Nash, Ve­sey rally Rangers to win over Hur­ri­canes

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Jimmy Ve­sey scored the tiebreak­ing power-play goal with 5:12 re­main­ing to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 vic­tory over the Carolina Hur­ri­canes on Tues­day night. Rick Nash had a goal and an as­sist, Nick Holden also scored and Hen­rik Lundqvist stopped 19 shots to help the Rangers snap a four-game skid at home (0-3-1). Hur­ri­canes de­fense­man Ron Hain­sey re­ceived a dou­ble-mi­nor for hook­ing and an un­sports­man­like mis­con­duct with 6:47 to go and Ve­sey took ad­van­tage 95 sec­onds later for his eight goal of the sea­son and first since Nov. 12. Vik­tor Stal­berg scored twice in the first pe­riod in his re­turn to New York for the first time since leav­ing the Rangers to sign with Carolina in the off­sea­son. Cam Ward fin­ished with 25 saves as the Hur­ri­canes lost for the third time in four games.


Jack Eichel had a goal and an as­sist in his sea­son de­but as Buf­falo beat Ot­tawa. Ryan O’Reilly scored twice for the Sabres, while Kyle Ok­poso and Sam Rein­hart also scored. Robin Lehner started and gave up one goal on six shots be­fore leav­ing late in the first pe­riod. An­ders Nils­son re­placed him and stopped 26 shots. Mike Hoffman had three goals and an as­sist for the Sen­a­tors, and Mark Stone also scored in his 200th NHL game. Craig An­der­son, mak­ing his sixth straight start, made 23 saves. Eichel had missed the first 21 games af­ter sprain­ing his left an­kle ahead of the Sabres’ sea­son opener.


Richard Panik and Artemi Pa­narin scored in a shootout, and Chicago beat Florida in the Pan­thers’ first game since Tom Rowe took over as in­terim coach. Panik also scored in reg­u­la­tion and Corey Craw­ford made 38 saves in Chicago’s first home game in 16 days. The Black­hawks went 3-3-1 on their 12-day cir­cus trip. Pa­narin beat Roberto Luongo with a slick back­hand in the sec­ond round of the shootout. Af­ter Alek­sander Barkov was stopped by Craw­ford at the other end, Panik con­verted his chance with a well -placed wrist shot past Luongo on the glove side. Florida re­turned to the ice for the first time since coach Ger­ard Gal­lant was fired af­ter a 3-2 loss at Carolina on Sun­day night. Jaromir Jagr scored in the third pe­riod and Luongo made 32 saves, but the Pan­thers lost for the third time in four games.


Shayne Gostis­be­here scored in the ninth round of a shootout to lift Philadelphia past Bos­ton. Steve Ma­son made 45 saves through over­time, and de­fense­man Michael Del Zotto and cen­ter Claude Giroux scored in reg­u­la­tion for the Fly­ers, who won their sec­ond straight. David Kre­jci and Brad Marc­hand had the goals for the Bru­ins, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Tuukka Rask turned aside 19 shots and seven of nine shoot­ers in the tiebreaker. Both goalies were out­stand­ing in over­time. Ma­son snatched a shot by Kre­jci with about 30 sec­onds re­main­ing, and Rask slid to his right to stop Giroux’s one-timer.


Mark Scheifele and Pa­trik Laine each scored his 13th goal of the sea­son to help Win­nipeg beat New Jer­sey. Blake Wheeler had the other goal for the Jets, and Scheifele added an as­sist. Con­nor Helle­buyck made 23 saves in his fifth straight start for Win­nipeg. Devils rookie Miles Wood, with his first NHL goal, and Nick Lap­pin scored for New Jer­sey. Cory Sch­nei­der stopped 26 shots for the Devils, who had earned at least a point in their pre­vi­ous three games (1-0-2). Win­nipeg has won five straight at home.


An­thony Man­tha scored the go-ahead goal mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod and Detroit beat Dal­las. Petr Mrazek stopped 34 shots for the Red Wings, who are 3-0-1 in their last four games for their best stretch in more than a month. Kari Le­hto­nen made 17 saves for the Stars. He was pulled for an ex­tra skater with more than 2 min­utes left, and the Red Wings took ad­van­tage when Steve Ott scored an empty-net goal to make it 3 -1 with 1:03 re­main­ing. Dal­las, play­ing the sec­ond of back-to-back games on the road, has dropped two straight and won just three of its last nine over­all.


Josh An­der­son had a goal and two as­sists, Sergei Bo­brovsky stopped 26 shots and Colum­bus cruised past Tampa Bay. Scott Hart­nell had a goal and an as­sist, and William Karls­son, Alexan­der Wennberg and Sam Gag­ner also scored as the Blue Jack­ets beat the Light­ning for the sec­ond time in five days. Colum­bus is 8-1-1 in its last 10 home games. Colum­bus played sharp de­fense, kept the puck in Tampa Bay’s end and cre­ated plenty of good looks and qual­ity shots. An­drei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves, and Valt­teri Filp­pula scored for the Light­ning with less than 3 min­utes left to spoil the shutout.


Ryan Jo­hansen and Austin Wat­son each had a goal and an as­sist to lead Nashville past Colorado. Vik­tor Arvids­son, Mike Fisher and Kevin Fiala also scored, and Ro­man Josi had two as­sists for the Preda­tors. Pekka Rinne stopped 37 shots, im­prov­ing to 17-7-2 in his ca­reer against the Avalanche. He also fin­ished the month 9-1-2. Jo­hansen and Wat­son scored in the first 2:42 of the third pe­riod to put Nashville up 5-2. The Preda­tors have won eight of 11. Mikko Ran­ta­nen and Rene Bourque each had a goal and an as­sist, and Mikhail Grig­orenko also scored for Colorado, which has started a fiveg­ame home­s­tand 0-2-1.


Aus­ton Matthews scored his 10th goal of the sea­son as the Toronto beat Ed­mon­ton for the Maple Leafs’ sec­ond road win of the sea­son. James van Riems­dyk, Nazem Kadri and Zach Hy­man also scored for Toronto, which has won two straight. Fred­erik An­der­sen stopped 28 shots. Con­nor McDavid and An­drej Sek­era scored for the Oil­ers, who have lost three in a row. Cam Tal­bot gave up four goals on 14 shots over the first two pe­ri­ods, and Jonas Gus­tavs­son stopped all nine shots he faced in the third. Matthews got the Maple Leafs on the score­board at 5:45 of the first, and van Riems­dyk made it 2-0 less than 3 min­utes into the sec­ond. Af­ter Sek­era pulled Ed­mon­ton within one, Kadri re­stored the two-goal lead at 6:00. Hy­man ex­tended Toronto’s lead to 4-1 with just over 3 min­utes re­main­ing in the mid­dle pe­riod.


Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 19 sec­onds into over­time and San Jose wrapped up a suc­cess­ful home­s­tand with a vic­tory over Ari­zona. Chris Tier­ney also scored and Martin Jones made 18 saves. San Jose won four of five games on the home­s­tand and im­proved to 8-3 over­all at the Shark Tank this sea­son. Max Domi scored the lone goal for the Coy­otes, who lost their fifth straight in San Jose. Mike Smith made 40 saves but had no chance on Burns’ one-timer in over­time. Martin Han­zal was called for high-stick­ing Melker Karls­son with 0.3 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion and the Sharks did not take long to cap­i­tal­ize in the ex­tra pe­riod. San Jose set up quickly in the of­fen­sive zone and Joe Pavel­ski fed Burns at the top of the face­off cir­cle for the big shot that beat Smith for his ninth goal of the sea­son.


John Gib­son made 39 saves and Ana­heim got goals from Richard Rakell and de­fense­man Cam Fowler to beat NHL-lead­ing Mon­treal. Andrew Shaw scored with 2 min­utes left and Carey Price stopped 36 shots for the Cana­di­ens (16-5-2). Strug­gling just a few days ago, the Ducks (11-8-4) sud­denly look like a dif­fer­ent team. They had lost three con­sec­u­tive games be­fore win­ning Fri­day at San Jose, the de­fend­ing Western Con­fer­ence cham­pion. Gib­son was stel­lar in net, fend­ing off his first 38 shots be­fore Mon­treal, hav­ing pulled its goalie, got a late score from Shaw.


Sven Baertschi scored his sec­ond of the night with 2:35 left in reg­u­la­tion as Van­cou­ver beat Min­nesota. Bran­don Sut­ter and Ben Hut­ton each had a goal and an as­sist, and Loui Eriks­son also scored for Van­cou­ver. Hen­rik Sedin and Troy Stecher had two as­sists each and Ryan Miller stopped 38 shots. Ryan Suter scored the ty­ing goal late in the third for Min­nesota. Ja­son Pom­inville had two goals, Ja­son Zucker added a goal and an as­sist, and Nino Nieder­re­iter had two as­sists. Darcy Kuem­per got the start with De­van Dub­nyk given the night off and fin­ished with 30 saves. Baertschi, who has strug­gled to re­dis­cover his scor­ing touch that emerged to­ward the end of last sea­son, tipped Stecher’s point shot to cap a crazy third pe­riod that saw the teams com­bine for five goals. — AP

NEW YORK: Hen­rik Lundqvist #30 and Ryan McDon­agh #27 of the New York Rangers block the net late in the third pe­riod as Derek Ryan #33 of the Carolina Hur­ri­canes takes the shot at Madi­son Square Gar­den on Tues­day in New York City. The Rangers de­feated the Hur­ri­canes 2-1. — AFP

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