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Associated Press
12/7/2006 10:03:57 PM


NEW YORK (AP) - Brendan Shanahan scored the tying goal in the third period and then lifted the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins with the only tally in the shootout Thursday night.

After looking lifeless through two periods, the Rangers woke up in the third and erased a 2-0 deficit when Blair Betts scored a short-handed goal and Shanahan followed with a power-play marker less than two minutes later.

Henrik Lundqvist was perfect in the shootout, stopping Evgeni Malkin, Nils Ekman and Sidney Crosby in the tiebreaker, snapping the Rangers' four-game losing streak (0-1-3).

Ekman did beat Lundqvist with a penalty-shot goal in the first period, but couldn't repeat it. Crosby doubled Pittsburgh's lead with a power-play goal in the second, but the Penguins dropped their fourth straight.

New York had only 13 shots through two periods before breaking out with nine in the third and improved to 4-1 in shootouts this season. Lundqvist has stopped all 22 shots he's faced in the tiebreaker.

Betts cut New York's deficit in half at 8:43 of the third period when he deflected Jason Ward's fluttering shot with the shaft of his stick, netting his first goal in 13 games.

Shanahan tied it 90 seconds later, taking Jaromir Jagr's backhanded drop pass and firing a rising shot over Marc-Andre Fleury's glove for his 21st of the season.

Fleury showed that his goalie stick is good for more than just stopping pucks when he combined with Mark Recchi to set up Crosby's 12th goal of the season with 8:27 left in the second period.

The 19-year-old Crosby streaked up ice, eluded Betts and Ward, sliced between defencemen Darius Kasparaitis and Karel Rachunek before putting a shot past Lundqvist for his third power-play goal of the season.

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