ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild used a trap defense to frustrate the New York Rangers for 57 minutes.
However, Theo Fleury, Petr Nedved and Brian Leetch scored in a 2:29 span of the second period as the Rangers beat the Wild 3-2 Wednesday night.
"It was a good game," said Wild coach Jacques Lemaire, an authority on the trap. "Besides those three minutes, it was a very good game."
New York 0 3 0 -- 3
Minnesota 0 2 0 -- 2
First Period--None. Penalties--McCarthy, NY (boarding), 3:13; Matte, Min (slashing), 18:49.
Second Period--1, Minnesota, Nurminen 1 (Sutton, Sekeras), 2:18. 2, New York, Fleury 14 (York, Malakhov), 15:25 (sh). 3, New York, Nedved 4 (Hlavac), 17:02. 4, New York, Leetch 5 (Fleury, Malakhov), 17:54. 5, Minnesota, Sekeras 4 (Blouin, Bartos), 18:37. Penalties--Malakhov, NY (slashing), 2:32; Hendrickson, Min (holding), 8:44; Hlavac, NY (hooking), 13:35; Walls, Min (interference), 19:12.
Third Period--None. Penalties--Bombardir, Min (slashing), 5:44; York, NY (holding), 12:22.
Shots on goal--New York 3-11-8--22. Minnesota 5-6-8--19.
Power-play Opportunities--New York 0 of 4; Minnesota 0 of 4.
Goalies--New York, Richter 6-3-0 (19 shots-17 saves). Minnesota, Fernandez 3-5-1 (22-19).
Referees--Bernard DeGrace, Brad Meyer. Linesmen--Brian Mach, Randy Mitton.
Fleury admitted the Rangers, winners of five of six, were lucky to escape with a victory.
"We played right into their hands for half the game," said Fleury, who started the rally with his NHL-leading fourth short-handed goal.
"We turned a lot of pucks over and tried to go right up the middle of the ice, and that's not the style of game we want to play. We were lucky to play only 30 minutes of this hockey game and still win."
Minnesota took a 1-0 lead on Kai Nurminen's first goal 2:18 into the second period. Nurminen, called up from the Wild's IHL affiliate in Cleveland earlier in the day, sent a wrist shot that deflected off a defenseman's stick, off the glove of Rangers goalie Mike Richter and into the net.
The Rangers took control later in the period when Fleury scored at 15:25 to tie it at 1.
With Jan Hlavac in the penalty box and the Rangers on a 2-on-1 break, Mike York took the puck and passed to Fleury, who was left alone in front of the Minnesota net. Fleury tucked the puck behind Manny Fernandez for his team-leading 14th goal.
"He was flying and just got open," York said of Fleury.
New York took a 3-1 lead with a pair of goals in a 52-second span. Nedved beat Fernandez with a backhand shot 1:37 after Fleury's goal. Leetch gave the Rangers a two-goal lead.
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