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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Whalers Outshoot Rangers, As Richter Saves Seal 5-2 Win

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers scored three times in the first period and Mike Richter made 39 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Hartford Whalers.


Bill Berg scored on the game's first shot, Luc Robitaille on a power play and Adam Graves shorthanded, as the Rangers handed Richter a 3-0 lead after one period.


That's all the offensive support Richter needed as he extended his unbeaten streak to eight games and extended the Rangers' best stretch of the season to 8-1-1. The Rangers went over the .500 mark for the first time.


Richter, 13-9-2 overall, proved his worth in the game when he turned back Hartford without a goal in the second period as the Whalers outshot the Rangers 15-7. The Rangers got a goal by Doug Lidster to take a 4-0 lead.


Wayne Gretzky had the other goal for the Rangers. Jeff O'Neill and Geoff Sanderson scored for the Whalers.


Lightning 4, Canadiens 2. In Montreal, Mikael Andersson's short-handed, tie-breaking goal with two minutes left allowed Tampa Bay to increase its unbeaten streak to five games.


Andersson beat Jocelyn Thibault with a slapshot from the left faceoff circle. Chris Gratton scored twice, and John Cullen also scored for Tampa Bay.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)