Pavel Datsyuk came back from 19 games out with a broken wrist to score one goal and set up another, helping the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Monday.
Jiri Hudler and Drew Miller also scored for the Red Wings, who extended their lead in the Central Division to seven points.
Brandon Dubinsky scored with 4 minutes, 5 seconds left in the game to pull the Rangers within a goal, but they couldn’t find a third despite being on the power-play to end the game.
Derek Stepan had New York’s other goal.
CANUCKS 4, SENATORS 2
In Vancouver, Mikael Samuelsson scored twice and added an assist as streaking Vancouver built an early lead and hung on for a win over struggling Ottawa.
Ryan Kesler had a goal and assist, while Alex Burrows also scored and Mason Raymond added three assists as Vancouver won their sixth straight game.
The Canucks have only two regulation losses in the past two months (21-2-6). They extended their lead atop the NHL to four points and remained nine points up on Detroit for first in the Western Conference.
Nick Foligno and Jason Spezza scored less than two minutes apart in the second period to pull Ottawa to 3-2.
COYOTES 3, AVALANCHE 0
In Glendale, Arizona, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots for his second straight shutout, helping Phoenix defeat Colorado.
Bryzgalov put in another sterling performance to give Phoenix consecutive shutouts for the first time since Brian Boucher set the modern-day NHL record with five straight in 2003-2004.
Radim Vrbata scored twice for Phoenix and Scottie Upshall netted the other.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, THRASHERS 4
In Toronto, Nikolai Kulemin and Tim Brent each scored third--period goals to give Toronto victory over Atlanta.
Dion Phaneuf, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur also scored for the Leafs, who played another high-scoring game against Atlanta.
The teams have combined for 30 goals in three meetings this season.
Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Nik Antropov and Andrew Ladd scored for the Thrashers, who have won only two of 13 games in regulation and have fallen out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference.
In other NHL action, it was:
‧ Flames 3, Blackhawks 1
‧ Oilers 4, Predators 0