Habs drop Rangers
Malkin scores 3 as Penguins roll
Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist, linemates David Desharnais and Erik Cole also had 3 points each, and the host Montreal Canadiens ended a three-game skid with a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers last night.
Pacioretty opened the scoring 2:39 in and restored Montreal’s one-goal lead at 2-1 with his 15th of the season 3:54 into the second.
Peter Budaj made 28 saves, and Mike Blunden also scored for Montreal, which is 12th in the Eastern Conference and 18 points behind the East-leading Rangers.
Montreal has won six straight against New York at home.
Penguins 6, Lightning 3 - Evgeni Malkin had three goals and two assists, James Neal added two goals and three assists, and both were involved in third-period dustups as Pittsburgh recovered from blowing a 3-0 lead to win in Tampa Bay.
Matt Gilroy, Ryan Malone and Teddy Purcell scored for the Lightning, who have lost seven straight and dropped into last place in the Eastern Conference.
Malkin scored twice in a stretch of 1:49 midway through the third to put the Penguins ahead, 5-3, after the Penguins had squandered a 3-0 edge earlier in the frame. He completed his eighth career hat trick and fifth 5-point game with an empty-net goal with 56 seconds to play.
Malkin and Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier were part of the first of two third-period scrums. Malkin received a roughing penalty, while Lecavalier got a pair of roughing minors and a 10-minute misconduct at 12:11.
Capitals 2, Hurricanes 1 - Dmitry Orlov broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal, and host Washington moved into a tie for the Southeast Division lead with a win against Carolina.
The defenseman, playing in his 25th game, put in the rebound after a shot by Jason Chimera at 1:12 of the third.
Washington, which has won seven straight at home, is 12-9-1 since Dale Hunter replaced Bruce Boudreau as coach.
Alexander Semin also scored for the Capitals, and Tomas Vokoun made 43 saves.
Oilers 2, Kings 1 - Taylor Hall scored at 3:06 of overtime on a power play after a terrific backhand pass from Shawn Horcoff to lift host Edmonton, snapping its five-game losing streak.
Blackhawks 4, Sharks 3 - Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg each had a goal and an assist as Chicago ended visiting San Jose’s eight-game point streak.
Ducks 4, Canucks 2 - Jason Blake scored two goals to lift visiting Anaheim.