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Shanahan nets winner for Rangers

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Canadian Press
10/21/2006 10:18:06 PM

TORONTO (CP) - The Mimico Marvel scored one of his most memorable goals Saturday night, and it's not even going to count.

Brendan Shanahan, the leading goal scorer among all active NHL players, scored his eighth of the season and the 606th of his spectacular career, but it was his shootout gem that won't count in the points race that gave the New York Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Five players missed before Shanahan got his turn and the veteran left-winger, who grew up on the city's lakefront in the Mimico neighbourhood, beat Andrew Raycroft with a low wrist shot to the mitt side.

Scoring during regulation time for the Rangers (4-4-0) were Michael Nylander, Jason Ward and Nigel Dawes, with his first NHL goal. Jaromir Jagr had two assists.

A goal by Toronto's Jeff O'Neill with three minutes remaining in regulation had extended things. Matt Stajan set O'Neill up in the circle to the right of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, and the veteran right-winger fired the puck into the top short-side corner of the net to tie it 4-4.

Darcy Tucker played a complete two-way game for Toronto, scoring his team-high sixth and seventh goals and twice toppling Jagr with hard and clean hits. Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Leafs (4-2-3).

The Leafs outshot the Rangers 38-28 through overtime.

On power plays, Toronto was 1-for-5 and New York was 2-for-4.

Mats Sundin, Ponikarovsky and Tucker missed shootout chances, while Jagr and Nylander failed before Shanahan thrilled family and friends who were part of the crowd of 19,400.

Dawes opened the scoring from the circle to the right of Raycroft at 5:16. The five-foot-eight native of Winnipeg was second in the AHL in goals scored (35) by rookies last season. He's the all-time goals scored leader of the WHL's Kootenay Ice, and he helped Canada win world junior gold in 2005.

Tucker tied it with his team-high sixth goal at 11:33. Karel Rachunek flubbed a pass deep in his own zone in serving the puck up to Tucker. The Rangers have been awful in their own zone, and Rachunek has been the worst offender. The Czech defenceman's latest miscue left him with a team-worst plus-minus rating of minus-seven. So far, he's not worth the US$1.8 million he's pulling down.

Ponikarovsky got a breakaway pass from Ian White and, just before he got to Lundqvist, he pulled the puck to his backhand to flip it into the top mitt-side corner of the net for a 2-1 Toronto lead at 17:56.

Shanahan tied it 2-2 with his eighth goal in eight games. With Toronto's Brendan Bell in the penalty box, Jagr passed through the crease and Shanahan's timing was perfect in slamming the puck past Raycroft. The goal moved Shanahan within two of Dino Ciccarelli for 13th place all-time.

Nylander deflected in a Jagr shot to put the Rangers up 3-2 on a power play at 3:28 of the second period with Wade Belak in the box.

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Congrats to Brendan Shanahan. He has had an amazing NHL career. Scoring 600 goals is quite an accomplishment. I was sad to see the former Wing leave Detroit.
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