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Associated Press
12/14/2006 11:31:24 PM


DALLAS (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist made a career-high 43 saves while Matt Cullen and Karel Rachunek both scored twice as the New York Rangers earned their season-high fifth straight win with a 5-2 decision over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Lundqvist's brother, Joel, was in the Dallas lineup, making it the third matchup of twins in NHL history. Rich and Ron Sutter were the last to meet up March 14, 1994. Patrik and Peter Sundstrom played against each other 18 times.

Joel Lundqvist was called up from Iowa of the AHL earlier Thursday after Stars centre Mike Modano was placed on injured reserve (hip-groin), retroactive to Dec. 4.

Rachunek scored one short-handed goal and another on a power play for the Rangers, who were outshot 45-20 and had to survive 11 power plays.

Fedor Tyutin added a short-handed, empty-net goal for the Rangers with 1:03 remaining.

Cullen gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead 57 seconds into the second when his centring pass bounced in off the leg of Stars rookie goaltender Mike Smith, who made 15 saves in his sixth NHL start.

Cullen made it 3-1 at 1:44 of the third when his shot from the slot got through Smith's pads, but Philippe Boucher notched a power-play goal a minute later to pull the Stars to within a goal.

Rachunek's power-play goal with 4:03 left extended the Rangers' lead to 4-2.

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