NEW YORK, N.Y. – Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Callahan added his first since returning from a broken thumb as the New York Rangers matched a season high in goals with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh had won four straight and defeated New York eight times in nine meetings, but Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan scored 1:05 apart late in the first period to put the Rangers ahead. Boyle and Callahan connected within a 2:28 span of the second to send New York to its fourth win in five games.
Derick Brassard made it 5-1 at 9:57 of the third, and Brad Richards had two assists for New York, which completed a 3-1 homestand. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves.
Kris Letang’s power-play goal pulled the Penguins to 3-1 with 5:26 left in the second, but Callahan’s fourth of the season—in his second game back in the lineup—restored the Rangers’ three-goal lead 1:04 later.
Marc-Andre Fleury, who sat out Pittsburgh’s 3-0 win at Columbus on Saturday, stopped 20 shots.
DUCKS 5, COYOTES 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Hampus Lindholm scored his first NHL goal, Corey Perry got the tiebreaking goal right before the second-period buzzer, and Anaheim stayed atop the league standings with a victory over Phoenix.
Ryan Getzlaf, Lindholm and Cam Fowler each had a goal and an assist in Anaheim’s triumphant return from a 5-2-1 road trip. With their sixth win in seven games, the Ducks (13-3-1) lead the NHL with 27 points.
Perry tipped home Lindholm’s shot during a delayed penalty with 1.1 seconds left in the period, and Fowler provided a cushion with the second power-play goal of the night for the Ducks, whose NHL-worst power play had scored just four times all season.
Shane Doan scored and Michael Stone added a power-play goal for the Coyotes, who had won five straight.
Jonas Hiller made 24 saves for the Ducks, perfect in six home games this season. Andrew Cogliano added an empty-net goal with 1:02 to play.
PREDATORS 6, AVALANCHE 4
DENVER (AP)—Colin Wilson had two goals and two assists and Viktor Stalberg added a goal and an assist in Nashville’s victory over Colorado.
Craig Smith and Paul Gaustad also scored for the Predators, who stopped Colorado’s six-game winning streak. Carter Hutton made 11 third-period saves to preserve the win, and Gabriel Bourque scored into an empty net.
Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists for Colorado (12-2-0), which fell one win short of NHL history. The Avalanche were attempting to set a franchise record and match the 2007-08 Ottawa Senators for the best 14-game start in league history.
Paul Stastny, Ryan O’Reilly and P.A. Parenteau also scored for Colorado. Semyon Varlamov had 22 saves while allowing a season high in goals.
BLACKHAWKS 4, JETS 1
CHICAGO (AP)—Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the first period to lead Chicago over Winnipeg.
The Blackhawks also got goals from Brandon Pirri and Patrick Sharp in their fourth win in five games. Corey Crawford made 24 saves and defenceman Duncan Keith had two assists.
Devin Setoguchi scored his third goal for the Jets in the third period of his 400th career game. Al Montoya had 24 stops in his second career game in his native Chicago.
It was the Blackhawks’ second convincing victory over the Jets in five days. Chicago won 5-1 in Winnipeg on Saturday.