Anisi­mov leads Black­hawks to 2-1 win over Rangers

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Artem Anisi­mov scored the tiebreak­ing goal late in the sec­ond pe­riod to lead the Chicago Black­hawks over the New York Rangers 2-1 on Tues­day night. Trevor van Riems­dyk also scored as the Cen­tral Divi­sion lead­ers im­proved to 3-0-1 in their last four games. Scott Dar­ling stopped 33 shots, up­ping his record to 7-2-2. Artemi Pa­narin had two as­sists and Anisi­mov had one as Chicago got even with New York fol­low­ing a 1-0 over­time loss at home to the Rangers last Fri­day. Jes­per Fast scored for the Rangers and Antti Raanta, start­ing for the fourth straight game, made 24 saves. Raanta had won three con­sec­u­tive starts, in­clud­ing shutouts in the last two. New York had won four of its last five. Black­hawks captain Jonathan Toews was ac­ti­vated from in­jured re­serve ear­lier in the day af­ter miss­ing nine games with an up­per-body in­jury.


Matt Niska­nen scored two goals in the third pe­riod to lift Wash­ing­ton over New York for its fifth straight vic­tory. Brett Connolly and Justin Wil­liams also scored for the Cap­i­tals (18-7-3). Fol­low­ing a five-game win­ning streak, the Is­lan­ders have dropped their last two. New York’s 11-12-5 record is the worst in the Metropoli­tan Divi­sion. Brock Nelson and Niko­lay Kulemin scored for the Is­lan­ders, and Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves.


Justin Faulk scored the go-ahead goal 5:56 into the third pe­riod and Carolina ral­lied from three goals down to beat Van­cou­ver. Jeff Skin­ner had two goals, with his sec­ond start­ing Carolina’s wild come­back. The Hur­ri­canes scored six goals in the third - in­clud­ing four in a 4:40 span - to erase a 5-2 deficit. Ron Hain­sey and Vic­tor Rask scored 24 sec­onds apart be­fore Faulk put Carolina back up with a wrist shot that clicked off Nikita Tryamkin on its way past Ryan Miller. Jor­dan Staal added an in­sur­ance goal with 7:22 left, and Bran­don Sut­ter made it 7-6 with 5:50 to play be­fore Lee Stemp­niak scored an empty-net­ter with 57.6 sec­onds re­main­ing. Sven Baertschi had two goals and an as­sist for the Canucks. Baertschi, Alexan­dre Bur­rows, Markus Gran­lund and Ben Hut­ton all scored dur­ing Van­cou­ver’s four-goal sec­ond pe­riod. Se­bas­tian Aho scored an early goal for Carolina and Michael Leighton made 13 saves in re­lief of Cam Ward, who stopped 15 shots. Miller made 24 saves but was pulled af­ter Faulk’s goal in fa­vor of Ja­cob Mark­strom.


Jack Eichel scored two goals in 2:08 of the sec­ond pe­riod and as­sisted on an­other to lead Buf­falo past Los Angeles. Ryan O’Reilly and Brian Gionta also scored for the Sabres dur­ing a four-goal flurry in a 6:13 span of the sec­ond. Eichel set up Evan­der Kane for an in­sur­ance goal late in the third and Sam Rein­hart scored into an empty net in the fi­nal minute. Kyle Ok­poso as­sisted on three of Buf­falo’s goals, giv­ing him 11 points in his last 10 games and a team-high 21 points this sea­son. Ok­poso played af­ter miss­ing Mon­day’s prac­tice due to Colum­bus 3, Ed­mon­ton 1; Dal­las 6, Ana­heim 2; Nashville 6, St. Louis 3; Min­nesota 5, Florida 1; San Jose 3, Toronto 2 (SO); Ari­zona 4, Detroit 1; Buf­falo 6, Los Angeles 3; Wash­ing­ton 4, NY Is­lan­ders 2; Chicago 2, NY Rangers 1; Carolina 8, Van­cou­ver 6. Chicago Min­nesota St. Louis Nashville Dal­las Win­nipeg Colorado

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ill­ness. Robin Lehner made 13 of his 30 saves in the third pe­riod and won for just the sec­ond time in his last 11 starts. Jeff Carter scored twice for the Kings, and Anze Ko­pi­tar had the other goal. Peter Bu­daj made 16 saves be­fore be­ing re­placed by Jeff Zatkoff in the sec­ond pe­riod. The Kings have lost three of four and have not won in Buf­falo since Feb. 21, 2003.

Sam Gag­ner had a goal and an as­sist, and Colum­bus won its sev­enth straight game by beat­ing Ed­mon­ton. Cam Atkin­son and Matt Calvert also scored to help the Blue Jack­ets (18-5-4) im­prove to 8-0-1 in their last nine games. Tyler Pitlick had the goal for the Oil­ers (15-12-5), who have lost five of six.

Dan Hamhuis opened Dal­las’ five-goal third pe­riod against Ana­heim with his first of the sea­son on his 34th birth­day. Hamhuis tipped in Jamie Benn’s cross-ice pass on the power play at 5:41, ty­ing it at 2. Adam Crack­nell, Pa­trick Eaves and Benn then scored to drive Ducks goalie John Gib­son from the game at 12:24. Radek Faksa added an empty-net­ter at 13:57. Dal­las had lost six of eight. Ana­heim was 6-1-1 in its pre­vi­ous eight. Antti Niemi made 34 saves to im­prove to 6-1-1 at home this sea­son. Ryan Get­zlaf and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks.

De­van Dub­nyk made 29 saves and Min­nesota de­feated Florida for its fifth straight vic­tory. Zach Parise, Erik Haula, Eric Staal, Mikko Koivu and Ja­son Zucker scored for Min­nesota, which has points in 10 of its last 11 games. Zucker added an as­sist, and Ja­son Pom­inville and Jonas Brodin each had two as­sists for the Wild. Roberto Luongo’s re­gret­table his­tory in Min­nesota continued as he stopped 12 of 17 shots be­fore be­ing pulled

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mid­way through the third pe­riod. Luongo is 07 and has been pulled in four of his last seven games at the Xcel En­ergy Cen­ter. Dylan McIl­rath scored his first goal of the sea­son for the Pan­thers, who have one win in their past six games. Dubynk is 7-0-2 in his last nine games and leads the NHL in goals-against av­er­age and save per­cent­age.

Mike Fisher scored twice and Nashville erased a three-goal deficit to beat St. Louis. James Neal, Filip Fors­berg, Ryan Jo­hansen and Mike Ribeiro also scored for the Preda­tors, who snapped a two-game skid. Af­ter trail­ing 3-0 early in the sec­ond pe­riod, Nashville scored six straight goals to earn its 10th home vic­tory of the sea­son. Fisher got the go-ahead goal off a pass from Colin Wil­son at 9:02 of the third pe­riod. Kevin Shat­tenkirk, Ryan Reaves and Brad Hunt scored for St. Louis, which has lost three of four.


Lo­gan Cou­ture scored the only goal in a shootout, and San Jose ral­lied to beat Toronto. The Sharks trailed 2-0 be­fore Justin Braun and Joe Pavel­ski scored in a quick burst in the third pe­riod. Martin Jones made 29 saves in the opener of a four-game road trip. Zach Hy­man and Aus­ton Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped five of six. Fred­erik An­der­sen made 40 stops. Jones de­nied Mitchell Marner, Matthews and Nikita Sosh­nikov in the tiebreaker, and Cou­ture was suc­cess­ful in the sec­ond round.

Jamie McGinn scored twice in Ari­zona’s vic­tory over Detroit. Law­son Crouse and de­fense­man Anthony DeAn­gelo also scored for Ari­zona. Peter Hol­land had two as­sists in his Coy­otes de­but, and Mike Smith made 37 saves. An­dreas Athana­siou scored for the Red Wings, and Jimmy Howard stopped 15 shots. —AP

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