|Sidney Crosby gets up close and personal with Edmonton's Fernando Pisani in the first period of the Penguins' 5-4 victory. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)|
Rangers roll past Lightning
Drury's hat trick puts cap on win
Chris Drury had two of New York's three rare power-play goals and finished his hat trick with a shorthanded tally for the Rangers, who beat the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning for the third time this season, 5-2, last night.
Ryan Callahan also had a power-play goal for the Rangers, who entered with the NHL's second-worst unit.
Marc Staal pushed the lead to 4-2 in the third period, 29 seconds after Ryan Malone got the Lightning within one for the second time during a power play.
Drury scored his fifth of the season with 27.5 seconds left.
Martin St. Louis had the other goal for the Lightning, who lost for the second straight night after a three-game winning streak. They are 4-2-4 since a pair of 2-1 losses to the Rangers during the season-opening series in the Czech Republic.
Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves for the Rangers, who snapped their first two-game skid of the season. Mike Smith stopped 30 shots for Tampa Bay.
The Rangers' much-maligned power play had failed on all six chances in the two previous contests. In New York's 2-1 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday, the Rangers allowed both goals while on their power play and have given up an NHL-high five shorthanded goals.
Nearly 90 seconds into their first chance, Nikolai Zherdev raced down right wing and fed a perfect pass into the slot to Callahan, who received it while crouching and fired a one-timer past Smith to make it 1-0 with 3:51 left in the first.
Drury pushed the Rangers' lead to 2-0 with New York's first shorthanded goal of the season. He picked off a pass from Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger in the neutral zone and took off on a breakaway.
Penguins 5, Oilers 4 - Miroslav Satan and Petr Sykora each scored twice and NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin set up three goals in the second period as Pittsburgh opened a five-goal lead, then held on for the victory over road-weary Edmonton.
The Oilers, playing on the road for the 10th time in 12 games, couldn't score despite getting the first four power-play opportunities and looked tired while falling behind, 5-0, late in the second period during their second game in two nights.
Pittsburgh scored three times in less than six minutes in the second as Malkin (league-high 21 points) assisted on Sykora's two goals and Satan's second of the game and eighth this season - half as many as he scored with the Islanders last season.
Thrashers 4, Islanders 3 - Slava Kozlov scored twice and Tobias Enstrom had the deciding goal with 8:31 remaining to help host Atlanta beat New York.
Earning consecutive wins for the first time since last Feb. 15 at New Jersey, Atlanta has just 24 points in its last 35 games.
The Thrashers, with only 10 points in 13 games this season, began the night as the worst team in the Eastern Conference, but the victory moved them a point ahead of the Islanders.
New York, coming off consecutive victories, failed to hold a 3-1 lead that Frans Nielsen and Trent Hunter provided with a pair of goals in a 17-second span midway through the second period.
Capitals 3, Hurricanes 2 - Alexander Semin scored twice in the final three minutes, getting the winning goal with 10.9 seconds left, to rally Washington past visiting Carolina.
The Capitals trailed, 2-1, before Semin scored from close range with 2:43 to go. Then, with time running out, he ended a rush toward the net by beating Cam Ward with a wrist shot from inside the right circle.
Semin has 10 goals in 12 games, which has enabled the Capitals to withstand an unusual scoring drought by Alex Ovechkin.
The reigning NHL scoring champion and MVP, Ovechkin was held without a goal for a career-high eighth consecutive game.
Senators 4, Flyers 1 - Dany Heatley scored for the fifth straight game and Jesse Winchester had his first NHL goal to lead host Ottawa over Philadelphia.
Alex Auld stopped 17 shots and Anton Volchenkov and Chris Neil also scored for Ottawa, which won its second straight home game. Auld, making his seventh straight start, improved to 5-2-1 in eight appearances overall.
Flames 7, Predators 6 - Jarome Iginla had two power-play goals and Craig Conroy also scored twice to help host Calgary take a four-goal lead en route to a victory over Nashville.
Cory Sarich, Rene Bourque and Daymond Langkow scored, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves for the Flames.
Wild 3, Avalanche 1 - Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Benoit Pouliot, and Andrew Brunette scored in visiting Minnesota's victory over Colorado.
Marek Zidlicky had two assists for the Wild. Darcy Tucker had Colorado's only goal and Peter Budaj made 17 saves. The Avalanche have lost five straight.