Rangers Make Most of Ovi’s Errors
Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer (20) and Tom Poti (3) scuffle with New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) and Ryan Callahan (24) during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Washington. The Rangers won 4-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Antwan Jamison collide as Jamison took a foul, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Sunday, March 10, 2013. The Lakers won, 90-81. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Washington — About three hours after asking for more respect from NHL officials, Alex Ovechkin was called for two penalties within seconds, leading to a pair of goals that put the New York Rangers ahead for good Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season one game after being a healthy scratch, and Ryan Callahan also took advantage of Ovechkin’s miscues to give New York a two-goal lead in the second period. Derek Stepan and Brad Richards also scored, and Martin Biron made 28 saves for the Rangers, who have won five of six.
Steve Oleksy scored his first NHL goal for the Capitals, who endured a rough weekend against New York teams. Washington lost 5-2 on the road against the Islanders on Saturday.
Blue Jackets 3
Red Wings 2 (so)
Detroit — Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert scored in the shootout and streaking Columbus beat Detroit to complete a home-and-home sweep.
Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger had goals in regulation, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves through overtime for Columbus, which has won five straight. The Blue Jackets topped the Red Wings 3-0 in Columbus on Saturday.
Canadiens 5, Panthers 2
Sunrise, Fla. — Michael Ryder scored two power-play goals to lift Montreal over Florida.
David Desharnais, Brian Gionta, and Francis Bouillon also scored, and P.K. Subban had three assists. Ryder has seven assists and two goals in seven games since being acquired from Dallas on Feb. 26.
Peter Budaj stopped 14 shots for the Canadiens, who won for the fourth time on their five-game trip and earned their ninth road victory of the season. The Canadiens swept the season series from the Panthers.
Devils 3, Jets 2 (so)
Newark, n.j. — Patrik Elias scored the only goal of the shootout, and Johan Hedberg stopped all three Winnipeg attempts as New Jerseyposted a shootout win.
Ryan Carter and Stephen Gionta scored in regulation time for the Devils, who won for only the second time in nine games since top goalie Martin Brodeur was sidelined with a sore back. Hedberg, who was lifted in a 6-3 loss to Carolina on Saturday night, had 23 saves through overtime. He then turned away Blake Wheeler, Evander Kane and Andrew Ladd in the shootout.
Penguins 6, Islanders 1
Pittsburgh — Sidney Crosby tied a career high with five assists, and Chris Kunitz posted his second hat trick of the season in Pittsburgh’s rout of New York.
Crosby’s big night boosted his point total to an NHL-leading 45 and helped the Penguins win their fifth straight. James Neal had a goal and three assists, and Pascal Dupuis scored twice for Pittsburgh. Tomas Vokoun made 23 saves.
Oilers 6, Blackhawks 5
Chicago — Sam Gagner scored two of Edmonton’s four goals in the first period and the Oilers beat Chicago.
Ryan Whitney and Taylor Hall each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Captain Shawn Horcoff also scored as the Oilers went 3 for 4 on the power play.
Flyers 3, Sabres 2
Philadelphia — Claude Giroux, Simon Gagne and Max Talbot all scored to help Philadelphia halt a three-game losing streak.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 shots for the Flyers (12-14-1), who are still on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Wild 4, Canucks 2
St. Paul, Minn. — Zach Parise had two goals and an assist, Niklas Backstrom had 25 saves and Minnesota beat Vancouver.
Jason Zucker and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild, who won their fourth straight home game and beat their Northwest Division rivals for the first time this season.
Avalanche 3, Sharks 2 (ot)
Denver — Matt Duchene scored his second goal of the night just as time was about to expire in overtime, lifting Colorado over San Jose.
Duchene, who has three goals in his last two games, wristed a shot past Antti Niemi after taking a pass from P.A. Parenteau.
Ducks 4, Blues 2
Anaheim, Calif. — Corey Perry scored the go-ahead goal with 14:40 left in the third period before adding an empty-netter in the final minute as Anaheim beat St. Louis.
Bobby Ryan tied it early in the third and Andrew Cogliano had a short-handed goal, helping the Ducks improve the NHL’s second-best record to 18-3-3. Anaheim, 15-2-2 in its last 19 games, hasn’t lost at home since the opener against Vancouver.
Patrik Berglund had a power-play goal, Ryan Reaves also scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 17 saves for the Blues, who have lost six straight in Anaheim and 10 of 11 there.
Ryan was sent off for tripping Roman Polak at 1:17 of the third, and the Blues grabbed a 2-1 lead on the ensuing power play. Berglund used defenseman Toni Lydman as a screen to beat Hiller 24 seconds later.
Ryan redeemed himself when he jumped on a loose puck in front and whipped in his eighth goal of the season. Francois Beauchemin earned one of his three assists on the goal.
Polak was off for tripping Saku Koivu when Perry parked himself at the right of the crease, and Ryan Getzlaf’s screened wrist shot from the top of the right circle glanced off him and past Halak for his fifth game-winner this season.
In a game featuring teams that came in with the NHL’s top two power-play units, the league-leading Ducks were 1 for 7. St. Louis was 1 for 3 and surrendered a short-handed goal for the fourth time this season.
Shortly after coming up empty on a two-man advantage, the Ducks tied it 1-1 at 8:24 of the second period with a power-play goal.
Coming off consecutive shutout wins for the fifth time in franchise history, the Ducks fell behind 1-0 at 6:09 of the first when Reaves redirected Wade Redden’s wrist shot from the left point past Hiller’s stick for his first of the season.
Redden’s assist was the fourth point in 15 games for the two-time All-Star defenseman.
NOTES: The Ducks have never posted three straight shutouts in the regular season, but did it in the 2006 playoffs. ... Anaheim had an 11-game home winning streak in the 2009-10 season. ... Free agent C Jason Arnott, who has been skating with the Blues this week, will find out Monday whether he will be signed. Arnott last played in the NHL on April 30 with the Blues in the second game of the Western Conference semifinals. ... The Blues are 3 for 29 on the power play in their last 11 games. ... The Ducks are 8-0 against Central Division teams. ... Anaheim C Nick Bonino was dressed for the game, but didn’t play because of the flu. RW Kyle Palmieri missed his fourth straight game because of an upper body injury. ... Blues LW Andy McDonald missed his seventh straight game because of an injured left knee. He sat out 51 games last season with a concussion.