NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jaroslav Spacek scored the tying goal in the second period before Benoit Pouliot put Montreal ahead for good in the third as the Canadiens beat New York 2-1 on Tuesday night, snapping the Rangers’ three-game winning streak.
Spacek connected for the first time in 29 games with 1:11 left in the middle period after the Canadiens controlled play in the Rangers’ end for about two consecutive minutes. Pouliot scored his second in three games with a tough-angle shot 6:03 into the final period.
New York came out flying early, buoyed by consecutive one-goal wins at Dallas and St. Louis, but couldn’t sustain the momentum after Brandon Dubinsky gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 4:15 in. All-star Henrik Lundqvist was solid in making 36 saves, but likely would want another chance at Pouliot’s winning drive.
Alex Auld, who played in three games with the Rangers last season, stopped 25 shots and earned his third win of the season despite getting into only six games with Montreal.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Carl Gunnarsson scored a tiebreaking goal midway through Toronto’s four-goal third period and the resurgent Maple Leafs gave coach Ron Wilson his 600th career win by beating his former team.
Clarke MacArthur scored twice, Phil Kessel added another goal and James Reimer made 40 saves to help the Maple Leafs win their fourth straight game and just second all season when trailing after two periods.
Patrick Marleau scored twice for the Sharks, who have lost five straight and have a losing record this late in the season for the first time since April 2006. Joe Thornton assisted on both goals to end a five-game pointless streak, his longest drought in 10 years.
Wilson became the seventh coach to reach the 600-win milestone.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Dennis Wideman scored a power-play goal in overtime, helping Florida end a three-game losing streak.
After the Panthers squandered a three-goal lead, Wideman’s wrist shot from the right circle beat Michal Neuvirth on the glove side at 2:51 of overtime. Mike Santorelli, Marty Reasoner and David Booth also scored for Florida, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 30 shots.
Marcus Johansson scored two goals for Washington and Mike Knuble added another. Neuvirth had 37 saves as the Capitals lost for just the third time in 10 games.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Joel Ward had a goal and an assist while Nashville blew open the game with three goals in the third period, leading the Predators to their sixth straight victory.
Nick Spaling scored two goals in the third, and Marcel Goc also added had an unassisted goal in the period. David Legwand scored in the first and Pekka Rinne finished with 25 saves.
The Predators scored so fast in the third they chased Jose Theodore after Spaling’s second goal at 10:39. Theodore had been the NHL’s third star after going 3-1 with a .946 save percentage last week.
Mikko Koivu scored for Minnesota, which now has lost two straight after a four-game winning streak of its own.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Rookie Jeff Skinner scored in the shootout and Cam Ward stopped Calgary cold to lift Carolina to the victory.
Jussi Jokinen had two goals and an assist. Erik Cole, Tuomo Ruutu and Eric Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, who blew a three-goal lead but won their third straight and sixth in eight games.
Jarome Iginla and Niklas Hagman each had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who lost their fourth straight and second ina row in a shootout. Jay Bouwmeester, Curtis Glencross and Rene Bourque also scored and Olli Jokinen had two assists.
The 18-year-old Skinner had the only goal in the shootout when he snapped the puck high past Henrik Karlsson. Ward stopped a wrist shot from Alex Tanguay and a backhand from Ales Kotalek before Hagman sent a wrist shot into his pads to end it.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Derek Morris’s slapshot with 9:16 left went in off goalie Mathieu Garon’s back, leading Phoenix past slumping Columbus.
The Coyotes, who trailed 2-0 and 3-1, also got goals from Radim Vrbata, Vernon Fiddler and Eric Belanger. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 37 shots.
The loss was the fifth in a row for the Blue Jackets, who got goals from Jared Boll, Rostislav Klesla and Kristian Huselius. Fedor Tyutin had two assists and Garon made 24 saves.
Down 3-2 heading into the third, Phoenix tied it on Vrbata’s goal off a nifty setup from Ray Whitney.
The Coyotes improved to 4-12-3 when trailing through two periods. Columbus was 11-0 with a lead and 20 minutes left.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Danny Briere had a goal and three assists against his former team, helping Philadelphia overcome a two-goal deficit.
Ville Leino scored the go-ahead goal 2:17 into the third period by having a rebound go in off his skate after Ryan Miller stopped Briere’s initial shot from the left circle on a 2-on-1 break. Scott Hartnell scored twice, including an empty-netter, and Mike Richards also scored as the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers (27-10-5) won their fourth straight and 12th of their past 16 (12-3-1).
Cody McCormick had a goal and an assist, and Paul Gaustad also scored for Buffalo (18-19-5), which led 2-0 before the first period was 10 minutes old.
UNIONDALE, NY (AP)—Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler scored in a shootout, leading surging Vancouver to the win.
Alex Burrows, Kesler and Kevin Bieksa scored for the Canucks in regulation. Roberto Luongo made 38 saves, helping Vancouver improve to 14-0-3 in its last 17 games. The Canucks (28-8-6) lead the NHL with 62 points.
Jack Hillen, John Taveras and Blake Comeau had goals for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin turned aside 48 shots.
BOSTON (AP)—Patrice Bergeron scored three times for his first career hat trick and Boston’s Tim Thomas earned his sixth shutout of the season.
Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin each had a goal and an assist and David Krejci added a pair of assists for the Bruins, who picked up right where they left off Monday night, when Boston rallied for four goals in the final 3½ minutes of a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh.
Thomas made 31 saves and the Bruins improved to 2-1 this season against the Senators. All three games have been shutouts.
After scoring five goals in a span of three games, the Bruins have 10 in their last two. Five of Tuesday’s got past Brian Elliott, who faced 27 shots in two periods before being pulled.
DALLAS (AP)—James Neal scored the tiebreaking goal moments before getting credit for it and the Dallas Stars beat Edmonton for their first win in six home games since Dec. 21.
Neal took a shot from the right circle that went over the shoulder of goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and bounced out of the net so quickly that play continued until the whistle blew for an apparent penalty. Officials then looked at a video replay and awarded the goal.
Neal’s 16th of the season, with 11:09 left, came soon after the Oilers scored twice in less than two minutes to tie it. Kari Lehtonen stopped the other 39 shots by Edmonton, which is 1-7-2 in its last 10 games.
Jamie Benn scored his third goal in two games for Dallas and captain Brenden Morrow also scored. Jamie Langenbrunner, reacquired last week from New Jersey, played his first home game for the Stars in nearly nine years.
Jean-Francois Jacques and Ryan Jones scored for the Oilers.