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Rangers nip Blackhawks

UNDATED (AP) - The New York Rangers have opened the post-Olympic part of their schedule by knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champions.


     Cam Talbot turned back 31 shots and the Rangers won for the sixth time in seven games by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. Talbot blanked the Hawks until Peter Regin scored with 11.6 seconds left.


     Derick Brassard and Rick Nash had the Rangers' goals as New York kept Chicago three points behind Anaheim in the Western Conference race.


     Also on ice:


     - Joe Pavelski had a hat trick while San Jose was outscoring the Flyers 5-0 in the second period of a 7-3 rout of the Flyers. Raffi Torres and Logan Couture each tallied twice in their return to the lineup, helping the Sharks end the Flyers' four-game winning streak.


     - Jonathan Quick picked up his 29th career shutout by stopped 25 shots in the Los Angeles Kings' 2-0 victory at Calgary. Dustin Brown scored the game-winner and had an assist to help the Kings win their third straight since a 1-8-1 skid.


     - Minnesota was a 3-0 winner at Edmonton as Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves in his second career shutout. Mikael Granlund, Stephane Veilleux and Dany Heatley provided the scoring in the Wild's third straight win.


     - David Desharnais scored the lone shootout goal as Montreal overcame Sidney Crosby's one goal and one assist to beat Pittsburgh 6-5. Daniel Briere scored twice and Carey Price turned back all three of the Penguins' shootout attempts.


     - Johan Franzen recorded a hat trick during a 12:21 span of Detroit's 6-1 rout of Ottawa. Tomas Turco and Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR') each had a goal and an assist as the Red Wings improved to 7-2-2 in their last 11 games.


     - Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler before Olli Jokinen notched the shootout winner in the Jets' 3-2 victory against Phoenix. The Jets are 10-3-1 since coach Paul Maurice replaced the fired Claude Noel.


     - Washington blew a 4-2 lead in the third period before beating Florida 5-4 on Alex Ovechkin's tiebreaking goal with 4:17 left. Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich each had a goal and two assists for the winners.


     - Brenden Dillon and Jamie Benn each scored short-handed goals for Dallas in a 4-1 verdict over Carolina. Benn also had two assists and Kari Lehtonen handled 29 shots in the Stars' fourth victory in five games.


     - Lubomir Visnovsky scored 1:55 into overtime as the New York Islanders topped Toronto 5-4. Visnovsky's winner came after Anders Lee scored two tying goals for the Islanders during a third period in which the teams combined for five goals in a nine-minute span.


     - Adam Henrique scored twice and Jaromir Jagr netted the 699th goal of his career as New Jersey downed Columbus 5-2. Patrik Elias added a goal and two assists and Cory Schneider made 17 saves as the Devils salvaged the final meeting of their four-game season series with Columbus.


     - Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal at 13:56 of the third period to send Nashville to a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. Matt Cullen and Roman Josi also scored with the man advantage to help the Predators snap a three-game losing streak.



     Letang vows to return to ice following stroke


     PITTSBURGH (AP) - Recovering from a stroke, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said his doctors have reassured him that he'll be play hockey again, although there's no target date for his return. Letang had a stroke during a West Coast trip before the Olympic break and is being treated with blood thinners while he performs light exercises without weights. He signed a $58 million, eight-year contract extension last summer but has been plagued by injuries this season, missing 19 games with an elbow infection and a lower-body injury before the stroke.

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