Tough guys hit the net for Rangers
Colton Orr and Ryan Hollweg snapped career-high scoring droughts as the Rangers used some unexpected offense to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-0, last night at New York, breaking a four-game losing streak.
Orr hadn't scored in 65 games, Hollweg in 84. Hollweg hadn't even had a point in his last 53 games.
Sean Avery, in his first home game since being acquired from Los Angeles, netted his first goal with New York, and Marcel Hossa and Jaromir Jagr also scored as the Rangers earned a much-needed victory.
Almost forgotten was Henrik Lundqvist, who made 29 saves for his second shutout this season and fourth in his two-year career. New York, in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, moved within five points of the Lightning, who had a four-game winning streak ended. Johan Holmqvist allowed four goals on 16 shots.
Oilers 2, Blackhawks 1 -- Shawn Horcoff had a goal and an assist to help host Edmonton beat Chicago.
The Oilers have won four of their last six to move ahead of Colorado for ninth place in the Western Conference, six points out of a playoff spot. Chicago had a two-game winning streak snapped. The Blackhawks had won four of their last five games after losing 10 in a row.
Raffi Torres scored the Oilers' other goal, and Dwayne Roloson made 32 saves, allowing only Martin Havlat's third-period goal.
The Rangers acquired forward Pascal Dupuis from the Minnesota Wild for forward Adam Hall. Dupuis, a left wing, had 10 goals and three assists in 48 games this season. Hall, 26, had four goals and eight assists in 49 games and was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's loss at New Jersey . . . Sabres left wing Paul Gaustad will miss at least tonight's game against Calgary because of a deep gash across his left ankle.