Rookie Matt Calvert scored a hat-trick to break open a tie game and propel the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Coyotes have now lost two straight games after winning eight consecutive while the Blue Jackets have won three straight games as they try to climb back into a playoff position in the Western Conference.
The Coyotes started quickly with two goals in the opening eight minutes and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger on a penalty shot.
The Coyotes ran into a string of penalties which allowed the Blue Jackets to turn the momentum in their favor before the end of the period.
Umberger and Jakub Voracek both scored on the powerplay to tie the game.
Calvert scored his first of three straight also on the powerplay early in the second period to push the Blue Jackets ahead.
He batted his second goal in out of the air and wrapped up the natural hat trick lifting a loose puck over Bryzgalov in a crowded crease, prompting the fans to toss their hats to the ice.
Lori Korpikoski scored a late goal for the Coyotes to narrow the final gap to two.
Lightning 2, Devils 1
In Tampa, Florida, Martin St Louis and Simon Gagne scored early second-period goals as Tampa Bay beat New Jersey, ending the Devils’ eight-game winning streak.
The victory came just days after the Lightning stopped Phoenix’s stretch of eight straight wins with a 8-3 victory in Tampa, Florida.
Johan Hedberg kept New Jersey within reach late in the second by stopping shots by Teddy Purcell and Steven Stamkos. Mark Fayne scored in the third period for the Devils, but they couldn’t get the equaling score.
Dwayne Roloson finished with 19 saves for Tampa Bay.
Rangers 6, Capitals 0
In Washington, Erik Christensen had two goals and two assists and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots for his league-leading eighth shutout of the season for New York.
Christensen had a career-high four points as New York won its second straight game.
The six-goal margin of victory was the first time the Rangers have won by more than two since a 7-0 rout of Toronto on Jan. 19.
Washington went 0 for 5 on the power play and was booed by the home crowd on several occasions.
In other NHL play, it was
‧ Hurricanes 4, Penguins 1
‧ Panthers 2, Thrashers 1, SO
‧ Sabres 4, Senators 2
‧ Sharks 4, Flames 3, SO
‧ Blues 5, Oilers 0
‧ Wild 3, Ducks 2, OT