Rookie Ulf Dahlen scored two goals, and Walt Poddubny added a goal and two assists to help the New York Rangers extend their unbeaten streak to six games Monday with a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues in New York .
The Rangers' streak (5-0-1) is their longest since a 2-0-4 run last October. They are 9-0-1 at New York against St. Louis in their last 10 meetings. After a 4-0-3 road streak, the Blues have lost their last two road games.
Second-period goals by Poddubny, Jan Erixon and Dahlen gave the Rangers a 5-1 advantage. At 4:37, Poddubny scored his team-leading 25th goal for a 3-1 lead, holding a rebound long enough to fake goaltender Greg Millen to the ice.
Erixon scored at 10:39 on a rebound of Don Maloney's shot after defenseman Charlie Bourgeois failed to clear the puck. New York stretched the lead to 5-1 on a power-play goal by Dahlen at 15:50.
Dahlen struck again at 8:21 of the third to increase the margin to 6-1. Defenseman Michel Petit shot from the right point, and Dahlen deflected the shot for his 10th goal of the season.
A fluke goal by Paul Cyr gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the first period. Cyr fired a the puck off the right-wing boards on a power play, and, when Millen moved behind the net, the puck caromed in for Cyr's first New York goal, at 11:22.
Tony McKegney scored off a backhand to give the Blues a 1-0 lead, and Brian Mullen pulled New York even 55 seconds later.
St. Louis' Tim Bothwell closed the scoring with 19 seconds left.
Gretzky, the league's MVP the past eight seasons, missed his second consecutive game due to a sprained right knee. It was the 10th game Gretzky has missed during his NHL career.
The tie moved Boston, unbeaten in its last four games (2-0-2), within two points of the first-place Montreal Canadiens in the Adams Division. The Oilers climbed within two points of the first-place Calgary Flames in the Smythe Division.
Vancouver 7, Toronto 7-- Russ Courtnall scored an unassisted goal with 2:16 remaining to cap an eight-goal third period and give the Maple Leafs a tie at home.
Courtnall picked up a loose puck near the Canuck blue line and forced overtime when he beat goaltender Kirk McLean with a high wrist shot from 15 feet.