Canucks 3, Rangers 0
NEW YORK (AP) _ Kevin Weekes extended the New York Rangers’ shutout streak to three games, stopping 19 shots to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-0 victory on Sunday night.
Peter Schaefer scored twice for the Canucks and assisted on Mark Messier’s empty-net goal with 8.5 seconds left that tied Mario Lemieux for sixth place on the all-time goal list with 613.
Vancouver swept the season series with New York after beating the Rangers 2-1 on Oct. 2. Vancouver is 2-1-2 on its current six-game road trip, which finishes in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Mike Richter stopped 24 shots for the Rangers, who have lost four straight, including three in a row at Madison Square Garden. Richter has given up five goals in those three home losses, but the Rangers scored only once.
The Rangers have not scored for 214:31. The last time the Rangers were shut out three games in a row was in the 1928-29 season when they lost three straight road games.
New York’s power play, ranked last in the NHL, continued to slump. With four more misses against the Canucks, the Rangers are 4-for-55 on their power play.
The Rangers had a good chance to score 4:40 into the game, but John MacLean missed an open net.
The Canucks scored at 16:50 while killing a penalty. Schaefer completed a 2-on-1 with Harry York, beating Richter with a high shot.
New York had only one shot in over 15 minutes of play in the scoreless second period and wound up with four overall.
The Rangers had an opportunity to tie the game at 6:53 of the final period, but Weekes made a rising glove save on Theoren Fleury, who was all alone in front.
Schaefer gave Vancouver breathing room at 14:35 when he put a wrist shot past Richter on a give-and-go with York.