|The Rangers’ Brandon Dubinsky is checked from behind by the Kings’ Drew Doughty in the first period in New York. (Frank Franklin Ii/Associated Press)|
Canadiens spring leak against Oilers
Ales Hemsky scored twice and the Oilers toppled the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, at Edmonton, Alberta last night.
Jordan Eberle and Ryan Jones had third-period goals 15 seconds apart for the Oilers, who have won two straight at home following seven consecutive losses in Edmonton.
Jeff Halpern scored for the Canadiens, who have lost five of six.
The Canadiens have dropped four straight and eight of nine in Edmonton.
Already short of experience on the blue line, Montreal lost James Wisniewski seven minutes into the first as he was hit in the face with Taylor Hall’s shot and did not return.
Rangers 4, Kings 3 — Henrik Lundqvist knocked Anze Kopitar’s shootout shot over the net to earn his 200th NHL win and lift host New York.
The Kings rallied twice in the third period to stretch their streak with at least 1 point to a team record-tying 11 games (8-0-3).
Coyotes 4, Thrashers 3 — Martin Hanzal scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, Keith Yandle had three assists and host Phoenix beat Atlanta for its sixth straight victory.
Phoenix, one victory short of its longest winning streak this season, leads the Pacific Division with 71 points.
Red Wings 6, Lightning 2 — Pavel Datsyuk scored twice, Danny Cleary had a goal and two assists, and visiting Detroit topped Tampa Bay.
Niklas Kronwall, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm also scored for the Red Wings, who have won three in a row and seven of 11.
Sharks 3, Capitals 2 — Dany Heatley and Ryane Clowe scored in the third period to move host San Jose into second place in the tightly packed Pacific Division race.
Joe Pavelski had a shorthanded goal and Antti Niemi made 23 saves for the Sharks, who followed up last week’s 2-0 win at Washington with another one. The Caps have lost four of five, and have five goals in the four losses.
Predators 3, Canucks 1 — Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher scored 49 seconds apart in the second period, and Nashville beat visiting Vancouver for its third victory in four games.
Martin Erat had a goal and an assist, and Fisher’s goal was his first since he was traded to Nashville a week ago.