RANGERS 5, FLYERS 2
PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Callahan scored three goals as the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 5-2 on Saturday for their seventh straight win over the Flyers.
Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov also had goals for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who improved to 5-0 against the Flyers this season.
It was a rare display on special teams that catapulted the Rangers to their second victory over Philadelphia in seven days. New York had a season-high three goals on the power play to increase their lead to six points over the Flyers in the Atlantic Division with two games in hand.
The Rangers entered with the fourth-worst, power-play unit in the NHL, converting just 13.4 per cent of their chances.
Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds had Philadelphia's goals. The Flyers have lost four of five, and are losing their hold on fourth place in the East.
Henrik Lundqvist had 31 saves in the victory.
LIGHTNING 2, SABRES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Steven Stamkos had a goal and assist, and the resurgent Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday night for their seventh win in 10 games.
Mathieu Garon made 26 saves, and Steve Downie also scored during the Lightning's two-goal second period. Tampa Bay (24-24-6) is on a 7-1-2 roll and has earned at least a point in a season-high four straight road games (3-0-1).
Jason Pominville scored Buffalo's lone goal 7:07 into the third period in a game in which the Sabres came out flat while playing for the third time in four nights. The Sabres managed 13 shots through two periods and 27 overall.
Buffalo failed to earn a point for the first time in seven games (5-1-1), and lost in regulation at home for the first time in 11 (6-1-4), dating to a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Dec. 10.
PANTHERS 3, DEVILS 1
NEWARK, N.J. — Scott Clemmensen stopped 27 shots against his former team, and Florida beat New Jersey.
Sean Bergenheim, Kris Versteeg and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Panthers, who have won four of six. Florida stretched its Southeast Division-lead over Washington to two points with just its second road win in 12 games.
Steve Bernier scored for the Devils and Martin Brodeur made 18 saves, but New Jersey has lost two straight for the first time since a three-game skid from Jan. 19-24.
Bernier and Bergenheim traded goals in the first period. It was Bernier's first goal since Feb. 10, 2011.
BRUINS 4, PREDATORS 3 (SO)
BOSTON — Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored shootout goals to lift Boston over Nashville.
Boston forced overtime when Milan Lucic scored a power-play goal with 67 seconds left in regulation after goalie Tim Thomas was pulled for an extra skater.
Daniel Paille and Bergeron also scored for the Bruins, who had lost seven of 12.
Thomas stopped 19 shots in regulation, and then turned aside Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat in the shootout.
Mike Fisher, Shea Weber and Patric Hornqvist scored for Nashville, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Pekka Rinne, who had won 20-of-24 games, made 38 saves through overtime.
The Bruins rebounded from a 6-0 loss at Buffalo on Wednesday.
ISLANDERS 2, KINGS 1 (OT)
UNIONDALE, N.Y.— Mark Streit's goal 1:36 into overtime lifted the New York Islanders over Los Angeles.
The Islanders captain split the Kings defence and beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a backhander for this fifth goal this season. Matt Moulson and Andrew MacDonald earned assists.
The Islanders (23-23-8) improved to 7-2-2 in their last 11 games, but the Kings (26-19-11) continued to struggle on their six-game road trip.
Michael Grabner scored his 15th goal at 6:52 of the first, sliding a loose puck past Quick.
Andrei Loktionov scored his first goal of the season to tie it for the Kings at 5:20 of the second period. The rebound goal originally was credited to captain Dustin Brown.
Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves to earn the win. In his last three starts against the Kings — all wins — Nabokov has stopped 103 of 106 shots.
The Kings have scored just six goals in five games on their trip, and three came in their lone win over Tampa Bay.
BLUE JACKETS 3, WILD 1
ST. PAUL, Min. — R.J. Umberger scored two goals, one on a power play with 21 seconds left in the second period to send the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1 victory over the stumbling Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
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