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NY Rangers 2, San Jose 1 (OT)

Dec. 16, 2002 at 10:25 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Petr Nedved scored at 2:25 of overtime and newly acquired Mike Dunham made 25 saves to lift the New York Rangers to their first victory in six games Monday night, a 2-1 triumph over the San Jose Sharks.

Controlling the puck with Radek Dvorak, Nedved finally took a pass from his fellow Czech forward from the outside of the left faceoff circle in the slot. Spinning around, he put a backhander through the legs of San Jose goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff to snap New York's season-high losing streak.

The Rangers earned their first win since beating Columbus, 5-3, on Dec. 3.

Patrick Marleau opened the scoring on the power play with his 13th goal at 4:51 into the first period for the Sharks, but Matthew Barnaby snapped a 21-game scoring drought with 62 seconds left in the second to knot the score.

Dunham made his Rangers debut after coming over from Nashville in a trade Thursday for defenseman Tomas Kloucek, left wing Rem Murray and a minor leaguer. The deal was made after it was revealed that No. 1 goaltender Mike Richter, who suffered a concussion last month, will be out for the season.

Earlier in the day, the Rangers learned that star right wing Pavel Bure, their leading goal-scorer, will return in about four weeks from a left knee injury. It was feared that Bure also might be out for the season.

Kiprusoff stopped 27 shots for the Sharks, who fell to 4-2 under coach Ron Wilson since Darryl Sutter was fired on Dec. 1.

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