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Rangers Tie Coyotes 1-1

The Olympic break has come at a good time as far as New York Rangers coach Colin Campbell is concerned.

"It's almost like we're going to get to start again," said Campbell, whose Rangers played to a 1-1 tie with the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. "It's almost like we're going to have another chance to get off to a good start."

Dallas Drake scored for the Coyotes, who are winless in their last three games overall and have lost three of their last four at home (1-3-0).

Mike Richter made 23 saves for the Rangers to extend his unbeaten streak against the Coyotes to eight games (7-0-1). The Rangers, who tied Colorado for most ties in the NHL at 16, are winless in seven of their last eight games (1-3-4).

The Coyotes had what appeared to be the game-winning goal disallowed with 1:06 remaining. Jeremy Roenick cleared the puck out of the left corner, then skated toward the crease where he collided with Richter.

Keith Tkachuk gained control of the loose puck as Richter struggled to get to his feet and shot the puck into the net. But the goal was disallowed because Roenick was laying on his stomach in the crease behind Richter.

"He was doing his impression of Dick Butkus," Richter said. "He's a strong player and he goes to the net and creates opportunities. That one happened to be called back."

For the second straight game, the Coyotes scored first. Cliff Ronning fired a shot high and wide off the glass. As Richter turned to find the rebound, the puck landed at the feet of Drake, who shot it into the open right side of the net.

"I didn't see it until it landed on the ice," Drake said. "I thought the puck went over the glass, then all of a sudden it was sitting there. Richter was acting like he didn't know where it went, either."

Leetch tied the game when he redirected a centering pass from Wayne Gretzky past Nikolai Khabibulin.

Phoenix coach Jim Schoenfeld said play had been too physical.

"We have six scoring chances eliminated a night by the rodeo performances on Tkachuk," Schoenfeld said. "Our big horse keeps going and is carrying guys every night. It's not equitable. If they (referees) are looking for him to dive, that's not what he's going to do. But half the times when he goes to the net, he's carrying guys with him."

Khabibulin, who missed Thursday's loss to Philadelphia with an undisclosed leg injury, returned to make 17 saves.

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