For four months, the New York Rangers couldn't lose at home. Now, they can't win.
Their club-tying 24-game home unbeaten streak just a memory, the Rangers were handed their third straight loss at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, 3-1 by the Boston Bruins."It was a pretty even game, but it's not the way we expect to play at home," Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch said. "We're missing, I think, a little bit of an edge that we had earlier."
They're also missing Mark Messier, who's out with a shoulder injury suffered in Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to Washington. Messier is the Rangers' leading scorer with 41 goals.
"We knew they don't lose very often in this building," said Bruins goaltender Bill Ranford, who stopped 39 shots. "They're a different club without Messier, but we knew it would still be tough."
Ray Bourque and Rick Tocchet scored goals 2:35 apart in the second period to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Steve Heinze also scored for Boston with 4:31 remaining in the third period as the Rangers dropped their third straight at home for the first time since last April.
Oilers 4, Whalers 4
In Hartford, Paul Ranheim scored his second goal of the game and Andrew Cassels also scored in the third period to give the Whalers a tie with Edmonton.
Sabres 3, Senators 2, OT
Derek Plante scored with 23 records remaining in overtime to lift Buffalo at Ottawa.
Flyers 4, Stars 4
In Dallas, Eric Lindros scored his 40th and 41st goals and Craig MacTavish tied the game with 7:00 to play as Philadelphia rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to tie the Stars.
Jets 4, Maple Leafs 3
At Winnipeg, Ed Olczyk scored twice and the Jets overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat Toronto.
Lightning 5, Kings 1
Brian Bradley and Chris Gratton scored second-period goals as Tampa won at Los Angeles in the Kings' first game without Wayne Gretzky.
Mighty Ducks 5, Canadiens 2
Paul Kariya had two goals and an assist and Bobby Dollas scored a short-handed goal as Anaheim completed a two-game sweep of visiting Montreal.