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NEW YORK -- With the Pittsburgh Penguins lurking right behind him, the New York Rangers have gotten back to the winning ways that vaulted them to the top of the Eastern Conference. Kory Lichtensteiger Womens Jersey . After seeing a substantial lead whittled to just one point, as the Penguins went on a refuse-to-lose surge, the Rangers appear to have broken out their slump. They still have little room for error, but for now they are keeping Pittsburgh at arms length. Ryan Callahan ripped a shot in off a goal post 2:42 into overtime to lift the Rangers over Detroit 2-1 on Wednesday night, sending the injury-riddled Red Wings to their sixth straight loss. New York has gutted out two consecutive wins after a 2-5 swoon, just as the pressure has increased. The Rangers are 4-2 on a seven-game homestand that will end Friday against Buffalo. "Were starting to get our groove back," Callahan said. "Were starting to play how we want and how we were playing earlier in the year." One game after becoming the first team in the East -- and second overall behind St. Louis -- to secure a playoff spot, the Rangers (46-20-7) didnt rest on their achievement. Any slip-up could turn a No. 1 seed into No. 4 or 5 if Pittsburgh and/or Philadelphia pass them in the Atlantic Division. "Its important," Callahan said of finishing first. "We want to keep our game going, and for us to keep our game going, thats going to be with wins." The Rangers turned up the heat in the extra session and finally got a puck past Ty Conklin, who was recalled from the minor leagues earlier Wednesday because of Detroits injury woes. Callahan fired a shot from the slot for his 27th goal, making the New York captain a winner on his 27th birthday. New York hadnt beaten the Red Wings since Oct. 25, 2003. "It was a good birthday gift," Callahan said. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, and Brad Richards scored in the first period on an end-to-end rush for the Rangers, who lead Pittsburgh by three points. The Penguins have 10 games left, and the Rangers have nine. Henrik Zetterberg gave Detroit an early 1-0 lead, and Conklin made 32 saves, but the Red Wings had to settle for one point. Detroit, 0-4-2 in its last six, moved into sole possession of fourth place in the West, one point ahead of Nashville. "I dont think its frustrating," Red Wings Mike Babcock said. "It would have been the nice to get the second point. We had our opportunities, especially in the last minutes of the game. In the end, we didnt get er done." Zetterbergs goal led to the tossing of an octopus onto the Madison Square Garden ice, but that was the only bit of playoff feeling the Red Wings could enjoy on this night. "We played a good game against a good team," Zetterberg said. "We battled hard all three periods. It wasnt surprising it went to overtime, but it would have been nice to get to a shootout and have a chance there. "There are good things we can take with us. There are still a few issues we have, and we have to work and get better." Detroit was without top defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), forwards Darren Helm (lower body) and Johan Franzen (back), and goalies Joey MacDonald (back) and Jimmy Howard (groin). The lineup might be reinforced Saturday when Detroit hosts Carolina. "We hear that some of the injured are coming back," Babcock said. "Ideally on (Saturday) well have a better looking team. Im not certain of that. Its got to come eventually. Youve got to get some guys back." It wasnt until noon on Wednesday that the Red Wings knew they would have Conklin in goal after calling him up from Grand Rapids of the AHL on an emergency basis. "We were worried. We heard he was in a storm trying to get in here," Zetterberg said. "It was a long day for him. To come in and play like he did was nice to see." Conklin, who has played in 212 NHL games, has been rounding back into form while playing regularly in Grand Rapids instead of sitting on the bench as a backup with Detroit. "Ive been feeling good for a while," he said. "I treated it as just another game. It had been two or three years since I had a chance to play on a regular basis. It helped." The Rangers power play has shown some renewed life lately, and Richards did all the work on it to get New York even at 1. After Lundqvist stopped the puck and left it behind the Rangers net, Richards took it and streaked up the middle of the ice. He weaved his way through the Detroit zone, splitting defencemen Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart -- who flailed at him as he blew past them -- and slid a shot that eluded Conklin with 5:02 left in the first period for his 24th goal of the season. "I just tried to take my ice to see what would happen, if someone would come to me," Richards said. "I got a head of steam and a lot of ice to play on, so I decided to keep going." Richards has been rewarded lately, scoring six goals and adding nine assists in 12 games this month. "Its March, under 10 games left. You want to contribute," said Richards, in his first season with the Rangers. "You want to help your teammates. Thats what we do. "Were starting to feel better the last few games. Its a good time of year to start getting that way." New York got the advantage when Detroit was caught with too many men on the ice. Eight players were out there when the whistle was blown. The Rangers had failed to score a power-play goal in 10 of 12 games before netting one Monday in a victory over New Jersey. The Red Wings struck first, just 3:36 in when Zetterberg fired a shot that appeared to be deflected just before it got past Lundqvist. Zetterbergs 19th goal of the season was his first in six games. NOTES: Lundqvist has two assists this season. ... Conklin beat the Rangers 2-0 in his last start against them, while with St. Louis, on Nov. 7, 2010. ... Zetterbergs goal was his 249th in the NHL, tying him with Peter Forsberg for 11th place among Swedish players. ... Rangers C Artem Anisimov returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a shoulder injury. LW Ruslan Fedotenko sat out. Morgan Moses Jersey . JOHNS, N. Jarvis Jenkins Youth Jersey .S. Cellular Field on Saturday night, hell not only be returning to where his career began.BALTIMORE -- A crazy, back-and-forth duel that began in daylight and ended well after nightfall was decided by a slump-ridden shortstop and a veteran making his season debut. Taylor Teagarden ended his first game with the Baltimore Orioles in stunning fashion, hitting a two-run homer in the 13th inning that sealed an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Teagardens shot off Joaquin Benoit (1-2) followed a solo drive by J.J. Hardy, who snapped an 0-for-28 skid with a drive into the left-field seats. "It was a long time since Ive hit a ball hard," Hardy said. "It felt good." Hardys homer set the table for the game-winner. After Benoit hit Adam Jones with a pitch with two outs, Teagarden homered over the right-field wall to put an end to the game and Detroits six-game winning streak. The Orioles needed 4 hours, 43 minutes to secure their 10th straight extra-inning win. Had the game not gone beyond the ninth inning, Teagarden would not have even played. Activated off the 60-day disabled list before the game, Teagarden entered after starting catcher Matt Wieters left for a pinch runner in the 10th. After striking out in his first at-bat, Teagarden played the heros role in the 13th and was mobbed by his teammates after crossing the plate. "Ive been thinking about this day for a while," he said. "It has been somewhat of a grind for me this year, so just being in this clubhouse and among these guys, it means the world right now." Kevin Gregg (3-2) got the last out in the 13th to get the win. Despite the defeat, Tigers manager Jim Leyland knew he watched something special. "Oh boy, what a game," he said. "It was terrific effort, and just an unbelievable game. That was major league baseball at its best. Two teams going at each other. Both teams coming back. Nobody giving up on either side. It doesnt get any better than that." The Orioles got a run in the 11th after the Tigers scored in the top half, then rallied again in the 13th after Quintin Berry put Detroit ahead 6-5 with a two-out RBI single. Baltimore improved to 35-0 when leading after eight innings, but it sure wasnt easy. Up 4-1 entering the ninth, Baltimore turned to All-Star closer Jim Johnson. Instead, the Tigers scored three runs to hand Johnson his second blown save in 28 opportunities. Miguel Cabrera led off with a single, and with one out Delmon Young reached when third baseman Ryan Flaherty, a defensive replacement, botched a potential game-ending, double-play grounder. Jhonny Peraalta singled in a run and Brennan Boesch hit an RBI double before pinch hitter Alex Avila struck out. Colt McCoy Womens Jersey. Berry followed with a single to left to score the tying run, but Boesch was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Endy Chavez, a defensive replacement whose presence paid off. In the top of the 11th, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young hit successive singles off Miguel Socolovich, who was working a second inning in his major league debut. With two outs and runners on the corners, Avila laced a soft liner to centre off Troy Patton. But Baltimore tied it against Detroit closer Jose Valverde in the bottom half, getting a two-out RBI single from Jones. Robert Andino homered and Nick Markakis hit a career-high three doubles for the Orioles, who snapped a three-game skid. Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen allowed two hits and two walks in six innings and left with a three-run lead, but the bullpen cost the Taiwanese left-hander a chance to end a three-game losing streak. After giving up an RBI double to Fielder in the first inning, Chen retired the next 15 Detroit batters before walking Ramon Santiago with two outs in the sixth. Cabrera followed with a single before Chen concluded his sparkling outing by retiring Fielder on a foul ball to right. Chen outpitched Detroit starter Max Scherzer, who gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings. Detroit got a first-inning run when Austin Jackson drew a leadoff walk and scored on Fielders 20th double of the season. The Orioles used doubles by Markakis and Jim Thome to tie it in the bottom half. Baltimore went up 3-1 in the second when Andino, the No. 9 hitter, connected with a man on. Singles by Jones and Wieters preceded a run-scoring grounder by Chris Davis in the fourth. NOTES: The Orioles unveiled a statue of former pitcher Jim Palmer in the picnic area beyond centre field. Palmer is depicted in mid-motion, with his left leg high in the air and right arm poised to throw. He is the third of the teams six Hall of Fame members to be honoured during the 20th anniversary of Camden Yards. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter says RHP Chris Tillman, who was scheduled to pitch Sunday, experienced back spasms and will instead start Monday in Minnesota. Rookie Miguel Gonzalez will move up a day and start Sunday. Justin Verlander will start for Detroit in the series finale. ... Orioles RHP Jason Hammel (knee) will miss his next start, Showalter said. ... Jackson went 0 for 6, ending his career-high 16-game hitting streak. ' ' '