Rangers win sixth straight
Dan Girardi and Brandon Dubinsky scored nine seconds apart midway through the third period and the Rangers went on to rout the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, last night at New York for their sixth straight win.
Girardi snapped a wrist shot from the top of the right circle past goalie Cam Ward, off a cross-ice pass from Brad Richards at 10:47. The power-play goal, with Eric Staal in the penalty box for high-sticking Girardi, snapped a 1-1 tie.
Dubinsky scored his first goal of the season off the ensuing faceoff.
The Hurricanes (5-8-3) lost their fourth straight and for the fifth time in six games.
Alexei Ponikarovsky scored Carolina’s lone goal at 16:22 of the second.
Penguins 3, Stars 1 - James Neal scored two power-play goals against the team that traded him nine months ago to lead host Pittsburgh.
Neal netted his 10th and 11th goals of the season to pull within one of the NHL lead, and Matt Cooke scored on a penalty shot in the third period as Pittsburgh won for the seventh time in nine games.
Eric Nystrom had a goal in his fifth consecutive game for Dallas, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Capitals 3, Devils 1 - Jason Chimera scored a shorthanded goal 2:27 into the third period and Marcus Johansson added an insurance tally eight minutes later, leading Washington at Newark.
Red Wings 3, Oilers 0 - Jimmy Howard made 24 saves, and Drew Miller, Niklas Kronwall, and Valtteri Filppula scored for host Detroit. Northwest Division-leading Edmonton has lost three of four.
Sabres 5, Senators 1 - Jhonas Enroth made 36 saves, and Derek Roy had a goal and two assists for host Buffalo.
Matt Ellis, Jordan Leopold, Luke Adam, and Ville Leino also scored for the Sabres (10-5), who won their fourth straight. .
Ducks 4, Canucks 3 - Corey Perry and Andrew Cogliano scored during a five-minute power play in host Anaheim’s four-goal second period, and survived Vancouver’s furious three-goal third period to snap a six-game skid.
Blackhawks 4, Flames 1 - Ray Emery made 24 saves, and Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Viktor Stalberg, and Patrick Kane scored to lead host Chicago.