BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Rick Nash had a goal and assist, and Mackenzie Skapski stopped 24 shots in his NHL debut in the New York Rangers’ 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.
Carl Hagelin, on a breakaway, and Mats Zuccarello also scored for New York. The Rangers improved to 8-1-2 in their past 11, beat Buffalo for the sixth straight time, and extended their road winning streak to a season-best five straight.
Skapski gave up a goal on the first shot he faced 14 seconds in, when Matt Moulson converted Torrey Mitchell’s pass into the slot off a faceoff to the right of the New York net. Skapski got the nod in place of Cam Talbot, who has gone 5-1-2 in eight starts since Henrik Lundqvist was sidelined by a neck injury.
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BLUES 5, BRUINS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Vladimir Tarasenko became the youngest St. Louis player to score 30 goals in 23 years, getting the last two scores in the Blues’ victory over Bruins.
Tarasenko’s 30th of the season capped the four-goal second and he got his 31st midway through the third. At 23 years, 65 days, he’s the team’s youngest 30-goal scorer since Brendan Shanahan got his 30th at 23 years, 63 days in 1991-92.
Petteri Lindbohm, Alex Pietrangelo and T.J. Oshie scored on the Blues’ first three shots of the second to chase rookie goalie Malcolm Subban and cancel Tuukka Rask’s scheduled night off.
Brad Marchand scored for Boston, which lost its sixth in a row and played most of the final two periods without David Krejci (lower body).
AVALANCHE 4, BLACKHAWKS 1
CHICAGO (AP) – Tyson Barrie had two goals and an assist, Gabriel Landeskog scored for the fifth straight game, and Colorado beat Chicago.
Colorado used a pair of costly interference penalties on Chicago to win for just the third time in its last eight games. Brad Stuart added his second goal of the season when goaltender Corey Crawford badly misplayed his dump in from center ice, punctuating a frustrating performance for the Blackhawks.
Semyon Varlamov had 27 saves for Colorado, and Landeskog also had an assist.
Kris Versteeg scored for Chicago.
WILD 4, OILERS 0
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Devan Dubnyk stopped all 15 shots he faced for his sixth shutout of the season, leading Minnesota past Edmonton.
The former Oilers goalie now has five shutouts in 16 games for Minnesota since being acquired in a trade with Arizona on Jan. 14. He improved to 5-0 this season against Edmonton.
Justin Fontaine had two goals, and Nino Niederreiter and Jordan Schroeder also scored for the Wild. They are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games.
DUCKS 6, FLAMES 3
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Ryan Getzlaf scored a fluke tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to key Anaheim’s five-goal outburst in the final 14 minutes.
Getzlaf’s slap shot from the blue line went over the net and caromed back off the end boards, deflecting in off the back leg of Calgary goalie Jonas Hiller at 8:53 of the third to put Anaheim up 3-2. Francois Beauchemin had tied the score less than 3 minutes earlier.
Andrew Cogliano got the Ducks on the scoreboard in the second period, and Kyle Palmieri, Jakob Silferberg and Hampus Lindholm also scored in the third. John Gibson finished with 25 saves.
Matt Stajan, Lance Bouma and Sean Monahan scored for the Flames.
DEVILS 4, CANUCKS 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Mike Cammalleri scored twice in New Jersey’s victory over Vancouver.
Jordin Tootoo and Patrik Elias also scored, defenseman Adam Larsson had three assists and Cory Schneider had 21 saves against his former teammates to give New Jersey points in 12 of its last 14 games (9-2-3) at the Prudential Center.
Zack Kassian scored twice for the Canucks.
HURRICANES 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Eric Staal had a goal and an assist and Carolina beat Toronto to sweep the three-game season series.
Jordan Staal had the other goal for the Hurricanes. Carolina goalie Cam Ward, playing in his 499th NHL game – all for the Hurricanes – had 23 saves. Brandon Kozun had his first NHL goal for the Maple Leafs.