NEW YORK (AP) Derek Stepan broke out of a long slump with two goals and an assist, and the New York Rangers caught the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks atop the NHL standings with a 7-2 rout Sunday night.
Stepan, who had no points in his previous 12 games, scored a goal in each of the first two periods as the Rangers found their missing offense while playing the second of back-to-back games. They snapped the Ducks’ four-game winning streak as Anaheim (46-21-7) began a five-game trip.
Chris Kreider, Carl Hagelin, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and Derick Brassard also scored for New York. The Rangers (46-18-7), Ducks, and Montreal Canadiens all have 99 points, but New York has played fewer games than both.
Cam Talbot got off to a rare slow start, allowing two goals to Anaheim’s Corey Perry in the first period when the Ducks had 17 shots. He was perfect the rest of the way.
LIGHTNING 5, BRUINS 3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – J.T. Brown and Anton Stralman scored 15 seconds apart soon after Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos got into a fight, and the Lightning stopped a 10-game losing streak against the Boston Bruins.
Tampa Bay also got goals from Vladislav Namestnikov, Jason Garrison and Ondrej Palat. The Lightning’s last win over Boston was on Mar. 13, 2012, a 6-1 victory.
Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Daniel Paille scored for the Bruins, who are 0-3-2 over their last five games and hold a one-point lead over Ottawa for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Senators have played two fewer games.
Less than a minute after Stamkos fought Boston’s Brad Marchand at 10:05 of the first, Brown (10:47) and Stralman (11:02) beat Tuukka Rask to put the Lightning up 3-1.
RED WINGS 2, BLUES 1, OT
DETROIT (AP) – Justin Abdelkader’s power-play goal 24 seconds into overtime lifted the Detroit Red Wings over the St. Louis Blues.
The teams reignited their old Western Conference rivalry, accumulating 36 penalty minutes in a third period that included multiple skirmishes on the ice. The Red Wings had a man advantage for the final 1:21 of regulation and the opening moments of overtime.
Abdelkader’s winner was just the second power-play goal the Blues have allowed in 25 chances over the past seven games.
The Red Wings’ Erik Cole tied it at 1 just 24 seconds into the third period. Alexander Steen started the scoring for the Blues with a power-play goal at 9:38 of the second.
CANUCKS 3, COYOTES 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Alexander Edler’s shot glanced off the post and bounced off goaltender Mike Smith’s back and in with 3:13 left to snap a tie for Vancouver.
A day after a stirring win in Los Angeles, the Canucks had hit the post four previous times while Smith stopped 41 shots in a remarkable performance a day after inadvertently banking a clearance pass off Brandon Sutter’s backside and into his own net. But Edler’s goal on the power play helped the second-place Canucks move four points ahead of idle Calgary in the Pacific Division.
Yannick Weber scored in the first period, and Henrik Sedin added an empty-netter with 1:09 left.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on an end-to-end play when he roofed the second rebound of his own shot in the first period for his 20th goal for Arizona.