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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Messier Scores in Return to Rangers

NEW YORK -- Mark Messier scored a second-period breakaway goal in his highly anticipated return to New York and Pavel Bure added a key shorthanded tally to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 victory over the Rangers .


Messier, revered for leading the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup title in 54 years in 1994, was greeted with a standing ovation Tuesdaywhen he first came on to the ice.


The former Rangers captain was honored with a two-minute videotape tribute following the national anthems and wiped away tears while watching from the Canucks' bench.


"It completely caught me off guard," Messier said. "I was completely surprised. Nobody told me."


Messier's eighth goal with 3:38 remaining in the second period extended Vancouver's lead to 2-0.


Dave Scatchard and Mike Sillinger also scored for Vancouver. Kirk McLean held the Rangers scoreless over the first two periods and finished with 23 saves. He is 2-10-2 lifetime in the regular season against the Rangers.


Pat LaFontaine and Tim Sweeney tallied for New York, which suffered its third loss in four games overall and fell to 4-5-4 at home.


Coyotes 3, Blues 2. In Phoenix, Bob Corkum and Teppo Numminen each had a goal and an assist and Nikolai Khabibulin made 26 saves as the Coyotes moved three games over .500 for the first time in the team's brief history with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.


Rick Tocchet also scored for Phoenix (12-9-3), which has won four of its last five and improved to 9-3-1 at home.


Trailing 3-1, Blues defenseman Steve Duchesne scored on a wrist shot from the left point with 1:39 remaining, making it a one-goal game.


Darren Turcotte had the other goal for the Blues, who have lost three straight games for the first time this year.


Maple Leafs 3, Sharks 1. In Toronto, Felix Potvin came within 1:48 of his first shutout in nearly two seasons and Igor Korolev, Derek King and Alyn McCauley each scored goals as the Maple Leafs ended the San Jose Sharks' four-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory.


The Maple Leafs are 6-0-1 in their last seven meetings with the Sharks.


Potvin made 19 saves before allowing Jarrod Skalde's goal in the third period.


Blackhawks 2, Oilers 2. In Edmonton, Eric Daze's goal with 75 seconds left in the second period helped the Chicago Blackhawks continue their recent mastery of the Oilers with a 2-2 tie.


Daze also set up Jeff Shantz's power-play marker in the first period. The Blackhawks are 10-1-3 in the last 14 meetings with the Oilers and 9-1-2 in their last 12 visits to Edmonton. Jeff Hackett made 29 saves for Chicago.


Ryan Smyth and Rem Murray tallied power-play goals and Curtis Joseph made 29 saves for the Oilers.