Rangers score early and often, beat Blues 6-3
NEW YORK: Right winger Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists to lead the red-hot New York Rangers to a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. It was the seventh successive win for the Rangers. Leading 4-3 after two periods, the Rangers cashed in on their first power play of the game as defenseman Ryan McDonagh put a slap shot through a screen set up by left winger Rick Nash at 2:44 of the third period to get his second goal of the season. Defenseman Dan Girardi added an empty-netter with 1:34 left in the third to put the finishing touches on the Rangers win.
Avalanche 3, Bruins 2 Matt Duchene scored his sixth goal in the last five games midway through the third period to help the Colorado Avalanche erase a two-goal deficit and earn a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Avalanche center finished off a pass from Mikhail Grigorenko at 6:39 of the final period after Ben Street forced a costly turnover from Bruins defenseman Kevin Miller.
Wild 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT) Jason Zucker scored his second goal of the game with 1:10 remaining in overtime as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 32 at PNC Arena. Zucker broke free along the right side and got the puck past Carolina goalie Cam Ward.
Capitals 5, Flyers 2 The Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 at Wells Fargo Center. Trailing 2-1 in the second period, the Capitals (11-4-0) scored three goals-two from Jason Chimera-to seize control and secure their fifth win in the last seven games.
Senators 3, Canucks 2 Goaltender Andrew Hammond made 33 saves as the Ottawa Senators snapped out of a two-game losing streak by beating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 at Canadian Tire Centre. Erik Karlsson led the Senators with a goal and an assist, while Bobby Ryan and Chris Wideman had the other Ottawa goals. Sven Baertschi and Alex Edler scored for the Canucks.
Sabres 3, Panthers 2 The Buffalo Sabres, who had lost eight straight games against Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, snapped that streak by prevailing 3-2 at the BB&T Center. The Sabres (8-8-0) got their first win against Luongo since 2010 and passed the Panthers (6-7-3) in the Atlantic Division standings.
Lightning 3, Flames 1 Late goals by Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson helped Tampa Bay earn a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames at Amalie Arena. The Lightning (88-2) ended a three-game home losing streak and helped goalie Ben Bishop end a five-game losing streak. He allowed two goals or fewer in each of the five losses.
Maple Leafs 2, Predators 1 Center Peter Holland scored the only shootout goal for either team as Toronto edged the Nashville Predators 2-1 after five rounds of a shootout. Goaltender James Reimer came up with 21 saves for the Maple Leafs, while goalie Pekka Rinne collected 22 for the Predators.
Devils 3, Blackhawks 2 Left winger Sergey Kalinin scored the defining goal in the third period, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Right winger Kyle Palmieri and center Adam Henrique also scored for New Jersey, who earned their ninth win in the past 12 games.
Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane and left winger Artemi Panarin scored for Chicago. Devils goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 27 of 29 shots, while Chicago’s Corey Crawford turned aside 19 of 22.
Stars 6, Jets 3 Goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 of 38 shots as the Dallas Stars beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-3. Left winger Jamie Benn gave Dallas the lead with 5:55 remaining in regulation when he knocked a rebound off the far post and in after Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec denied the initial slap shot from center Tyler Seguin. Dallas scored twice into an empty net in the final 75 seconds. Right winger Blake Wheeler and defensemen Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers scored for Winnipeg.
Coyotes 4, Oilers 1 Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, right winger Shane Doan, defenseman Stefan Elliott and left winger Max Domi scored for Arizona, who won their third successive game behind 27 saves from goalie Mike Smith. Left winger Taylor Hall scored for the Oilers, who got 17 saves from Anders Nilsson.
Kings 2, Islanders 1 A fluke goal off New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk in the second period gave the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory at Staples Center.
Kings winger Milan Lucic was credited with the goal at 3:28 of the second, lifting Los Angeles (10-6) to their 10th win in 13 games. Goaltender Jhonas Enroth stopped 31 of 32 shots for the Kings. Enroth, the backup to Jonathan Quick, is unbeaten in three starts this season. — Reuters
NASHVILLE: Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) dives for the puck as he chases it with Toronto Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov (47), of Estonia, in the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Nashville, Tenn. — AP