved's short-handed breakaway late in the second period.

But he couldn't handle Messier's one-timer of an airborne puck
which Lindros tapped his way off the rebound of a wrist shot by
Mironov 5:12 in.

Game notes
Linesman Thor Nelson was hit with a puck, opening a
10-stitch cut above the eye with 6:56 remaining in the first
period. He left, leaving three officials to finish the game. ...
Rangers RW Anson Carter sat out a second game because of a rib
strain. ... Sather was behind the bench after missing the Rangers'
6-5 overtime loss to Toronto on Friday because of the flu. D Brian
Leetch, also ill with the flu, played in his 1,098th game. ... LW
Fredrik Sjostrom, Phoenix's top 2001 draft pick, was elevated to
the top line before his 12th NHL game, playing with C Daymond
Langkow and captain Shane Doan.