ATKINSON’S GOALS HELP COLUMBUS RECORD VICTORY
columbus, ohio» Cam Atkinson had two goals and scored in the shootout, helping the Blue Jackets beat the Kings 3-2 on Tuesday for their franchise-record 10th straight victory.
Curtis McElhinney made 44 saves and Sam Gagne scored the decider in the shootout, keeping Columbus unbeaten since Nov. 26.
Jeff Carter scored twice for Los Angeles, including a tying goal 10:16 into the third period. Peter Budaj stopped 25 shots but allowed goals on 2-of-3 shootout attempts.
Sidney Crosby picked up his NHL-leading 22nd goal, Evgeni Malkin added a goal and two assists and the Penguins toppled the Rangers 7-2. Bryan Rust, Phil Kessel, Justin Schultz, Patric Hornqvist and Nick Bonino also scored for the Penguins. … James Neal scored twice in the first period, Juuse Saros stopped 27 shots and the Predators beat the Devils 5-1. Ryan Johansen and Mattias Ekholm each had a goal and an assist, Filip Forsberg also scored and Viktor Arvidsson had three assists for the Predators. … Thomas Greiss stopped 48 shots, Anders Lee scored twice and had an assist, and the Islanders beat the Bruins 4-2. Greiss took a shutout into the third period and held off the Bruins after they pulled to 3-2 on goals by Anton Blidh and Dominic Moore. … Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves in relief of Ben Bishop as the Lightning beat the Red Wings 4-1 in a game where both starting goalies left due to injuries. Bishop was hurt 12 minutes into the first period, going down after kicking out his right leg to make a pad save on Nick Jensen’s shot. The Lightning said Bishop, who skated gingerly to the bench, has a lower-body injury. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard departed with 12:41 remaining in the second. He couldn’t put weight on his right leg following a goalmouth scramble involving Jensen and Tampa Bay’s Erik Condra. … Jaromir Jagr had three assists to pull into a tie for second place on the NHL’s career points list, Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck scored in the shootout, and the Panthers beat the Sabres 4-3. Jagr pulled even with Mark Messier with 1,887 points, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (2,857). … Jeff Petry had a goal and two assists and the Canadiens downed the Ducks 5-1. … David Perron put in a wraparound goal at 1:55 of overtime, lifting the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Stars. … Derick Brassard and Tom Pyatt scored 10 seconds apart during Ottawa’s three-goal second period, and the Senators beat the Blackhawks 4-3.