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Canadiens ride Ryder in overtime

Michael Ryder struck for the second straight night, wristing home a shot off goaltender Kevin Weekes 2 minutes 10 seconds into overtime to give the visiting Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers last night.

Ryder, who had Montreal's first goal of the game, scored the winner Wednesday with 11.1 seconds remaining in the Canadiens' season-opening 2-1 victory at Boston.

Taking Montreal's only shot of the overtime, Ryder let one go from the right circle that appeared to hit Weekes's stick on the way in. Ryder has three goals this season after missing five exhibition games with a sprained right ankle.

The Rangers salvaged a point when former Harvard star Dominic Moore tied it with 2:36 left in regulation.

Alexander Perezhogin gave the Canadiens a 3-2 lead in the second period with his first NHL goal in his first game. Perezhogin took a lead pass from former Rangers star Alexei Kovalev and scored on a breakaway 6:07 into the middle period. Chris Higgins also scored for Montreal.

Marcel Hossa scored his second goal of the season for the Rangers and Martin Rucinsky added one.

Kings 3, Coyotes 2 -- Alexander Frolov scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the second period, giving host Los Angeles a victory over Phoenix that kept Wayne Gretzky winless as an NHL coach.

The Coyotes had a man advantage for most of the final minute, but didn't score, dropping Gretzky's record to 0-2. The coaching milestone belonged to the Kings' Andy Murray, who became the club's all-time-winningest coach with his 179th win.

Gretzky was still the attraction, though. The sellout crowd of 18,118 cheered loudly when he was shown on the scoreboard late in the second period. He looked up, smiled, and gave a brief wave as the song ''Simply the Best" blared in Staples Center, where his retired No. 99 jersey hangs on the wall. A bronze statue of him stands outside the building, where he never played.

Red Wings 4, Blues 3 -- Robert Lang had a goal and an assist, and Jason Williams had three assists to lead visiting Detroit to a home-and-home sweep of the Blues. Detroit, which beat St. Louis, 5-1, at home Wednesday night, could not have asked for a better opponent to open the season. Since 2002-03, Detroit is 11-1-1 against St. Louis.

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