. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rangers Continue Win Streak With 7-4 Victory Over Sharks


NEW YORK -- Mark Messier had two goals and two assists and Pat Verbeek scored two power-play goals, including the 400th of his career, as the New York Rangers defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-4 and extended their home-ice unbeaten streak to 19 games.

Brian Leetch scored the tiebreaker Wednesday and set up another goal in the third period as the Rangers improved their record at Madison Square Garden to 16-0-3 since losing Oct. 22. The streak is the second longest in club history, behind only the 24-game streak (17-0-7) of the 1970-71 club.

The Atlantic Division-leading Rangers allowed the Sharks four goals on their first 16 shots before converting five of seven power-play chances.

Canucks 2, Canadiens 2, OT. In Montreal, Jyrki Lumme's goal 9:55 into the second period helped pull Vancouver into a tie with Montreal.

Andrei Kovalenko and Vladimir Malakhov scored in the first period for Montreal (19-18-5).

Red Wings 4, Stars 0. In Dallas, All-Star goalie Chris Osgood stopped 25 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as Detroit spoiled the coaching debut of Ken Hitchcock by beating the Stars 4-0.

Detroit's Scotty Bowman picked up his 943th career victory and coached in his 1,613 game, both league records.

Leafs 5, Kings 4. In Toronto, trade rumors surrounding Wayne Gretzky took center stage as the Kings fell to Dave Andreychuk's game-winner.

A St. Louis report Wednesday quoted Blues president Jack Quinn as saying Gretzky and Brett Hull would be a perfect matchs.

"I'm sure a lot of teams would have to be interested in him," said Quinn. "If the Blues look at Gretzky, you'd have Gretzky and Hull and you'd have Mantle and Maris. Having said that, he's the property of the L.A. Kings. You can't covet other people's property."


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