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Rangers 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)

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NEW YORK -- Defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored in overtime to lift the New York Rangers over the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

McDonagh, who also assisted on the game-tying goal in the third period, poked in a rebound at 1:56 of the extra period.

Phoenix (34-26-12) got a strong effort from goaltender Mike Smith, who stopped 25 shots before leaving in the third period with a leg injury. The 32-year-old Smith was making his 12th straight start for the Coyotes. He was also in the Phoenix net for 15 consecutive games from Feb. 1-March 4.

Smith left the game with 7:34 to play after Rangers center Derick Brassard landed on him in the crease. He was replaced by Thomas Greiss.

The Rangers (40-29-4) picked up two points and remain in second place in the Metropolitan Division, just head of Philadelphia, who they host on Wednesday.

New York defenseman Dan Girardi, not known for his offense, tied the game at 3 at 16:52 when he deflected McDonagh's blast from the right point. It was Girardi's fifth goal and first since Feb. 7. It was also McDonagh's 100th career point.

Phoenix snapped a 2-2 tie in the second period. The puck slid off New York left winger Chris Kreider's stick as he was trying to wrap up the Coyotes center Kyle Chipchura on a counter attack. Chipchura was credited with the goal, his first in 56 games, at 16:51, from defenseman Zbynek Michalek

Brassard tied the game at 2 for the Rangers with his 17th goal of the season at 10:53 of the second period. Brassard scored from the right circle after getting his own rebound. He has four goals in his last four games.

New York center Brad Richards cut the Phoenix lead in half at 2-1, deflecting left winger Carl Hagelin's shot from the high slot at 6:10 of the second period. Richards broke out of an 11-game scoring drought with his 17th of the season.

The Rangers lost the momentum created by honoring their goalie Henrik Lundqvist before the game. Lundqvist became New York's all-time winningest goalie with his 302nd win March 18 at Ottawa and set the franchise mark with his 50th shutout March 22 at New Jersey.

Center Jeff Halpern gave the Coyotes a 2-0 edge at 8:22 of the first period. He received a backhand pass from Chipchura behind the net and one-timed it from the slot for his fifth goal of the season and second in the last four games.

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson rifled a wrist a shot over Lundqvist's left shoulder racing down the right wing untouched. The power play goal at 4:40 of the first period gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead. It was Ekman-Larsson's 13th goal of the season, tying his career-high. The Coyotes own the league's third-best power-play unit, scoring on 20.8 percent of their chances.

New York failed to capitalize on two power-play opportunities in the first period.

NOTES: New York was without D John Moore who suffered a concussion Friday. ... Phoenix LW Lauri Korpikoski was scratched after a puck struck him in the head during the morning skate. ... Coyotes D Keith Yandle is third among NHL defensemen in assists with 43. ... New York RW Martin St. Louis has not scored a goal in 11 games since being traded from Tampa Bay on March 5. ... Phoenix G Mike Smith is first among goalies in games played at 61. ... New York G Henrik Lundqvist is one of six active goalies with at least 300 wins. ... Rangers D Raphael Diaz skated in just his second game since being traded from Vancouver on March 5.

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