UNDATED (AP) — New York Rangers coach Alain Vignault (a-LAYN' VEEN'-yoh) elected to start winless Cam Talbot against the rival Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday as the Blueshirts tried to stop a three-game losing streak. The strategy worked as Talbot turned back 31 shots in a 2-0 shutout of the Flyers.

It was Talbot's first victory since another shutout at Edmonton on March 30, a span of six games.

Kevin Klein and Rick Nash had the goals as the Rangers climbed back over .500 with their ninth straight regular-season home win over the Flyers.

Philadelphia is 7-8-2 following its third consecutive loss.

Wednesday's other game had Radim Vrbata (vur-BAH'-tah) scoring twice in the second period of Vancouver's 5-4 win over Edmonton. Ryan Miller handled 28 shots and improved to 11-0 in his career versus the Oilers, the longest active win streak against a single team in the NHL.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis (doo-PWEE') is out at least six months after doctors discovered a blood clot in his lung on Monday.

Dupuis will use blood thinners to treat the condition but is out for the rest of the regular season and possibly beyond. He was successfully treated for a blood clot in January and returned in time for training camp before scoring six goals and 11 points in 16 games.


CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (van REEMZ'-dyk) will be sidelined three to four months after undergoing knee surgery tomorrow. Van Riemsdyk broke his left kneecap when he took a puck off his leg during Sunday's 6-2 victory over Dallas.