Mar. 14, 1962 - The New York Rangers strengthened their chances for the fourth and last Stanley Cup playoff spot by beating the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, tonight in an NHL game at Madison Square Garden. The action-packed game, before 15,326, saw Captain Andy Bathgate of the Rangers hit on a penalty shot at 9:03 of the last period to break a 2-2 tie and Gordie Howe (pictured) of the Wings score the 500th goal of his career in the second period. The Rangers thus broke a fourth-place tie against the club they had to beat and moved 2 points ahead in the standings. Bathgate, the star right wing and league scoring leader, made his 26th and 27th goals of the season in one of the finest performances of his career. Howe and Bathgate received standing ovations.