Rangers score early and of­ten, beat Blues 6-3

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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

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