The New York Rangers are in a playoff race and a losing streak and Coach Roger Neilson is hoping the latter ends before the former.
The Rangers lost their fourth straight Wednesday night when Shawn Burr and Dave Barr scored second-period goals to help the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 triumph over New York."The power play was really shut down badly," Neilson said. "We're just about at the lowest point right now. Thank goodness the playoffs aren't starting tomorrow."
The Rangers, who scored just one goal off nine power-play opportunities, remained three points ahead of idle Pittsburgh for the Patrick Division lead. The Red Wings are 6-2 in their last eight games.
"We killed eight of nine power plays, but that means we took too many penalties," said Detroit Coach Bryan Murray.
Burr opened the scoring at 2:06 of the second period when he punched a 5-foot backhander through the legs of Ranger goaltender Mike Richter, who had just made a save on Bob Probert.
Two Detroit goals within 13 seconds of each other, the first coming at 11:16, clinched the Red Wings' victory. Johan Garpenlov took Barr's pass, while standing alone in the slot, and pumped a 30 footer past Richter.
Devils 3, Toronto 2
At East Rutherford, N.J., John MacLean and Alexei Kasatonov scored goals 2:26 apart in the third period to help Tom McVie record his first victory since returning as Devils coach. The victory moved New Jersey two points ahead of Washington in the battle for the fourth and final Patrick Division playoff spot.
Sabres 6, Jets 2
At Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dale Hawerchuk scored three goals and Lou Franceschetti added three assists to power Buffalo. Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead when Soviet rookie Sergei Kharin picked up his fourth point in as many games since joining the Jets from Moncton of the AHL.
Flyers 5, Canucks 4
At Vancouver, British Columbia, Murray Baron fought off Jyrki Lumme and Geoff Courtnall to score in overtime, ending the Flyers' four game losing streak. Baron picked up the puck at center ice and skated through Lumme and Courtnall to flip a backhand past Vancouver netminder Troy Gamble at 3:09 of overtime to record his seventh of the year.
Oilers 2, NY Islanders 1
At Edmonton, Altberta, Grant Fuhr made 25 saves and Joe Murphy scored the game-winner at 3:05 of the second period, lifting the Oilers. Islanders goaltender Glenn Healy made 31 saves. Fuhr is 4-2-2 since being reinstated last month after sitting out a 60-game suspension for drug abuse.