NEW YORK, N.Y. – Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov and David Savard scored in the first 11:10, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Rangers 4-2 on Thursday night, sending New York to its fourth straight loss.
The Rangers, 0-3-1 on its nine-game homestand, closed within 3-2 in the third period, but Ryan Johansen pushed Columbus’ lead back to two goals with 1:32 left.
The Blue Jackets goalie tandem of Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna, who are subbing for injured reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 32 of 34 shots.
Columbus (14-15-3) has won two in a row.
Dominic Moore and defenceman Dan Girardi scored for New York (15-16-1). Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after he stopped only 10 of 13 shots in the first period.
Cam Talbot relieved and made 13 saves the rest of the way, allowing only Johansen’s goal between his pads.
FLYERS 2, CANADIENS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored goals, Steve Mason made 20 saves, and Philadelphia edged Montreal.
Jakub Voracek had two assists, and Giroux also had an assist to help the Flyers snap a three-game losing streak and extend their home winning streak to six games. They were coming off a 2-3-1 trip in which they finished up 0-2-1.
Mason shut the Canadiens out for 59 minutes before Alex Galchenyuk scored with 55.1 seconds left to cut it to 2-1.
The Canadiens have lost two in a row after going 9-0-1. They followed a 6-0 loss at home to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday with another offensive clunker.
SENATORS 2, SABRES 1
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP)—Craig Anderson stopped 40 shots in Ottawa’s win over Buffalo.
Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith scored for the Senators (13-14-6), who have earned at least a point in four straight games.
Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal for the Sabres (7-23-2), and Ryan Miller made 30 saves.
This was the second of back-to-back games between the teams. Buffalo earned a 2-1 shootout victory on Tuesday.
LIGHTNING 2, RED WINGS 1, SO
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Martin St. Louis scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and Tampa Bay beat Detroit.
St. Louis netted the lone shootout goal when he beat Jonas Gustavsson to the stick side. Detroit, which has lost all six of it shootouts this season, failed this time against Ben Bishop.
Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning in regulation. Kyle Quincey had the Red Wings’ only goal of the night.
Quincey put the Red Wings up 1-0 with his first goal in 51 games at 15:04 of the first. The defenceman also snapped a 16-game point drought.
Kucherov tied it with 43.7 seconds remaining in the second.
BLUES 6, MAPLE LEAFS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP)—David Backes scored twice and Jaden Schwartz added a goal and two assists to lead St. Louis over Toronto.
St. Louis has won eight of 11 overall. At 13-2-2, the Blues are tied with Boston, Pittsburgh and Minnesota for most home-ice wins.
Toronto lost its third in a row.
Alexander Steen, Derek Roy and Chris Stewart scored for St. Louis, which has points in its last six games against Toronto. The teams met for the first time since Nov. 10, 2011.
Nazem Kadri, Nikolai Kulemin and James van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs, who got two goals in the final 5 1/2 minutes.
Brian Elliott, appearing in his third successive game, made 19 saves to improve to 6-1-1.
Steen scored his 22nd goal, second in the NHL to Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, who has 26.
PREDATORS 3, STARS 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—David Legwand had a goal and an assist to lead Nashville past Dallas.
Patric Hornqvist and Paul Gaustad also scored for Nashville, which has won two straight. Carter Hutton made 33 saves and improved to 6-3-1 in his second straight start.
Erik Cole had the only goal for Dallas, which has lost three of four.
Nashville closed the first period with power-play goals from Hornqvist and Legwand just 28 seconds apart.
AVALANCHE 4, JETS 3, SO
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP)—Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau scored in the shootout, and Colorado stopped a two-game losing skid by beating Winnipeg.
Duchene also scored twice and added an assist in regulation. Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche (21-9).
Blake Wheeler scored twice, Michael Frolik added another goal, and Grant Clitsome had a pair of assists for Winnipeg (14-4-5).
Duchene gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead with his second of the night, scored with 1.6 seconds left in the second period. But Winnipeg used its fifth power play to tie it at 10:00 of the third period on Wheeler’s second goal.
COYOTES 6, ISLANDERS 3
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Rob Klinkhammer had two goals and an assist, Mikkel Boedker scored two of Phoenix’s four second-period goals, and the Coyotes beat the road-weary New York Islanders to avenge their worst loss of the season.
Two months after a 6-1 road defeat to the Islanders, Phoenix also got goals from Keith Yandle and Mike Ribeiro to snap a three-game home losing streak.
John Tavares netted his 13th goal, and Eric Boulton and Kyle Okposo also scored for the Islanders, who ended a five-game trip with their 11th loss in 12 games.
Mike Smith made 21 saves for Phoenix after missing Tuesday’s win in Colorado due to illness.
Two nights after making 46 saves in a victory over San Jose, Kevin Poulin allowed all six goals on 36 shots.
BRUINS 4, OILERS 2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Jarome Iginla scored a pair of goals, and Eastern Conference-leading Boston held on to defeat West cellar-dwelling Edmonton.
Dennis Seidenberg and Brad Marchand also had goals for the Bruins (22-8-2), who have won four in a row and eight of 10. Backup goalie Chad Johnson made 39 saves.
David Perron netted both goals for the Oilers (11-19-3), who have lost two of three. They dropped to 6-10-2 at home.
FLAMES 2, HURRICANES 1, OT
CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Chris Butler scored at 4:56 of overtime to give Calgary a victory over Carolina.
Brian McGrattan also scored for Calgary, and Paul Byron had two assists, hours after the struggling Flames fired general manager Jay Feaster and assistant John Weisbrod.
Jeff Skinner scored for Carolina, which fell to 0-1-2 on a four-game trip.
Paul Byron crossed the Hurricanes blue line in overtime and curled back patiently before sending a pass across to Butler. The defenceman wristed a shot from 50 feet out that beat a screened Justin Peters.
SHARKS 3, WILD 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Joe Pavelski scored two power-play goals, and San Jose ended a four-game losing streak by beating Minnesota.
Tomas Hertl also scored on the power play for the Sharks, who earned their first regulation victory at home since Nov. 29. Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots to record his 17th victory.
Jonas Brodin scored for the Wild, who lost their fifth straight on the road. Niklas Backstrom made 36 saves. Backstrom fell to 1-9-1 in San Jose, and his 3.68 goals-against-average there is his second worst in any arena.
The Sharks went 3 for 7 on the power play after going 0 for 4 in a 3-1 loss to the Wild on Sunday. They scored four times in their previous 39 power plays.