NEW YORK (AP) Mats Zuccarello’s hat trick sent the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves as the Rangers improved to 7-2-2. New York has won four of its last five, earning 10 points in its last six games.
The Rangers played for the first time since defeating Calgary, 4-1 on Oct. 25.
During the break, coach Alain Vigneault reconfigured his top two lines, reuniting Zuccarello with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash and putting Chris Kreider back with Derek Stepan.
Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves but Toronto fell to 1-6-2, losing five in a row.
Joffrey Lupul’s deflection at 18:09 into the third spoiled Lundqvist’s shutout bid.
CANADIENS 6, FLAMES 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Dale Weise completed his first career hat trick midway through the third period and Montreal blew out hapless Calgary to end a two-game skid and become the first NHL team with 10 wins.
Weise scored in each of the first and second periods, then got his third with 8:16 left by smacking in the rebound from Tomas Fleishmann’s shot.
Nathan Beaulieu, Devante Smith-Pelly and Paul Byron also scored, and rookie Mike Condon made 30 saves. Montreal got its first win since its nine-game season-opening win streak ended against Vancouver on Tuesday.
The Flames have lost four straight and are yet to win in regulation this season.
Joni Ortio stopped 25 shots for Calgary. Jiri Hudler and Josh Jooris scored.
Weise broke a 2-2 tie 6:57 into the second. He took the puck away from Benoit Pouliot, skated toward the right circle and beat Ortio with a wrister.
HURRICANES 3, AVALANCHE 2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Victor Rask, Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner scored and Carolina beat Colorado for its third straight victory.
Colorado’s Carl Soderberg scored with 31.8 seconds left, but Carolina got its first home win of the season.
It was the Hurricanes’ first home game following a long road trip they take annually – seven contests this time – to avoid traffic conflicts with the North Carolina State Fair.
Carolina won the teams’ only other meeting this season 1-0 in overtime nine days earlier. Goalie Cam Ward got that shutout and stopped 28 shots in this one.
Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves. Alex Tanguay also scored for Colorado.
Kris Versteeg and Ryan Murphy each had two assists for the Hurricanes. Brett Pesce got his first career point for Carolina on a third-period assist.
Colorado’s last win in Raleigh was in January 2008.
SABRES 3, FLYERS 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and two assists, rookie goaltender Linus Ullmark got his first NHL win and Buffalo beat Philadelphia.
Jack Eichel and Nicolas Deslauriers also scored for Buffalo. Ullmark made 27 saves.
Mark Streit spoiled Ullmark’s shutout bid with 3:26 left, but the Flyers have lost three straight. Two of those came this week against the Sabres.
O’Reilly has four goals and nine assists through 11 games since being acquired from Colorado in the summer.
Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth, an ex-Sabre, made two of his 33 saves on the Sabres’ first power play, stopping Jamie McGinn’s snap shot and its rebound.
Eichel showed why he’s regarded as a can’t-miss prospect, cutting quickly to lose Luke Schenn and rifling a wrist shot past Neuvirth.
CAPITALS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) – Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie each scored to lift Washington over Columbus.
Braden Holtby made 29 saves to help the Capitals avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season after falling 3-1 to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots for the Jackets.
Williams scored his second goal of the season to give Washington the lead at 14:16 in the second.
After Washington killed two penalties, Oshie’s fourth goal of the season made it 2-0 at 11:59 in the third when the Capitals finished a 3-on-2 breakaway.
Matt Calvert scored in the third period for Columbus, which fell to 2-2-0 under new coach John Tortorella.
BRUINS 3, PANTHERS 1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Brad Marchand scored twice and Zdeno Chara picked up his first goal of the season to lead Boston over Florida.
Marchand, who extended his point streak to five games, also was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding Dmitry Kulikov with 2:06 left in the game. Kulikov left the ice bleeding.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask made 31 saves and Florida’s Roberto Luongo had 22.
Chara also added an assist.
Florida’s Nick Bjugstad scored his fourth goal on a 5-on-3 power play at 11:32 in the third.
Rask kept the game scoreless early with big saves on a breakaway by Quinton Howden then a rebound chance by Alex Petrovic. He added a sliding glove save on a point-blank shot by Jonathan Huberdeau at 11:55 with Florida on the power play.
SENATORS 3, RED WINGS 1
DETROIT (AP) – Kyle Turris and Matt Puempel scored in the first two periods and Bobby Ryan added an empty-net goal in the final minute, helping Ottawa beat Detroit.
Andrew Hammond made 29 saves for the Senators.
Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg scored on the second of two power plays with a two-man advantage late in the second period. Jimmy Howard stopped 32 shots for the Red Wings.
The Senators limited Detroit’s quality scoring chances in the third, helping them improve to 4-1 on the road this season.
The offensively challenged Red Wings pulled Howard to add an extra skater with 2-plus minutes left, but couldn’t score to send the game to overtime before Ryan restored Ottawa’s two-goal lead with 55 seconds left.
WILD 5, BLACKHAWKS 4
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Jason Zucker scored 18 seconds into the game and assisted on Nino Niederreiter’s winner to lead Minnesota over Chicago.
Ryan Carter, Charlie Coyle and Jared Spurgeon also had goals for Minnesota, which dealt its playoff nemesis Chicago its second straight loss.
Mikko Koivu added three assists, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves, as the Wild won their fifth straight at home to start the season.
Jonathan Toews scored twice for the Blackhawks, which finally snapped a 5-on-5 scoring drought. Brent Seabrook and Artem Anisimov had a goal each for Chicago and Scott Darling stopped 25 shots.
The Blackhawks have beaten Minnesota in the second round of the playoffs the past two seasons.
CANUCKS 4, COYOTES 3
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Rookie Jared McCann scored the first of two quick goals in the opening period and Vancouver held on for a win over Arizona.
The Canucks were sharp after blowing a two-goal lead in a loss to Dallas the night before, taking a 3-0 lead in the first.
Alexandre Burrows scored shortly after McCann’s fifth goal of the season, and Brendan Gaunce added his first NHL goal about midway through the opening period.
Arizona rallied in the second period on goals by Max Domi and Steve Downie, but Daniel Sedin quickly pushed it back to a two-goal lead heading into the third.
Tobias Rieder scored with 2:21 left after the Coyotes pulled goalie Anders Lindback, but the Coyotes couldn’t get anything else past Richard Bachman.
Bachman stopped 29 shots in his first start after Ryan Miller played the first 10 games of the season.