GAME: Minnesota Wild (18-20-15-2) at New York Rangers (20-23-7-4).
TIME: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The New York Rangers probably wish former goaltender Mike Richter was still
Instead, the Rangers will have to settle for lifting Richter's No. 35 to the
rafters of Madison Square Garden before New York takes the ice against the
Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.
Richter, 37, spent 14 seasons with the Rangers, helping them win their first
Stanley Cup in 54 years in 1994 before retiring this summer due to
Richter departed with more than a dozen team records, including most
regular-season games in net (666) and minutes played (38,185). Richter's career
record was 301-258-73 and he was the winningest goalie in team history. He had
41 victories and nine shutouts in the playoffs, also team records.
The franchise's only other retired numbers are Rod Gilbert's No. 7 and Eddie
Giacomin's No. 1.
Richter played for the U.S. team that won the silver medal in the 2002
Olympics at Salt Lake City and was backed up by current New York goaltender
Dunham has struggled with a groin injury all season and has just 12 wins and
one shutout in 40 games. He made 27 saves and Brian Leetch had three assists as
the Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the
Vancouver Canucks at the Garden on Monday.
Bobby Holik tallied twice, including the game-winner in the third period, as
New York improved to 2-7-2 in its last 11 games.
Minnesota snapped a five-game winless streak with a 4-0 win over the St.
Louis Blues on Monday. The Wild got a boost from the return of right wing
Marian Gaborik (hip flexor) and defenseman Brad Bombardir (strained left hip)
All-Star goalie Dwayne Roloson made 24 saves to earn his third shutout of
the season for Minnesota. Wes Walz scored twice and Sergei Zholtok and Pascal
Dupuis each had a goal.
It was a much-needed win for the Wild, who are in 11th place in the Western
Conference after making an improbable run to the Western Conference finals last