=== Fedotenko nets winner as Rangers edge Wild ===
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Ruslan Fedotenko scored the game-winner in the
third period and the New York Rangers beat the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, on Tuesday
night to increase their lead atop the Atlantic Division.
Marian Gaborik scored for the first time against his former team, Brian Boyle
also netted a goal for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves in the
New York's 103 points are three more than the Penguins for first place in the
division -- and the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh lost to
the Islanders at home Tuesday night.
"We don't really care about them," said Lundqvist. "I'm happy with the way we
Kyle Brodziak and Mikko Koivu had power play goals for the Wild, who have lost
11 of their last 14, and Josh Harding gave up three goals on 32 shots.
Ryan McDonagh set up Fedotenko's go-ahead goal, which came with 6:23 left in
the game. His pass from the left boards fluttered through the left circle,
then the slot and landed on his teammate's stick for a one-timer on the low
Wild head coach Mike Yeo was less than pleased with his team's effort on the
play and wondered how it could have happened.
"I'm not in a very good mood right now," said Yeo. "We gave them a freebie in
a 2-2 game. We gave them a tap-in and that can't happen."
Earlier, Boyle scored after a flurry in front of the Wild net to give the
Rangers a 1-0 lead at 11:23 in the first period. Harding was held up, so
defenseman Nate Prosser was on his knees in net but unable to block the shot.
Brodziak tied the game on a power play 3:05 into the second period, jamming in
a loose puck despite being surrounded by three Rangers. But Gaborik gave New
York a 2-1 lead 4:53 later when he stickhandled to his forehand in the slot
and beat Harding.
Gaborik signed with Rangers in 2009-10 after eight seasons with the Wild, but
was facing his former team for just the second time, having missed two of New
York's previous three games versus Minnesota due to injury.
The Wild tied the game around four minutes after Gaborik's goal on a power
play when Koivu scored from one knee after the puck caromed to him on the
The Rangers are 2-0 on a three-game road trip that finishes in Winnipeg on
Wednesday...The Wild, who were already mathematically eliminated from making
the playoffs, opened a three-game homestand that continues against Florida on
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