The Associated Press
Jan. 08, 2015
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Rick Nash scored his 25th goal, Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves, and the New York Rangers beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games.
Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Dominic Moore also scored for the Rangers, who opened their three-game California road trip with a dominant effort against the overall NHL leaders.
Francois Beauchemin scored midway through the third period for the Ducks, who have just one regulation victory in eight games.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots in his first home start in more than seven years for the Ducks, who re-signed their former backup goalie last month after a seven-year absence.
BRUINS 3, PENGUINS 2, OT
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored twice, including a deflection past Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury 2:43 into overtime to lift Boston to a victory over the Penguins.
Bergeron got just enough of Milan Lucic's blast from the point to put it past Fleury as the Bruins ended a three-game losing streak.
Zdeno Chara scored his third goal of the season for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 37 shots. The last eight meetings between these teams have been decided by one goal.
Beau Bennett and Evgeni Malkin scored for Pittsburgh. Fleury made 21 saves but had no chance on Bergeron's winner.
The Bruins have scuffled through the first half of the season. They went just 5-6-3 in December, their first losing month in nearly two years and limped into Pittsburgh coming off three straight overtime losses.
CAPITALS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Johansson and Eric Fehr scored two goals apiece, and Washington spoiled the debut of Toronto interim coach Peter Horachek.
Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin, with an empty-net goal, also scored for Washington, which is 12-6-3 on the road. It was Ovechkin's 20th goal of the season and 50th career point against Toronto.
Braden Holtby's 22nd straight start tied Wayne Stephenson's club record as Washington, 7-1-2 in its last 10 games, won its third in a row.
Daniel Winnik and Trevor Smith scored for Toronto, which has lost three straight and is 2-8 in its last 10. Former Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle was fired on Tuesday.
Horachek was tabbed as interim coach earlier Wednesday.
The Maple Leafs started well but fell into bad habits. Washington improved to 11-4-2 in its last 17 games against Toronto.
RED WINGS 3, FLAMES 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg both had a goal and an assist to lead Detroit over Calgary.
Riley Sheahan also scored for Detroit (22-10-9), which has won five of seven. The Red Wings have won two of the first three games on a six-game trip.
Mason Raymond and Mikael Backlund scored for Calgary (21-17-3). The Flames are 3-2 with one game to go in a six-game homestand.
The Flames reached the halfway point of the season in ninth place in the Western Conference, two points back of the second wild card spot.
Detroit is third in the Atlantic Division, one point behind Montreal.