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Rangers prevail in 7-round shootout

New York edges Calgary for its first victory in the fifth game of its nine-game homestand.

BENOIT POULIOT scored in the seventh round of the shootout, and the New York Rangers rallied to beat Calgary, 4-3, last 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.

In other games

* At Chicago, Jonathan Toews set up two of the Blackhawks' three first-period goals as they cooled off Los Angeles, 3-1, in a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals.

Marian Hossa had a shorthanded score that snapped Los Angeles' NHL-record streak of 18 games without allowing a first-period goal.

The Kings had won six in a row.

* At Montreal, Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad scored in a 2:27 span in the second period, and Scott Clemmensen made 17 saves in Florida's 2-1 victory over Montreal.

* At Detroit, Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his sixth career shutout, and Tyler Johnson, J.T. Brown and Alex Killorn scored in the third period in Tampa Bay's 3-0 victory over Detroit. The Red Wings lost their fifth in a row.

* At Anaheim, Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:17 to play, Ryan Getzlaf extended his points streak to 14 games, and the Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, their fifth straight victory.