Artem Anisimov scored the first of three Rangers goals during a 3 1/2-minute span early in the second period, and host New York routed a frustrated Alex Ovechkin and the slumping Washington Capitals, 7-0, last night.
Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in his fifth shutout of the season, and Ryan Callahan scored twice in the third period as the Rangers handed Washington its sixth consecutive defeat.
Mired in a scoring slump, Ovechkin got in a rare fight when he went toe-to-toe with New York’s Brandon Dubinsky in the second period, then left the game in the third after being hit by a shot.
After the two-time NHL MVP threw a hip check on Dan Girardi in the offensive end, Ovechkin skated up ice and dropped his gloves to go at Dubinsky, who landed multiple overhand rights before wrestling Ovechkin to the ice. The Capitals captain was booed every time he touched the puck following the fight.
Marian Gaborik and Dubinsky also scored early in the second to put the Rangers ahead, 4-0. Marc Staal added a shorthanded goal off a 2-on-1 with Brian Boyle at 10:42.
Ducks 6, Wild 2 — Corey Perry scored on a penalty shot while recording his first career hat trick, Ryan Getzlaf had two goals, and Bobby Ryan scored, powering host Anaheim past Minnesota.
It was the third game this season in which each member of the Ducks’ top line scored. Perry and Ryan each added two assists and Getzlaf had one. The combined 11 points is the trio’s best this season.
Minnesota defenseman Brent Burns extended his goal-scoring streak to three games and Marek Zidlicky scored on a power play.
Canucks 2, Oilers 1 — Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist and Vancouver beat Edmonton to earn three straight road wins for the first time in more than a year.
Alex Burrows also scored for the Canucks, who have won six of eight. Daniel Sedin assisted on both Vancouver goals, and Roberto Luongo stopped Magnus Paajarvi on a penalty shot.
Jordan Eberle scored with five seconds left for the Oilers, who have lost two of three but still have five wins in their last seven games.
The Canucks outshot Edmonton, 32-12, with the Oilers registering only one shot in the third period for the second game in a row.