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Nikolai Zherdev has a goal and an assist in Rangers' 2-1 win @NHL

NEW YORK - Nikolai Zherdev had a goal and an assist, and the New York Rangers moved into a sixth-place tie in the Eastern Conference by defeating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Zherdev gave New York its seventh straight 1-0 lead when he beat the first-period clock and then helped set up Scott Gomez's second-period tally that snapped a tie and sent the Rangers (39-27-8) to their eighth win in 11 games.

They're tied with Pittsburgh, five points ahead of ninth-place Florida, with eight games remaining.

Henrik Lundqvist, who took the 2-1 loss to Ottawa on Sunday, bounced back with a relatively easy effort against the defensive-minded Wild.

New York outshot Minnesota 30-19.

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