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New York, NY (Sports Network) - scored twice and netted the eventual game-winner with less than seven minutes remaining for the Minnesota , who spoiled a special night at Madison Square Garden with 4-3 win over the New York . recorded a goal and an assist for the , while stopped 25 shots in the win, the team's second straight.

scored twice and recorded an assist for the , while added a goal. Still, the lost for the fourth time in five games (1-4-0) and are just 2-8-2 in their last 12.

Prior to the game, the honored former goaltender Mike Richter, whose No. 35 was retired and lifted to the MSG rafters. Richter retired from the NHL in September as a result of post-concussion syndrome.

"I'm leaving with the realization that my time spent here has been nothing short of an amazing gift," Richter said. "It's absolutely overwhelming."

Richter played for 15 years and ranks as the ' all-time leader in regular-season victories (301), appearances (666) and minutes played (38,185), as well as most wins (41) and shutouts (nine) in the post-season. He also was between the pipes for the 1993-94 club, which ended the franchise's 54-year Stanley Cup drought.

The could have used some of Richter's old magic in net, as had a rough night, stopping just 18 of the 22 shots he faced.

"We've got to get better goaltending," New York head coach Glen Sather said. "We're starting to score some goals, but we can't give up those kinds of (bad) goals."

Gaborik's game-winner came with 6:26 left, when Roloson flipped the puck out of the 's defensive zone to Laaksonen, who looked up and found Gaborik streaking toward the net. He hit Gaborik in stride, and Gaborik fired a laser from near the left faceoff circle past Dunham. The tally ended a 14-game goal drought for Gaborik.

"I don't think he is playing better yet, but I think that the goal will bring him to the next level," Minnesota head coach Jacques Lemaire said. "He's young, and when a young player struggles a bit and doesn't score, he starts to worry a lot more than he should."

Just 4:34 into the contest, Minnesota scored when Gaborik sped out of his own defensive zone on the right side of the ice, and carried the puck all the way into the ' offensive zone, crossing toward the middle of the ice. Gaborik took two defensemen with him and dropped a pass to Laaksonen, who rifled a shot past Dunham for the early lead.

The made it a two-goal game on the power play early in the second period, when Zholtok came in on Dunham parallel to net on the glove side, and snapped a shot past the netminder from a bad angle.

But the responded with a goal from Nedved only 1:40 later. Jagr threw a pass to Nedved from near the left boards into the slot, where Nedved spun and put a backhand on Roloson. Roloson stopped the initial shot, but the rebound came right back out to Nedved on the backhand, and he put it past the fallen netminder to make it 2-1.

The goal was just the second in the last 17 games for Nedved.

Jagr took matters into his own hands by scoring the next two goals. At the 11:22 mark of the second, Jagr bulled his way through the defense and snapped a low shot from the low slot just below Roloson's left pad.

Then at the 15:41 mark, Jagr carried into the offensive zone and was given way too much room by the Minnesota defense. He fired a shot from the right circle, then collected the rebound near the high slot, and zipped a shot past Roloson for his 20th goal and the 3-2 lead.

New York's and each recorded two assists in the game.

Zholtok scored the equalizer, his second power-play goal of the evening, 51 seconds into the third. Tic-tac-toe passing from to to Zholtok left Zholtok alone at the left faceoff dot, and he swept a shot past Dunham to make it 3-3.

Richter joined Rod Gilbert (No. 7) and fellow netminder Eddie Giacomin (No. 1) as the only to have their numbers retired.

During his 15 seasons with the Blueshirts, the 5-10, 190-pound Richter posted a career record of 301-258-73 in 666 appearances, along with a 2.89 goals against average, .904 save percentage and 24 shutouts.

In 76 career playoff games, Richter was 41-33, posting a 2.68 goals against average and nine shutouts.

"I played with and against some of the world's best goaltenders and arguably some of the best goaltenders of all-time," said Richter's former teammate Adam Graves. "If I had a choice going into a game where the winner takes all, he would be in the net."

New York center missed his fourth straight game with a concussion, and is out indefinitely. Minnesota forward was forced from the contest late in the third period with an injury.

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