NEW YORK – Wojtek Wolski scored his first goal as a Ranger, Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and New York beat Vancouver 1-0 on Thursday night to end the Canucks' 17-game unbeaten streak in regulation time.
The NHL-best Canucks (28-9-6) hadn't lost before overtime since Dec. 5. They were 14-0-3 before meeting the Rangers for the only time this season. Lundqvist made a point-blank save on Alexandre Burrows in the closing second to help the Rangers (26-16-3) improve to a season-best 10 games over .500.
Wolski, acquired this week from Phoenix for defenseman Michal Rozsival, knocked in a rebound on the power play at 7:18 of the second period. The left wing pounced a loose puck in a scrum in front of backup goalie Cory Schneider, who lost for the first time in 11 games this season.
Brandon Dubinsky and Marion Gaborik assisted on Wolski's goal as former Ranger Manny Malhotra was in the penalty box.
The Rangers snapped Vancouver's five-game road winning streak as well as a franchise best 10-game undefeated road streak, smothering the Canucks' NHL-best road power play and shutting out the Canucks for just the second time this season. The victory marked only the second win for the Rangers over Vancouver since February 1999. The previous victory came Feb. 2, 2004. The Canucks had won nine of the previous 10 meetings.
It was Lundqvist's six shutout of the season and 30th of his career. He had a career-best 10 shutouts in 2007-08. This was also his first career win against Vancouver. Lundqvist has 196 career victories.
The Canucks, with a league-high 62 points, suffered their last lost in regulation against St. Louis, a 3-2 defeat at home on Dec. 5. The Rangers won for the fourth time in five games since their three-game winning streak snapped was snapped Tuesday at the hands of the Canadiens, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers improved to 11-9-2 at home.
NOTES: Wolski became the 17th Rangers player credited with at least one game-winning goal, most in the NHL this season. ... The Rangers lead the league in one-goal games with a record of 13-3-3. ... The Rangers were never more than six games over .500 last season when they missed the playoffs for first time since 2004.