Rangers rally to beat Flames 4-3 in shootout

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 15, 2013
Benoit Pouliot scored in the seventh round of the shootout, and the New York Rangers rallied to beat Calgary 4-3 on Sunday night for their first victory on a long homestand. Pouliot scored the fourth goal of the Rangers' first shootout of the season, and beleaguered goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped Mikael Backlund to give the Rangers the win. New York is 1-3-1 on its team-record, nine-game homestand. Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin scored to erase the Rangers' early 2-0 deficit, and Chris Kreider made it 3-3 with 7:53 left in regulation as New York improved to 2-15 in games in which it allowed the first goal. Lundqvist, who stopped 18 shots through overtime, spread his arms and looked up to the ceiling in relief after the final shootout attempt as he ended his and the Rangers' four-game losing streak (0-3-1). Rookie center Sean Monahan gave Calgary a 3-2 lead at 4:44 of the third period but the Flames couldn't stretch their winning streak to three. The 19-year-old Monahan chipped a shot from in close off a feed from behind the net from Curtis Glencross for his 10th goal and third in his last seven games. He missed seven games because of a broken foot, and returned to the lineup Saturday for the Flames' win at Buffalo. Backlund and Glencross scored in the first period, Jiri Hudler had two assists, and Karri Ramo made 29 saves through overtime. The teams played a frantic final few minutes of regulation when the Rangers were given power plays 40 seconds apart after Mike Cammalleri was sent off for roughing, and Ramo was called for delay of game when he whacked a rebound out of play. That advantage was short-circuited right when Cammalleri's penalty ended when Kreider was given four minutes for high-sticking Chris Butler. The Rangers got it to overtime, with Calgary still having 2:04 left on its power play, and killed the remainder of the penalty. The Flames won their first two games since general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod were fired Thursday. New York tied it at 2 at 7:29 of the second period on Hagelin's sixth goal of the season. Hagelin got to a rebound, swung around the net and stuffed a shot inside the right post. The Rangers again had a rough first period, but putting their troubles in perspective, they had a better start than in their previous game by holding the Flames to two goals. The Rangers trailed Columbus 3-0 in the opening frame on Thursday, and Lundqvist was chased from the net 11:10 into the 3-2 loss. Calgary got the quick jump Sunday when Backlund scored at 7:28, just five seconds into a power play after Chris Kreider was sent off for interference. Backlund won a faceoff in the left circle and then moved into the slot, where he deftly tipped in Hudler's shot for his fourth goal. The Flames made it 2-0 with 5:00 left in the period. Hudler weaved his way in close and made a short backhanded pass to Glencross, who used his own backhand to beat Lundqvist for his sixth goal. The announcement of Glencross' goal was only halfway finished when Stepan brought a roar from the crowd with his sixth of the season 25 seconds later. It was Stepan's first goal in 11 games. NOTES: Stepan earned his 100th NHL assist on Kreider's goal. ... Flames D Mark Giordano played in his 400th NHL game. ... Calgary's previous four games were decided by 2-1 scores.
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