NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Theo Fleury reached a milestone and helped the New York Rangers end an eight-game winless streak Monday night against the Dallas Stars when he set up a pair of goals by Mike York to reach the 1,000-point mark as the Rangers rallied for a 4-2 victory, their first over the Stars in nearly five years.
A 14-year veteran, Fleury likely would have joined the 1,000-point club last season but missed the final 20 games after entering the substance abuse program sanctioned by the NHL. He reached the milestone with 7:11 left in the second period, picking up the lone assist on York's tying tally.
The diminutive Fleury stripped the puck from defenseman Derian Hatcher at the Dallas blue line and made a shot from the left faceoff circle off Ed Belfour's chest. York got the rebound and flicked it over the fallen goaltender for his second goal of the game and fourth this season.
Sandy McCarthy broke the 2-2 deadlock 2 ½ minutes later. Mark Messier shrugged off defenseman Sami Helenius' check behind the net and muscled the puck in front. It caromed off teammate Andreas Johansson before McCarthy tapped in a shot from the top of the crease for his first goal of the season.
The assist was the 1,135th of Messier's career, moving him into a tie for fourth all-time with former teammate Paul Coffey.
Defenseman Darren Van Impe capped New York's big second period with 2:19 left, making a slap shot from the blue line past a screened Belfour for his first goal since New Year's Day.
Mike Richter stopped 36 shots to backstop the Rangers to their first win over the Stars since Dec. 30, 1996.
Brenden Morrow and Pierre Turgeon scored for Dallas, which completed a 1-2
1 road trip. The Stars have been held to two goals or less eight times in 12 games.