Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gilmour Scores OT Winner, Lundqvist Stops 50 as Rangers Top Canucks 6-5

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gilmour Scores OT Winner, Lundqvist Stops 50 as Rangers Top Canucks 6-5

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Gilmour scores winner as Rangers beat Canucks

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VANCOUVER - After enduring a long losing streak, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist didn't much care how the New York Rangers won a hockey game.

Lundqvist made a season-high 50 saves but the Rangers still needed John Gilmour's overtime goal to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 6-5 Wednesday night in a wild NHL game.

"It just feels good to win a game, to sit here and smile for once," Lundqvist said. "I am just tired of losing so I don't care how we win it, just as long as we win it."

The win snapped a seven-game New York losing streak (0-6-1). It also came after the struggling Rangers had jettison several of their high-profile players at Monday's NHL trade deadline.

"It doesn't matter what you go through," said Lundqvist. "All the trades . . . was depressing, I got to be honest.

"But we have to move past it now and it's about winning. Winning makes everybody smile and hopefully it can continue."

Gilmour, a rookie defenceman, won the game just 1:22 into overtime when he one-timed a pass from Ryan Spooner. It was Spooner's third assist of the game.

Neither the Canucks (24-32-8) or the Rangers (28-30-6) are likely to make the playoffs but the teams put on a pretty exciting performance.

The Rangers took advantage of a couple of deflected shots to roar out to a 3-0 first period lead. They scored goals 43 second apart with just 2:05 gone in the game. But the Canucks refused to roll over. They outshot New York 55-27 and battled back to tie the score three times.

"We could have mailed it in, packed it in, and called it a night," said Vancouver's Bo Horvat, who had a goal and two assists. "That's not the way of our group.

"We knew we had to pull up our socks and get going again. I thought we did a great job."

Kevin Hayes scored twice for the Rangers. Vladislav Namestnikov, obtained in a multi-player trade from Tampa Bay on Monday, had a goal and an assist. Jimmy Vesey and Mika Zibanejad had the other Ranger goals.

Namestnikov had arrived in Vancouver Tuesday night and barely had time to meet his new teammates. …

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