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Ducks beat Rangers 2-1 in shootout

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STOCKHOLM (AP) - Bobby Ryan scored the only goal in a shootout Saturday and the Anaheim Ducks offset the spectacular play of New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

The Rangers appeared headed for a loss late in the third period, but Brad Richards scored with just more than two minutes left, his first goal for New York since joining the team from Dallas

Richards' goal came after the Ducks had trouble clearing the puck. Brad McDonagh took control and passed to Richards. He skated up to Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and put the puck over his shoulder, making it 1-1 and forcing overtime.

Andrew Cogliano of the Ducks opened the scoring in the first period, assisted by Andrew Gordon and Devante Smith-Pelly. This was the first point for Smith-Pelly in the NHL after the 19-year-old was drafted by the Ducks in the second round in 2010.

Anaheim will return home with two points after losing to the Buffalo Sabers on Friday in Helsinki. This was the Rangers' second overtime loss in two days - the first a 3-2 defeat against the Los Angeles Kings.

Henrik Lundqvist, a hockey hero in Sweden, kept the Rangers close and rewarded the sellout crowd with an outstanding game in the net. He stopped 27 of 28 shots. The most memorable save came in the second period on an attempt by Ryan, who had been standing alone to the side of Lundqvist when he took a pass from Corey Perry. The crowd applauded wildly and began chanting "Henke! Henke!" - Lundqvist's Swedish name.

Nineteen penalties were called in the game, 12 in the first period alone. The penalties ranged from goalie interference to the rarely seen too many men on the ice - called twice against the Ducks.

The Rangers tried cranking up the offensive pressure in the second period with aggressive forchecking, but they were unable to put the puck past Hiller. Hiller missed 27 games during the second half of last season because of vertigolike symptons.

The Ducks next play at home, facing the San Jose Sharks on Friday. The Rangers will play the Islanders on Long Island on Oct. 15.

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