|The celebrating started early for the Rangers, who gather to honor Martin Gaborik (right) for his go-ahead goal in the first period. (matt slocum/Associated Press)|
Rangers turn on the power
NY gets 7th straight victory over Flyers
Everything seems to go right for the New York Rangers when they play the Flyers, even their anemic power play.
Ryan Callahan scored three goals yesterday as the visiting Rangers beat Philadelphia, 5-2, for their seventh straight win over the Flyers.
Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov also had goals for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who broke out of their power-play funk and improved to 5-0 against the Flyers this season.
It was a rare display on special teams that catapulted the Rangers to their second victory over Philadelphia in seven days. New York had a season-high three goals on the power play.
New York increased its lead to 6 points over the Flyers in the Atlantic Division with two games in hand.
The Rangers entered with the NHL’s fourth-worst power-play unit, converting just 13.4 percent of their chances. They failed to score on their first man-advantage, but then got going when Callahan scored in the first period. New York capitalized on three straight opportunities with the man advantage.
Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds had Philadelphia’s goals. The Flyers have lost four of five.
Henrik Lundqvist had 31 saves in another outstanding effort against a team that can’t seem to beat him. The Flyers’ top line of Giroux, Jaromir Jagr, and Scott Hartnell has combined for two goals against Lundqvist this season.
The Rangers, who earned a playoff berth on the final day of the regular season last year and lost to Washington in the first round, have a comfortable grip on first place in the conference, with a 5-point lead over the Bruins. New York hosts Washington today and travels to play the Bruins Tuesday.
Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 0 - Carey Price turned aside 32 shots for his 16th career shutout as Montreal sent host Toronto to its third straight loss.
Erik Cole, Rene Bourque, Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller, and Mathieu Darche scored goals for the Canadiens. The Maple Leafs absorbed their worst loss since being beaten, by the Bruins, 7-0, Nov. 5.
Lightning 2, Sabres 1 - Steven Stamkos had a goal and assist, and resurgent Tampa Bay beat host Buffalo for its seventh win in 10 games.
Mathieu Garon made 26 saves, and Steve Downie also scored during the Lightning’s two-goal second period. Tampa Bay is on a 7-1-2 roll and has earned at least a point in four straight road games.
Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres in a game in which they came out flat while playing their third game in four nights.
Penguins 8, Jets 5 - Evgeni Malkin added to his NHL-leading point total, scoring his 30th goal and dishing out four assists as host Pittsburgh’s top line combined for three goals and 11 points in the win.
Chris Kunitz had a goal and three assists, and James Neal scored his 29th goal and added an assist as Pittsburgh roared back from an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Jets for the 10th straight time at home.
Kris Letang scored twice and had an assist for the Penguins. Richard Park notched his 100th career NHL goal, and Jordan Staal scored in his first game after missing more than a month with a left knee injury.
Blues 3, Avalanche 2 -Carlo Colaiacovo scored 3:18 into overtime as St. Louis beat visiting Colorado.
David Perron had two goals and an assist, and T.J. Oshie had two assists as the Blues improved to 15-0-3 in their last 18 at home. Shane O’Brien and Erik Johnson scored for the Avalanche.
Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 0 - Mike Smith stopped 38 shots for his third shutout this season as host Phoenix beat Chicago.
Radim Vrbata, Boyd Gordon, and Kyle Chipchura scored for the Coyotes, who won their fifth straight to pull within 3 points of Chicago in the Western Conference standings.
Oilers 4, Senators 3 - Taylor Hall scored 17 seconds into overtime as visiting Edmonton handed Ottawa its eighth loss in nine games (1-7-1).
Hall backhanded a rebound past Craig Anderson for his 19th goal as the Oilers improved to 5-2-1 in their last eight games. Edmonton’s Sam Gagner had his point streak stopped at five games and 15 points.
Panthers 3, Devils 1 - Scott Clemmensen stopped 27 shots as visiting Florida beat New Jersey.
Sean Bergenheim, Kris Versteeg, and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Panthers, who stretched their Southeast Division-lead over Washington to 2 points.
Flames 3, Canucks 2 - Jarome Iginla scored the shootout winner and host Calgary earned an important two points with a victory over Vancouver.
The shootout was tied through two rounds, with Olli Jokinen scoring for Calgary and Alex Burrows replying for Vancouver, which set the stage for Iginla - the Flames’ captain and all-time leading scorer.
Blue Jackets 3, Wild 1 - R.J. Umberger scored two goals, one on a power play with 21 seconds left in the second period to send visiting Columbus over Minnesota.
Defenseman James Wisniewski had an empty-net goal in the final minute and added an assist in his first time back from a 17-game absence because of an ankle injury.
Islanders 2, Kings 1 - Defenseman Mark Streit backhanded the puck past Los Angeles All-Star Jonathan Quick at 1:36 of overtime to lift host New York.