NHL: Rangers rally for win
NEW YORK (AP) – Rangers rookie Derek Stepan scored the tying goal late in regulation and Erik Christensen netted the only goal in the shootout as New York rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.
Martin Biron turned aside Lee Stempniak, Radim Vrbata and Eric Belanger in the shootout to make Christensen’s first-round tally stand up.
Jason LaBarbera, a late fill-in for Phoenix, was in line for his third straight win before Stepan tied it with 5:43 left in regulation.
Dan Girardi had a goal and assist, and Brandon Prust scored a short-handed goal for the Rangers, who have won 10 of 14. Biron made 33 saves.
Taylor Pyatt and Adrian Aucoin scored in the opening 6 minutes, and Martin Hanzal added a goal in the second period, but the Coyotes fell to 0-2 on their six-game road trip.
Canadiens 4, Bruins 3
MONTREAL (AP) – Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist and Scott Gomez also had two points as Montreal ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Boston.
Michael Cammalleri scored on a penalty shot 1:04 in. Maxim Lapierre and Brian Gionta also scored and Carey Price stopped 34 shots for the Canadiens, who remained alone in first place in the Northeast Division with 40 points.
Boston’s Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal and an assist. Blake Wheeler also scored and Tim Thomas made 37 saves for the Bruins, who trail the Canadiens by four points.
Hurricanes 3, Thrashers 2, SO
ATLANTA (AP) – Cam Ward stopped 45 shots and Carolina earned its second straight comeback win, beating Atlanta on Sergei Samsonov’s decisive shot in the third round of a shootout.
One night after Ward was pulled after giving up three early goals before Carolina’s comeback for a 4-3 win at Florida, the Hurricanes again played from behind after trailing 2-0 through two periods. This time, Ward remained in net for the win as Brandon Sutter and Eric Staal scored third-period goals.
The Thrashers lost their second straight – both in shootouts – and were stopped in their bid to pull even with Washington for the lead in the tight Southeast Division.
Chris Mason stopped 27 shots for Atlanta. Evander Kane and Anthony Stewart each had a goal and an assist in the second period for the Thrashers.
Islanders 3, Ducks 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – P.A. Parenteau, Blake Comeau and Matt Moulson scored in a 99-second span and New York beat Anaheim to win for only the second time in 22 games.
Rick DiPietro stopped 30 shots for the Islanders, who had lost six straight. DiPietro has both wins for New York during the slide. The other was a 2-0 victory Nov. 26 over the New Jersey Devils.
Joffrey Lupul and Jason Blake scored for the Ducks, who were coming off an overtime win the night before in Washington.
Curtis McElhinney started in net for Anaheim and allowed three goals on 12 shots. Jonas Hiller came on in relief and made 17 saves.
Senators 3, Wild 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Daniel Alfredsson, Nick Foligno and Chris Kelly scored and Ottawa took advantage of a disallowed goal to beat Minnesota.
Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild and had another goal waved off because of too many men on the ice. The goal would have given Minnesota a 2-1 lead midway through the second period.
Instead, Foligno scored 9 seconds later and the Wild never recovered.
Ottawa (14-16-3) had been outscored 24-9 while dropping five of its last six road games. Pascal Leclaire stopped 23 shots to help the Senators win for the third time in their last seven games overall.
Blues 6, Kings 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Alex Steen scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:53 left and St. Louis won its fourth straight against Los Angeles.
Steen scored for the fourth time in five games before David Backes sealed it with a power-play goal into an empty net with 59 seconds to go.
Ty Conklin made 25 saves and improved to 6-1 in his career against Los Angeles.
The Blues rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take a 4-2 lead on goals by Vladimir Sobotka, Brad Winchester and Eric Brewer in the second period.
Sharks 4, Stars 3, OT
DALLAS (AP) – Logan Couture’s power-play goal 1:20 into overtime gave San Jose a victory over Dallas.
The rookie scored his 15th of the season on a shot from the high slot that got past screened goalie Kari Lehtonen.
Devin Setoguchi, activated off injured reserve Wednesday after missing nine games with an upper-body injury, scored twice for the Sharks. Torrey Mitchell also had a goal.
Mike Ribeiro received a double-minor for high-sticking with 49.5 seconds left in regulation after his stick struck Setoguchi in the face, giving the Sharks a power play that extended into overtime.
Brenden Morrow and Loui Eriksson scored power-play goals, and Tom Wandell scored at even strength for the Stars, 9-0-2 in their last 11 at home.
Oilers 6, Blue Jackets 3
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Linus Omark scored his first career goal and added two assists, and fellow rookie Jordan Eberle had a pair of goals for Edmonton.
Dustin Penner, Magnus Paajarvi and Sam Gagner also scored for the Oilers, who snapped a two-game skid to improve to 6-2-1 in their last nine games.
Kristian Huselius scored all three goals for the Blue Jackets, who have lost six in a row and nine of their last 11.
Flames 5, Maple Leafs 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Olli Jokinen had a goal and two assists and the Flames scored three times in 57 seconds to spoil Dion Phaneuf’s return to Calgary.
Ales Kotalik scored his first goal of the season and Miikka Kiprusoff made 17 saves. Alex Tanguay, Rene Bourque and Niklas Hagman also scored for the Flames, who have won consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 24 and Oct. 26. Calgary beat Columbus 3-2 in overtime Monday.
Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Maple Leafs. Jean-Sebastien Giguere gave up four goals on 24 shots and was replaced after two periods by Jonas Gustavsson, who made eight saves in the third.