NHL: Rangers clip Wings
Detroit slumped to a sixth consecutive NHL defeat on Wednesday, going down 2-1 in overtime to the New York Rangers.
Last Updated: 22/03/12 6:56am
Ryan Callahan struck the overtime winner as the New York Rangers saw off the Detroit Red Wings, who slumped to a sixth consecutive NHL defeat in the process.
Henrik Zetterberg had put Detroit in front inside four minutes of the first period, but Brad Richards levelled before the quarter-hour mark for New York.
Callahan, on his 27th birthday, then made the different in the third minute of overtime, making it 2-1 with his 27th goal of the season for the Eastern Conference leaders.
The Chicago Blackhawks were also 2-1 overtime winners, in their case against the Vancouver Canucks, as Andrew Shaw netted the winning shot in the third additional minute.
The Blackhawks fell behind in the first minute when Jannik Hansen scored for Vancouver, but Chicago were level early in the second period when Patrick Kane netted. And they clinched a fifth straight win when Shaw scored decisively.
The St Louis Blues, top of the overall NHL standings, suffered a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks as James Blake struck the deciding goal.
Jaden Schwartz put St Louis ahead early, and although Cam Fowler levelled for Anaheim soon afterwards, David Backes scored for the Blues again to establish a lead from the first period.
Nick Bonino hauled Anaheim back to parity again, but David Perron restored St Louis' lead in the fifth minute of the third period. The Blues could not push on though, and Devante Smith-Pelly brought Anaheim back to level terms before Blake hit the game's seventh and last goal with under six minutes to play.
Cody Hodgson netted twice in the Buffalo Sabres' 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens, with Jason Pominville also on target, while Eric Staal hit two goals and Joni Pitkanen also scored as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Florida Panthers 3-1, with Tomas Fleischmann replying.