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Rangers' win streak hits six vs. Penguins

By wire services
Published December 2, 2005

NEW YORK - Marek Malik scored his first goal in regulation and fellow defenseman Maxim Kondratiev scored his first in the NHL to lead the Rangers to their sixth straight win, 2-1 Thursday night over the Penguins.

It is New York's longest winning streak since a six-game run from Nov.3-14, 2001. The Rangers are 11-3 in their past 14 games and the slumping Penguins dropped their fourth straight, including three on the road.

Malik ended the league's longest shootout in the 15th round Saturday against Washington with a sparkling between-the-legs move. The winner was replayed early in the game Thursday, one night after it was shown during the Knicks' NBA game while Malik sat courtside.

"I'm scared to turn on the TV now. You can't hide from him," said teammate and Czech countryman Jaromir Jagr, who has 21 goals and assisted on Kondratiev's score.

BRUINS 3, SENATORS 0: In the first game since he was acquired in a trade for Joe Thornton, Marco Sturm had a goal and an assist and Hannu Toivonen handed first-place Ottawa its first shutout of the season.

Toivonen stopped 26 shots to earn his first career shutout and give host Boston its second win in 11 games. That slump led to the team trading its captain to San Jose for Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart. Sturm made an immediate impact, scoring 77 seconds into his Boston debut.

Ottawa's Dany Heatley was held without a point for the first time this season. The Senators had won six in a row and hadn't lost to a Northeast Division rival in 12 games.

LEAFS 4, THRASHERS 0: MikaelTellqvist stopped 28 shots for his first career shutout, former Lightning wing Darcy Tucker scored twice and visiting Toronto stretched its winning streak over Atlanta to six games.

PANTHERS 3, CAPS 2: Nathan Horton scored in his first game after missing 10 with an injury, and Roberto Luongo stopped 36 shots for host Florida.

SABRES 3, CANADIENS 2 (OT): Brian Campbell scored 2:15 into overtime and Tim Connolly had a goal and two assists as visiting Buffalo extended its winning streak to five. Chris Drury scored the Sabres' second power-play goal 15:45 into the third to tie it at 2.

FLAMES 3, WINGS 2: Tony Amonte scored a tiebreaking goal 19 seconds into the third for visiting Calgary.

PREDATORS 2, WILD 1: Adam Hall and Jerred Smithson scored to lead host Nashville.

BLUES 4, BLUE JACKETS 1: Patrick Lalime stopped 25 shots in his first start since a six-game benching, and Dennis Wideman scored his first career goal as St. Louis ended a franchise-record seven-game home losing streak.

OILERS 5, CANUCKS 3: Jarret Stoll scored two goals and host Edmonton won for the fourth time in five games.

BLACKHAWKS: Forwards Andy Hilbert and Shawn Thornton were recalled from Norfolk of the AHL, and forward Mark Cullen was reassigned.

DUCKS: Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere was activated after missing seven games because of a strained hamstring.

[Last modified December 2, 2005, 01:14:18]


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