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NHL: 4 stories from Monday night

12/09/2014 12:19 EST | Updated 02/07/2015 05:59 EST
In an evening devoid of Canadian teams, the Rangers made one dream come true at Madison Square Garden, while a pair of 42-year-old wonders proved they still have what it takes.

Penguins bring out Rangers' best

In the third matchup of the season between the Penguins and Rangers, the pattern of strong play by New York continued as it skated to 4-3 overtime win at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers, who defeated the Penguins in the second round of the playoffs last season, won the first game 5-0 on Nov. 11 before losing a shootout they thought they'd won three days later. 

On Monday in Manhattan the Rangers surrendered a 3-1 lead when they allowed two goals in 24 seconds in the third period, only to win it in overtime.

Kevin Klein, cut earlier by a high stick, connected for the winner at 3:45 of the extra period. After the game, Klein, who had to have part of his ear sewn back on, presented the Rangers' Broadway hat to 15-year-old Chris Falzone, a recovering cancer patient who was signed to a one-day contract by the Rangers as part of the team's Garden of Dreams Week, a fund-raising endeavour.

The Rangers and the Penguins complete their season series in January.

Brodeur backstops Blues win

He began with a loss on the road, then came on in relief to earn a win. Monday Martin Brodeur notched his first victory in St. Louis for the Blues, stopping 32 of 34 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

The 42-year-old is making himself right at home with his new NHL team after his record-setting first career with the New Jersey Devils.

While Brodeur kept the Blues in the game with the team nursing a 2-1 lead into the third period, St. Louis got late scores from Chris Porter, his first of the season, and Paul Stastny, into an empty net to unlock a 2-2 game.

It was St. Louis' 18th win in 28 starts.

Jagr gives 'Canes devil of a time

A seemingly lacklustre Atlantic Division contest between the New Jersey Devils, winners of only two of their last 10, and the last-place Carolina Hurricanes turned into a milestone night in Raleigh, N.C., for the Devils' Jaromir Jagr.

Not only was he playing his 1,500th NHL game, but he scored to tie the game at 1-1, and added an assist on the game winner by Adam Henrique.

The two points vaulted the 42-year-old Jagr past Marcel Dionne into fifth place on the all-time NHL scoring list, bringing his career total to 1,772.

Sens wanted 'old' Paul MacLean

Only 18 months after winning the NHL coach of the year award Paul MacLean apparently changed so much that the Ottawa Senators fired him Monday, replacing him with assistant Dave Cameron.

Ottawa won in overtime Sunday against Vancouver to even their record at 11-11-5 but general manager Bryan Murray wasn't happy with the Senators' play and he wasn't happy that MacLean had changed since he led the team to the playoffs in the shortened 2012-13 season. 

Murray cited the team's turnovers, tendency to give up too many scoring chances and the uneasiness in the dressing room under a tougher MacLean that was rubbing players the wrong way.

Cameron will lead the Senators into play Thursday in Ottawa against the Los Angeles Kings.

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