Backup Goalie Carries Rangers Past Flyers

Valiquette nearly perfect after taking over in second period
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2008 7:40 PM CST
In this handout photo provided by MSG Photos, New York Rangers' Fredrik Sjostrom of Sweden celebrates a goal during the first period of NHL action against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Stephen Valiquette got the win today in relief of Rangers star netminder Henrik Lundqvist, as New York edged Philadelphia 5-4 in the overtime shootout, reports AP. After a wild first period that saw six goals, both backup goalies settled things down, allowing one goal between them the rest of the way. Valiquette had 17 saves and was perfect in the shootout.

The red-hot Rangers, with points in their last nine games (7-0-2), got a goal and two assists from Martin Straka and tallies by Brendan Shanahan and Nigel Dawes in the shootout. Jeff Carter scored twice for Philly, which saw its modest three-game winning streak end. The two teams currently hold the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. (Read more hockey stories.)