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NHL: Rangers score four in third, beat Isles

AP , NEW YORK

The Calgary Flames’ Jarome Iginla, left, collides with the Minnesota Wild’s Nick Schultz during their game in Calgary, Canada, on Monday.

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Markus Naslund scored one of the New York Rangers’ four goals in a wild third period and Henrik Lundqvist made the lead stand up in a 5-4 comeback win over the New York Islanders on Monday.

The Rangers entered the third trailing 2-1. A hard and clean hit by Ryan Callahan on Islanders forward Trent Hunter that forced open a door at the scorer’s table and left Hunter down in pain changed the momentum.

The Rangers turned the ensuing faceoff into Petr Prucha’s second of the season nine seconds later. Michal Rozsival gave the Rangers their first lead with a sharp-angle goal at 2:08, but the Islanders needed only 27 seconds to tie it on Blake Comeau’s second.

Naslund put the Rangers ahead for good at 7:12 with his team-leading 14th, snapping the team’s longest losing streak of the season at three.

Mike Comrie scored for the Islanders with 18.7 seconds remaining — the sixth goal of the period.

FLAMES 2, WILD 1

At Calgary, Eric Nystrom scored a short-handed goal in the third period, lifting Calgary over Minnesota.

Daymond Langkow also scored for Calgary (21-11-4).

The Flames are 5-0-3 in their last eight games and lead the Northwest Division by three points over Vancouver.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves for his league-leading 21st win (21-10-3).

Stephane Veilleux had the lone goal for Minnesota (17-16-2). The Wild have lost their last six road games and are 2-8-1 in their last 11 overall to fall into last place in the Northwest.

CANADIENS 5, PANTHERS 2

At Sunrise, Florida, Maxim Lapierre scored the final three goals of the game, leading Montreal over Florida for its NHL-best 3,000th regular-season win.

In other NHL action, it was:

• Sharks 3, Stars 1

• Avalanche 5, Predators 1

• Blue Jackets 2, Kings 0

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