NEW YORK — Ryan Callahan ripped a shot in off a goal post 2:42 into overtime to lift the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers over Detroit 2-1 on Wednesday night, sending the injury-riddled Red Wings to their sixth loss in a row.
The Rangers turned up the heat in the extra session and finally got a puck past Ty Conklin, who was recalled from the minor leagues earlier Wednesday because of Detroit’s injury woes. Callahan fired a shot from the slot for his 27th goal, making the New York captain a winner on his 27th birthday.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, and Brad Richards scored in the first period for the Rangers, who lead Pittsburgh by three points in the East. Pittsburgh has 10 games left and the Rangers have nine.
The Red Wings were without top defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), forwards Darren Helm (lower body) and Johan Franzen (back), and goalies Joey MacDonald (back) and Jimmy Howard (groin).
SABRES 3, CANADIENS 0
In Buffalo, N.Y., Ryan Miller made 34 saves for a career-high sixth shutout this season and the Sabres continued their late-season push for a playoff spot with a win over Montreal.
Cody Hodgson scored twice and Jason Pominville once to help the Sabres improve to 11-2-4 in their past 17 games and catch the eighth-place Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference standings.
HURRICANES 3, PANTHERS 1
In Raleigh, N.C., Joni Pitkanen had a goal and an assist in his first game in three months, and Carolina snapped Florida’s five-game winning streak.
Eric Staal had his second consecutive two-goal game – giving him a team-leading 23 – and Cam Ward made 30 for the Hurricanes.
BLACKHAWKS 2, CANUCKS 1 (OT)
In Chicago, rookie Andrew Shaw scored 2:42 into overtime to give Chicago a win over Vancouver.
Shaw was credited with deflecting Johnny Oduya’s shot from the slot past Roberto Luongo. Oduya fired from between the circles and took a feed from Dave Bolland on the left boards.
Patrick Kane scored his 20th goal in the second period for Chicago.