COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves and Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past Carolina 3-0 on Friday night, ending the Hurricanes’ season-best five-game winning streak.
Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four.
Playing his first game in front of the home fans after missing the first 40 games due to shoulder surgery, off-season free-agent acquisition Nathan Horton contributed with a first-period hit that led to Jenner’s goal.
The teams came in separated by five points in the Metropolitan Division, with the Hurricanes tied for fourth and the Blue Jackets in seventh.
Bobrovsky, who picked up his second shutout of the season, was making his first start at home in more than a month. He missed 14 games with a strained groin before winning at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers, 4-3 in a shootout, on Monday night.
CAPITALS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2
WASHINGTON (AP)—Joel Ward scored the go-ahead goal with just over 8 minutes left in the third period, and Alex Ovechkin added a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals edged the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Nicklas Backstrom also scored, and goalie Michal Neuvirth made 32 saves in his first game in seven weeks as the Capitals won on back-to-back nights for the fourth time this year.
It was the fourth straight loss for Toronto after a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Jan. 1 in the Winter Classic, and the Maple Leafs have been outscored 21-7 in the defeats. James Van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel each had a goal and an assist.
RANGERS 3, STARS 2
NEW YORK (AP)—Rick Nash snapped a tie with 1:58 left, and the New York Rangers sent the Dallas Stars to their fifth straight loss.
Nash poked a rebound of Chris Kreider’s shot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen to give New York its first lead of the game.
Ryan Callahan and Derick Brassard both erased one-goal deficits, Brad Richards had two assists, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for the Rangers, who improved to 7-2-1 in their past 10 games.
Ryan Garbutt and Cody Eakin both had a goal and assist, but the Stars remained winless in 2014. Lehtonen stopped 31 shots for Dallas, which went 0-3 on its three-game trip through the New York metropolitan area.
ISLANDERS 2, AVALANCHE 1, OT
DENVER (AP)—Michael Grabner knocked in a shot from the slot at 1:46 of overtime, giving the New York Islanders a win over the Colorado Avalanche.
It was the sixth road win in a row for the Islanders, who forced the overtime when Brock Nelson’s goal early in the third period evened the score.
Brian Strait helped set up the game winner with a pass to Grabner in the Avalanche zone. Goalie Kevin Poulin, who had 30 saves, won his fourth straight decision and improved to 5-1 in his last six games.
Nathan MacKinnon, who leads NHL rookies in points, scored the lone goal for the Avalanche.
OILERS 4, PENGUINS 3, OT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, and added an assist as the Edmonton Oilers came from behind to stun the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Oilers tied it late in regulation and had a power play to start the overtime session. Jordan Eberle made a perfect pass to Nugent-Hopkins, who snapped the puck into a wide-open net 1:01 into extra time.
Taylor Hall and Anton Belov also scored for the Oilers, who won for just the fourth time in 15 games.
James Neal, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang scored for the Penguins, who had their three-game win streak halted. It was just Pittsburgh’s third loss in 15 games.
CANUCKS 2, BLUES 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Mike Santorelli scored the tiebreaking goal in the third and Eddie Lack made 30 saves as the Vancouver Canucks snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over the St. Louis Blues.
Zac Dalpe also scored for Vancouver, which won for the first time in the new year.
Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis, which snapped a seven-game winning streak. Brian Elliott made 20 saves as the Blues failed to pick up at least a point on the road for the first time in nine games.