NEW YORK, N.Y. – Marian Gaborik scored his first three goals of the season, and the New York Rangers beat the Edmonton Oilers 8-2 on Sunday to spoil the return of former coach Tom Renney.
The game turned ugly with 8:42 left after a fight between New York’s Sean Avery and Edmonton’s Ladislav Smid. As Avery was being ushered toward the tunnel next to the benches, Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney yelled at him. Theo Peckham joined the fray and was cut off by Rangers forward Brian Boyle. Those two fought after Peckham was blocked from going into the tunnel, and New York’s Brandon Prust took on Zack Stortini.
Gaborik, playing in his fifth game, added an assist as the Rangers won their second straight at home and sent the Oilers to their fourth consecutive loss (0-3-1) and sixth in seven games (1-5-1).
Alex Frolov scored twice, and Boyle, Artem Anisimov and Ruslan Fedotenko added goals for New York.
Ryan Jones and Shawn Horcoff scored for Edmonton. Renney, in his first season as the Oilers’ coach, was back at Madison Square Garden for the first time since being fired by the Rangers in February 2009.
CHICAGO (AP)—Viktor Stalberg scored at 4:32 of overtime for Chicago to end Anaheim’s winning streak at six games.
Stalberg redirected Duncan Keith’s shot past Jonas Hiller for his sixth goal and second in two nights.
Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each had a power-play goal and an assist to help the Blackhawks snap a three-game slide. Corey Perry had two goals for the Ducks, who were trying to match the franchise record for consecutive wins.
The Blackhawks got a much-needed boost in their final home date before the first of two six-game trips this season, this time clearing out for the annual circus run. The reigning Stanley Cup champions also snapped a four-game home losing streak.
WASHINGTON (AP)—John Erskine scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:49 remaining to help Washington beat Atlanta for its sixth straight home victory.
Trailing a rush into the Thrashers’ zone, Erskine used a slap shot from the left point to convert a drop pass from David Steckel, beating Ondrej Pavelec to cap a sloppy, goal-filled game.
Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and Steckel had a goal and an assist each for the Capitals. Alexander Semin and Matt Hendricks also scored for Washington. Bryan Little led Atlanta with two goals. Andrew Ladd had a goal and an assist, and Rich Peverley also scored for the Thrashers.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Cal Clutterbuck and Antti Miettinen scored on the power play during a three-goal first period, and Niklas Backstrom made 37 saves for Minnesota.
John Madden and Eric Nystrom also scored, and Martin Havlat had three assists, giving him 13 assists and 22 points in 18 games against Tampa Bay.
Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who have lost three in a row and six of seven. Steven Stamkos had an assist, but saw his four-game goal streak end. Stamkos, who has 15 goals and 13 points, has a point in 15 of 17 games this season.