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Rangers claim Winter Classic

PHILADELPHIA — Henrik Lundqvist stopped Danny Briere's penalty shot with 19 seconds left, Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the New York Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in the Winter Classic on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

Playing on a rink that stretched from first base to third base, the Rangers made the league's fifth Classic event a memorable one to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Mike Rupp scored twice as New York won for the third time this season against Philadelphia.

The NHL surrounded the rink with Christmas trees, fire wood, fake snow, and even trash-can fires. But there was nothing artificial in the elements with snow flurries late in the second period and temperatures that dipped into the 30s, forcing 46,967 fans to bundle up for the big game.

Rookie Brayden Schenn and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers. It was Schenn's first career goal.

While this game meant two points in the standings, like the four other NHL games set for Monday night, it received the kind of hype normally reserved for the Stanley Cup finals. NBC televised the game and HBO had 12 camera crews filming the game and behind-the-scenes action for its "24/7" series.

One of the breakout stars of the show was benched.

Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who signed a nine-year, $51 million contract in June, saw a recent slump send him to the bench. Sergei Bobrovsky got the call from coach Peter Laviolette and failed to hold the early lead built in front of a decidedly orange-and-black crowd.

The Flyers ended the game without star forward Jaromir Jagr, who played only a minute in the second period before leaving the game for good. The Flyers did not say what was wrong with the 39-year-old star. Jagr said after the game he injured his left leg and expected to return soon.

Even with Jagr out, his presence was noted.

Rupp's first goal late in the second came with a salute toward the Flyers' bench — the same move Jagr makes for the home crowd after one of his goals. Rupp smiled as his teammates mobbed him along the boards and the crowd booed his attempt at showing-up Jagr.

Jagr never really got a chance to respond and the Flyers hope whatever is ailing their third-leading points scorer won't keep him out long.

Rupp, who scored the winning goal for New Jersey in Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup finals against Anaheim, delivered another clutch goal on the big stage when his wrister from the circle shot under Bobrovsky's right arm and tied the game at 2.

Richards wasted no time scoring the winner, knocking in a rebound 3:20 later to put the Rangers up 3-2.

Lundqvist outplayed Bobrovsky, stopping 12 shots in the first, and had 34 saves.

Senators 3, Devils 2, OT

At Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson scored his 401st goal on a power play 4 minutes into overtime to give Ottawa a win over New Jersey.

Alfredsson, who scored his 400th in overtime Friday against Calgary, beat Martin Brodeur with 59.4 seconds left in the extra period after David Clarkson was called for hooking 2:58 into overtime.

Ottawa's Erik Condra tied it at 2 with a short-handed goal 13:17 into the third. Jason Spezza scored t 1:21 into the third to spoil Brodeur's bid for his first shutout of the season.

Craig Anderson made 27 saves for Ottawa, which has won three in a row.

Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson scored in the second to put New Jersey up 2-0. The Devils had won two in a row and nine of 12.

Sharks 3, Canucks 2, SO

At Vancouver, British Columbia, Michael Handzus scored the only goal in a shootout to lift San Jose over Vancouver.

Jannik Hansen and Cody Hodgson scored for the Canucks in regulation. Benn Ferriero and Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead midway through the game.

In the shootout, Handzus faked twice and then beat Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on the stick side.

The Sharks won for the first time against Vancouver in three tries this season. The Canucks also beat the Sharks in five games in last season's Western Conference finals.

Oilers 4, Blackhawks 3

At Chicago, Ryan Smyth, Taylor Hall and Andy Sutton scored in the second period and Edmonton bounced back from Daniel Carcillo's nasty hit during a chippy victory over Chicago.

Jordan Eberle had two assists for the Oilers, including a perfect backhand pass to Sutton for the tiebreaking score. Ben Eager added an insurance goal in the third period as Edmonton snapped a three-game slide.

Jonathan Toews, Andrew Brunette and Jimmy Hayes scored for the Blackhawks, who had won 10 of 13.

Avalanche 2, Kings 1, SO

At Los Angeles, Ryan O'Reilly scored the tying goal with 5:43 left in the third period, Milan Hejduk got the only goal in a shootout and Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves to lead surging Colorado over Los Angeles.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, trying for his NHL-leading sixth shutout, finished with 20 saves. He stopped Colorado's first 19 shots before O'Reilly carried the puck into the Kings' zone off a turnover by Kyle Clifford and scored on a 30-foot wrist shot.

Colorado has won eight of its last nine games.