Even Mike Richter knew the New York Rangers almost did themselves in.
"We tightened up and almost gave it away," he said Tuesday night after the Rangers held on for a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at New York that extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games, their longest in 21 seasons.
Montreal came back after trailing, 5-2, and appeared to tie the score on Gilbert Dionne's shot from the point with 3.2 seconds to play, but a late whistle on an offsides call disallowed it.
The Rangers, on the seventh-longest unbeaten streak in club history, are 11-0-2 since Oct. 22, when they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1. The last time the Rangers went unbeaten this long was a 16-game streak in 1972-73. The club record of 19 was set in 1939-40, when the Rangers last won the Stanley Cup.
Hartford 2, Florida 1--Robert Kron scored at 3:55 of overtime at Miami to give Coach Pierre McGuire his first NHL victory. McGuire, a longtime assistant, lost his first three games after taking over from Paul Holmgren on Nov. 16.
New Jersey 1, Quebec 1--The Devils' Bruce Driver scored on a low shot from the point at 12:38 of the third period to get the tie at Quebec. Jocelyn Thibault, the Nordiques' 18-year-old rookie goaltender, made 33 saves. Martin Brodeur of the Devils, who is 21, had 25 saves.