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NHL ROUNDUP : Rangers Cool Off Devils, 3-1

From Associated Press

Brian Leetch scored twice and Mike Richter extended his unbeaten streak to 14 games as the New York Rangers won the battle of two of the NHL’s hottest teams with a 3-1 decision over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night at East Rutherford, N.J.

Richter (12-0-2) made 26 saves as the Rangers won for the 14th time in 17 games (14-1-2) and handed New Jersey only its sixth loss in 23 (15-6-2). The Rangers also beat the Devils, 4-1, in a game at Halifax, Canada, on Oct. 31.

“We played a pretty good game defensively, got great goaltending from Mike Richter, and Brian Leetch controlled the game like Bobby Orr and Denis Potvin did,” Mark Messier of the Rangers said. “He was all over the ice, defensively, offensively. Those two guys were just outstanding.”

Boston 5, Quebec 2--Bryan Smolinski scored two goals and defenseman Ray Bourque had three assists at Quebec City as the Bruins ended the Nordiques’ five-game unbeaten streak.

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New York Islanders 6, Washington 4--Travis Green got his first career hat trick and Derek King scored twice for the Islanders at Uniondale, N.Y.

Dallas 2, Calgary 2--Ulf Dahlen scored at 10:16 of the third period to give the Stars the tie at Calgary.


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