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Rangers 1, Coyotes 1

February 8, 1998

PHOENIX (AP) _ Brian Leetch scored a power-play goal at 8:54 of the second period to lift the New York Rangers to a 1-1 tie with the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

Dallas Drake scored for the Coyotes, who are winless in their last three games overall and have lost three of their last four at home (1-3-0).

Mike Richter made 23 saves for the Rangers to extend his unbeaten streak against the Coyotes to eight games (7-0-1). The Rangers, who tied Colorado for most ties in the NHL at 16, are winless in seven of their last eight games (1-3-4).

The Coyotes had what appeared to be the game-winning goal disallowed with 1:06 remaining. Jeremy Roenick cleared the puck out of the left corner, then skated toward the crease where he collided with Richter. Keith Tkachuk gained control of the loose puck as Richter struggled to get to his feet and shot the puck into the net. But the goal was disallowed because Roenick was laying on his stomach in the crease behind Richter.

For the second straight game, the Coyotes scored first. Cliff Ronning fired a shot high and wide off the glass. As Richter turned to find the rebound, the puck landed at the feet of Drake, who shot it into the open right side of the net.

Leetch tied the game when he redirected a centering pass from Wayne Gretzky past Nikolai Khabibulin.

Khabibulin, who missed Thursday’s loss to Philadelphia with an undisclosed leg injury, returned to make 17 saves.

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