Ron Greschner and Chris Kontos scored power play goals last night in New York in a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings that gave Craig Patrick a successful return as Rangers coach.
General Manager Patrick took over behind the Rangers' bench after firing Herb Brooks on Monday. In his previous stint as Rangers coach in 1980-81, Patrick had a 26-23-11 record.
Peter Sundstrom scored a short-handed goal as New York's specialty teams dominated Detroit.
Claude Loiselle got Detroit's only goal off a two-on-one break with Danny Gare 4 1/2 minutes into the game. But Rangers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, a native of Detroit, shut out the Red Wings the rest of the way.
Sundstrom tied the score at 6:09 of the first period with a 25-foot wrist shot into the far corner of the Detroit net while goalie Corrado Micalef was moving the wrong way. That goal came just nine seconds after New York's Reijo Ruotsalainen was penalized for holding.
Greschner put the Rangers on top to stay at 16:11 by backhanding home a rebound of a long slap shot by Grant Ledyard with New York holding a two-man advantage.
Rangers rookie right wing Tomas Sandstrom left the game in the second period and was hospitalized with "wrenched muscles in the back," the team announced.