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Rangers end six-game skid

Associated Press / February 14, 2011

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Ryan Callahan had two goals and an assist for the Rangers, who broke out of their offensive doldrums and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the battered Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday in New York.

After falling behind, 2-0, only 5:06 in, the Rangers tied it before the first intermission. They busted out in the second period — while recording 16 shots — on goals by Vinny Prospal, Callahan, and Artem Anisimov to build a three-goal lead. That was enough to end New York’s 0-5-1 skid that put the team’s playoff hopes in jeopardy.

New York’s rally was sparked by John Tortorella’s timeout called after Nick Johnson’s second NHL goal put Pittsburgh ahead by two.

Brett Sterling brought Pittsburgh within 5-3 with a power-play goal 5:12 into the third, but the Penguins, who failed to capitalize on a double high-sticking penalty to Michael Sauer later in the period, have lost four of five following a five-game win streak.

Kings 1, Flyers 0 — Jonathan Quick stopped 40 shots and Drew Doughty scored to lead Los Angeles to its first regulation win in Philadelphia in nearly 18 years.

The Kings moved to 4-0-2 on their 10-game road trip, and snapped a three-game winning streak for the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers.

Anze Kopitar assisted on the goal, his 19th point in 23 games.

Islanders 7, Sabres 6 — Michael Grabner capped a three-goal game by scoring with 2:05 left in overtime in leading New York to a win in Buffalo.

John Tavares, Blake Comeau, Milan Jurcina, and Ty Wishart also scored for the Islanders, who won their third straight. Kyle Okposo had four assists for New York, which rallied from a 4-2 second-period deficit.

Drew Stafford scored three times for the Sabres, who had a season-best three-game win streak snapped.

Hurricanes 3, Thrashers 2 — Erik Cole scored with 1:19 remaining as visiting Carolina beat Atlanta to snap a three-game losing streak.

Cole beat Ondrej Pavelec from about 20 feet out for his 16th goal and the Hurricanes got a much-needed victory despite being outshot, 43-17, in the game and, 14-4, in the final period.

Panthers 3, Sharks 2 — Jason Garrison and Chris Higgins scored in the third period as Florida snapped a five-game home skid.

Blue Jackets 2, Stars 1 — Rick Nash scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Steve Mason made 29 saves, and Columbus beat Dallas to match a franchise record with five straight road victories.

Ducks 4, Oilers 0 — Jonas Hiller made 12 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, Bobby Ryan scored twice, and Anaheim finished a perfect four-game road trip with a victory over lowly Edmonton.

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