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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Brad Richards' go-ahead goal with 4:55 remaining snapped a tie and sent the New York Rangers to their seventh straight victory, 4-2 over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Richards broke a 2-2 tie, and Ryan Callahan added an empty-net goal in the final second for the Rangers, who are on their longest winning streak since October 2009 when they also won seven in a row.

The Islanders (4-8-3) returned home from a three-game road trip and lost for the fifth time in six outings.

Sean Avery and defenceman Steve Eminger also scored for the Rangers (10-3-3). Frans Nielsen and Matt Moulson both netted tying goals, but the Islanders weren't able to nudge in front.


PITTSBURGH (AP)—James Neal had a goal and two assists as the Penguins rallied past Colorado.

Jordan Staal, Evgeni Malkin, Brooks Orpik, Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang also scored for the Penguins, who scored four times in the third period against goalie Semyon Varlamov to overcome an early 3-1 deficit.

Neal's power-play goal, his 12th tally of the season, in the third gave him at least one goal in each of Pittsburgh's eight home games this season.

Marc-Andre Fleury shook off a rocky first period to finish with 24 saves.

Jay McClement, Matt Duchene and David Jones all scored first-period goals for the Avalanche, who lost to an Eastern Conference team for the first time this season.


BOSTON (AP)—Benoit Pouliot scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:01 left in the third period to lift the Bruins over New Jersey and send the defending Stanley Cup champions to their sixth consecutive win.

Brad Marchand scored for the third straight game, and Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots for Boston, which has climbed out of last place in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have scored 34 goals in six games.

Nick Palmieri scored twice for the Devils, who had won four of five, and David Clarkson added a goal. Johan Hedberg made 33 saves.

Chris Kelly and Shawn Thornton also scored for the Bruins.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Cal Clutterbuck scored in the third period and Minnesota rallied to beat the Blue Jackets.

Matt Cullen scored on the power play for his team-leading eighth goal, and Nick Johnson and Devin Setoguchi also scored for Minnesota, which went 3-2 on its road trip.

Niklas Backstrom stopped a season-high 43 shots for the Wild (10-5-3), who are off to one of the best starts in franchise history.

Antoine Vermette broke out of a slump with a short-handed goal, and Mark Letestu scored on the power play in the first period for Columbus (3-13-1), which has an NHL-low seven points.

Steve Mason made 20 saves for the Blue Jackets.


TORONTO (AP)—Patrick O'Sullivan and Radim Vrbata scored shootout goals, and Phoenix overcame the Maple Leafs' furious rally.

Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in regulation for Phoenix (9-4-3).

Mike Komisarek and Phil Kessel had goals in the third period for the Maple Leafs (10-6-2), who have dropped four straight home games.

Toronto is 3-4-1 since a 7-1-2 start. The Maple Leafs also have injury concerns after Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur both left the game.


ST. LOUIS (AP)—Alex Steen scored unassisted for the go-ahead goal in the second period, and the Blues held Detroit to single-digit shots in all three periods of its one-goal victory.

Matt D'Agostini added a power-play goal for the Blues, who ended the Red Wings' four-game winning streak and halted goalie Jimmy Howard's five-game winning streak against St. Louis. Detroit was 0 for 6 on the power play and is 0 for 16 the last three games. They are 2 for 24 on road advantages.

Howard made 35 saves in his first loss against the Blues since a 4-3 shootout defeat on Feb.9, 2010, and Drew Miller scored the game's first goal. Detroit totalled 22 shots, but only four in the third.

The Blues are 3-0-1 since Ken Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne as coach.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Colin Wilson scored with 24.3 seconds remaining and Pekka Rinne made 39 saves to lift the Predators over Washington.

In the final minute, Martin Erat carried the puck below the goal-line, pulling Washington goalie Tomas Vokoun with him. Erat calmly slid the puck to Wilson, who scored his fourth of the season into an open net.

After two scoreless periods, Washington's Troy Brouwer opened the scoring with a wrist shot from the high slot that sailed over Rinne's right shoulder with 4:46 left.

Just 28 seconds later, Erat tied it with a tap-in from the left post off a cross-crease feed from Nashville captain Shea Weber.

Weber made it 3-1 with an empty-net goal just seconds after Wilson scored.


DALLAS (AP)—Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss each had a goal and two assists, and Scott Clemmensen made 25 saves for the shutout to lead Florida over the Stars.

Defencemen Dmitry Kulikov and Jason Garrison added first-period goals, and Tomas Fleischmann and Evgeny Dadonov also scored.

Weiss skated in his 574th game for the Panthers, breaking a tie with Robert Svehla and moving into second place on the franchise list behind current Dallas Stars forward Radek Dvorak's 613 games.

The Stars, coming off consecutive losses at Pittsburgh and Detroit, had been 6-1 at home. Dallas opened a stretch of five of six games at home.


CALGARY—Craig Anderson made 38 saves, and Bobby Butler scored his first two goals of the season in Ottawa's victory over the Flames.

Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Ottawa (9-9-1).

Anderson was impressive after giving up four goals on six shots and getting pulled against Buffalo on Friday. He has bounced back with two solid outings, also stopping 31-of-33 shots in Ottawa's win Saturday at Toronto.

On the heels of a five-game losing streak, the Senators have won two straight.

Tom Kostopoulos scored the lone goal for the Flames (7-9-1), who had won eight of nine against Ottawa, dating to 2004. Miikka Kiprusoff had 29 saves. Calgary has won just two of its last seven at home.


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