NHL: N.Y. Rangers 3, Los Angeles 2 (OT)

Dec. 31, 2003 at 2:07 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Defenseman Tom Poti delivered a game-winning goal in overtime Tuesday night as the New York Rangers rallied for a 3-2 won over Los Angeles.

Also, after scoring just 18 times in 78 games last season, 43-year-old Mark Messier has 13 in 35 contests this campaign. He has three goals and three assists in his last six contests and New York is 5-2

1 in its last eight.

Poti, who downplayed trade rumors after also delivering the game-winner against Phoenix on Monday, has goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season. He one-timed the puck past Los Angeles goaltender Cristobal Huet after a pass from Alexei Kovalev and inside the left post for his sixth goal.

The Rangers held Los Angeles to just 17 shots after the first period.

The Kings had a seven-game home unbeaten streak snapped (4

3) and fell to 0-1-4-1 in their last six games overall. They fell to 1-4-5 in overtime this season.

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