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Shanahan scores only SO goal to lift Rangers over Leafs

TORONTO (AP) -- Brendan Shanahan is thoroughly enjoying his time
in New York.

Shanahan scored the only goal of the shootout and added his
eighth goal of the season in regulation to lead the Rangers to a
5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Shanahan scored 40 goals for Detroit last season and is off to a
fast start in his first season with New York. The 19-year veteran
entered the game leading the NHL in shots on goal and was tied for
the most goals.

"It's been a lot of fun. I really like the group that we have
in the dressing room. The coaching staff has used me in a variety
of different roles, not just as a goal scorer," Shanahan said.
"It's great to be involved like that."

The 37-year-old scored his 606th career goal. He tied it at 2 on
the power play by banking the puck off Raycroft from the side of
the net with 12 seconds left in the first.

"We were missing a player like Brendan last year -- a guy strong
in front of the net and who could shoot one-timers and score a lot
of goals," New York captain Jaromir Jagr said. "I'm glad we have
him on our team."

Nigel Dawes, Michael Nylander and Jason Ward also scored for the
Rangers, who avoided their fifth loss in six games.

Mats Sundin, Alex Ponikarovsky and Darcy Tucker failed to score
in the shootout before Shanahan beat goalie Andrew Raycroft with a
wrist shot.

New York coach Tom Renney said Shanahan exemplifies the work
habits they're looking for.

"He's not 27. He's 37 and he's smart," Renney said. "His
presence in the dressing room, on the bench and on the ice is
fairly formidable. He's a calming influence in a lot of ways. You
have a strong man in a lot of ways wearing our colors and a lot of
guys appreciate that."

Tucker scored twice, and Alex Ponikarovsky and Jeff O'Neill also
had goals for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four straight to the
Rangers.

O'Neill tied it at 4 with a one-timer at 17:00 of the third.

Five of Toronto's nine games have gone into overtime.

Sundin said they need to work more on the shootout in practice,
but he was pleased with the effort.

"I'm really happy. We shouldn't be discouraged about this
game," Sundin said. "I thought we really worked hard. In the
third period we were the better team and we almost found a way to
win in regulation, but we'll take the point."

Dawes' one-timer went off Raycroft and in at 5:16 of the first,
but Tucker tied it by whacking the puck out of the air and past
goalie Henrik Lundqvist at 11:33 of the first.

Ponikarovsky gave Toronto a 2-1 lead by skating in on a
breakaway and putting a backhander past Lundqvist at 17:56 of the
second.

Shanahan tied it late in the first and Nylander gave New York a
3-2 lead by tipping in Jagr's one-timer on the power play at 3:28
of the second.

Tucker scored his seventh goal of the season on the power-play
goal at 6:04 of the second. Ward netted the go-ahead goal at 8:55
of the second by putting a shot past Raycroft.

Lundqvist made some nice saves in the third to preserve the lead
before O'Neill tied it.

Lundqvist finished with 34 saves.

Game notes
Shanahan has 31 goals and 26 assists in 57 career games
against Toronto. ... New York defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh played his
first game of the season. Ozolinsh had reconstructive surgery on
his left knee in the offseason. ... The Maple Leafs have yet to win
consecutive games this season. ... Toronto didn't have a shot on
goal until 12:50 of the first.