PITTSBURGH (AP) J.T. Miller scored short-handed to cap a second-period rally, helping the New York Rangers overcome an early two-goal deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday night.
The teams play again Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden to complete a pivotal, early season home-and-home between Metropolitan Division contenders. The Penguins have lost four of six and trail the first-place Rangers by four points.
Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel scored twice in the first period of his first NHL game, but Rick Nash and Michael Grabner made it 2-2 before Miller, a Pittsburgh native, got his eighth of the season.
Kevin Hayes added his ninth goal midway through the third, and Derek Stepan also scored into an empty net.
Antti Raanta, starting the second game of a back-to-back for New York, rebounded after the first period and made 29 saves for his fifth win in six games.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots for Pittsburgh.
PREDATORS 3, LIGHTING 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – P.K. Subban scored twice in the second period and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves, helping Nashville to a win over Tampa Bay.
Viktor Arvidsson also scored and Ryan Ellis added three assists for the Predators, winners of two of three.
Rinne continued his hot November, improving to 6-1-2 on the month.
Tyler Johnson scored and Ben Bishop made 27 saves for Tampa Bay, which got its only defeat in the final game of a five-game trip.
AVALANCHE 3, BLUE JACKETS 2, OT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Matt Duchene scored 1:49 into overtime in his first game back from a concussion, helping Colorado snap Columbus' seven-game home winning streak.
The victory improved Colorado's record to 9-9-0, while Columbus, playing its second game in two days, fell to 10-5-2.
Colorado led 2-1 before Columbus' Cam Atkinson tied it with 6.5 seconds left, assisted by Sam Gagne and Zach Werenski.
It was Atkinson's second goal of the night and seventh of the season. His first score came at 9:00 of the first period.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 of 42 shots, while Curtis McElhinney, starting in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 24 attempts.
SABRES 4, FLAMES 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist, helping Buffalo bust an offensive slump with three power-play goals in a victory over Calgary.
Johan Larsson, Matt Moulson and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Sabres, who reached three goals in a game for the first time in 11 chances, since a 3-1 win at Winnipeg on Oct. 30. Buffalo has won consecutive games for just the second time this season.
Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary, which is coming off a 3-2 win at Detroit on Sunday night. Buffalo got two assists each from Sam Reinhart and Taylor Fedun, who now has four assists in three games since being called up from the AHL.
Robin Lehner had 29 saves for the Sabres, and Brian Elliott turned away 28 shots for Calgary.