Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist after missing 19 games with a broken right wrist, helping the Red Wings beat the New York Rangers, 3-2, last night in Detroit.
Brandon Dubinsky scored with 4:05 left to pull the Rangers within a goal. They failed to tie the game despite having a two-man advantage for 44 seconds late in the third and being on the power play to end the game.
Datsyuk’s second-period goal allowed Detroit to avoid getting shut out in three straight games for the first time in franchise history. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard stopped the first 32 shots he faced and finished with 45 saves.
Martin Biron, making his second straight start in place of Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 32 shots for the Rangers.
Detroit snapped out of a scoreless funk by scoring three times after getting blanked in back-to-back games.
The Rangers haven’t won in regulation since beating Toronto Jan. 19 and are mired in their worst slump of the year, going winless in five games.
Maple Leafs 5, Thrashers 4 — Nikolai Kulemin and Tim Brent each scored third-period goals to lead host Toronto.
Dion Phaneuf, Mikhail Grabovski, and Clarke MacArthur also scored for Toronto, which played another high-scoring game against Atlanta. The teams have combined for 30 goals in three meetings this season.
Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Nik Antropov, and Andrew Ladd scored for the Thrashers.
Canucks 4, Senators 2 — Mikael Samuelsson scored his second goal into an empty net and added an assist as Vancouver built an early lead and hung on for a win over visiting Ottawa.
Ryan Kesler had a goal and an assist, Alex Burrows also scored, and Mason Raymond added three assists as Vancouver won its sixth straight game.
Oilers 4, Predators 0 — Rookie Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves for his first career shutout as Edmonton beat host Nashville.
Coyotes 3, Avalanche 0 — Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots for his second straight shutout and Radim Vrbata scored twice to lift host Phoenix.
Flames 3, Blackhawks 1 — Curtis Glencross scored the winner in the third period and Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside 22 shots to lead host Calgary.