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Stars 2, Rangers 2

November 8, 1997

DALLAS (AP) _ Wayne Gretzky’s goal with 7:08 remaining lifted the New York Rangers to a 2-2 tie with the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

The Stars’ defense had limited the Rangers to 12 shots on goal and Dallas seemed headed for its second victory over New York in 11 days before Gretzky jumped on a loose puck in front of the Dallas net that goaltender Ed Belfour had failed to control.

Gretzky sent a backhander past Belfour for his sixth goal of the season and 868th of his career.

The Stars, returning to Reunion Arena following a 3-1-1 road trip, got first-period goals from Benoit Hogue and Jamie Langenbrunner. Former Rangers defenseman Sergei Zubov assisted on both Dallas goals.

Dallas dominated the first period, outshooting New York 10-1 and grabbing a 1-0 lead on Hogue’s power-play goal at 16:25. Hogue slid the rebound of Derian Hatcher’s shot under goaltender Mike Richter for Hogue’s second goal of the season.

The Stars made it 2-0 with 12 seconds left in the first period when Langenbrunner converted Zubov’s centering pass for Langenbrunner’s seventh.

The Rangers went without a shot on goal until there were two minutes left in the first period.

New York cut the deficit to 2-1 after 32 seconds of the second period when Ryan VandenBussche scored his first goal of the season and second of his career from a scramble in front of the net.

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