Rangers outlast Isles, 4-2
By The Associated Press
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) ” Rangers captain Chris Drury scored his first two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Islanders on Monday night in the opening New York-New York matchup of the season.
Drury, who has bounced around between various linemates in coach Tom Renney’s quest to find a trio that clicks, scored from in front 56 seconds in against backup goalie Joey MacDonald.
He added a power-play tally during a long two-man advantage with 7:26 remaining to make it 4-1. Ryan Callahan and Scott Gomez both netted their third goals of the season for the Rangers, who have won three straight and nine of their first 12 (9-2-1).
Kyle Okposo tied it at 1 in the final seconds of the first period, and Mark Streit added a short-handed goal with 1:56 left in the game for the Islanders, who dropped their fourth straight (2-6). The Rangers have the most points in the NHL, while the Islanders have the fewest.
Ducks 3, Blue Jackets 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ” Teemu Selanne scored a power-play goal with 3:55 left, helping the Anaheim Ducks beat the Blue Jackets.
The game was played before 10,494, the smallest NHL crowd ever at Nationwide Arena.
Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who for only the second time in franchise history swept a road trip of four games or longer. After an 0-4-0 start, the Ducks have won five of their last six.
Jean-Sebastian Giguere had 30 saves for Anaheim.
Jiri Novotny and Derrick Brassard gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead through two periods.
Senators 5, Sabres 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ” Jason Spezza had two goals and an assist, and Alex Auld made 25 saves in Ottawa’s victory over the Sabres that snapped the Senators’ four-game losing streak.
The Sabres (6-1-2) came in as the only Eastern Conference team without a regulation loss.
Dany Heatley had a goal and an assist, and Christoph Schubert and Shean Donovan also scored for the Senators (3-5-1), while Daniel Alfredsson added two assists.
Clarke MacArthur and Derek Roy scored, and Patrick Lalime finished with 23 saves for the Sabres.
Wild 3, Blackhawks 2
ST. PAUL, Minn.(AP) ” Mikko Koivu assisted on goals by Andrew Brunette, Antti Miettinen and Brent Burns to lead the Wild over the Blackhawks.
The Wild (6-0-1) are the only NHL team without a regulation loss despite playing the last five games without star Marian Gaborik.
Chicago, which had its seven-game point streak snapped, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Patrick Sharp, but allowed the next three goals and saw its third-period rally fall short.
Koivu has been Minnesota’s best player during its early season streak. The fourth-year Finn leads Minnesota with 13 points and is among the league leaders in assists with 12.
Bruins 1, Oilers 0, OT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) ” Dennis Wideman scored 3:18 into overtime and Tim Thomas made 27 saves, leading the Bruins over the Oilers.
Wideman scored on the power play after Shawn Horcoff went off for hooking midway through the extra period. He beat Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson high to the glove side.
It was Thomas’ eighth career shutout for the Bruins (4-2-3), who won two straight for the first time this season.
Edmonton (4-3-1) has lost four in a row after opening the season with four straight wins. Things won’t get any easier for the Oilers, who open a grueling seven-game road trip Thursday in Nashville.