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NHL: Callahan is man of day for Rangers

WELCOME HAT-TRICK:It was a rare performance against a special team, as the Rangers increased their lead to six points over the Flyers in Atlantic Division

AP, PHILADELPHIA

Ryan Callahan scored three goals as the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 5-2 for their seventh straight win over the Flyers in the NHL on Saturday.

Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov also had goals for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who broke out of their power-play funk and improved to 5-0 against the Flyers this season.

It was a rare display on special teams for New York, which had a season-high three goals on the power play. The Rangers increased their lead to six points over the Flyers in the Atlantic Division and have two games in hand.

The Rangers entered with the fourth-worst, power-play unit in the NHL, converting just 13.4 percent of their chances.

Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds had Philadelphia’s goals. The Flyers have lost four of five, and are losing their hold on fourth place in the East.

Henrik Lundqvist had 31 saves in the victory.

PANTHERS 3, DEVILS 1

In Newark, New Jersey, Scott Clemmensen stopped 27 shots against his former team as Florida beat New Jersey.

Sean Bergenheim, Kris Versteeg and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Panthers, who have won four of six. Florida stretched their Southeast Division-lead over Washington to two points with just their second road win in 12 games.

Steve Bernier scored for the Devils and Martin Brodeur made 18 saves.

BRUINS 4, PREDATORS 3, SO

In Boston, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored shootout goals to lift Boston over Nashville.

Boston forced overtime when Milan Lucic scored a power-play goal with 67 seconds left in regulation after goalie Tim Thomas was pulled for an extra skater.

Daniel Paille and Bergeron also scored for the Bruins. Thomas stopped 19 shots in regulation and then turned aside Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat in the shootout.

Mike Fisher, Shea Weber and Patric Hornqvist scored for Nashville, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Pekka Rinne, who had won 20 of 24 games, made 38 saves through overtime.

OILERS 4, SENATORS 3, OT

In Ottawa, Taylor Hall scored 17 seconds into overtime as Edmonton snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Ottawa.

Magnus Paajarvi scored his first goal of the season and assisted on Shawn Horcoff’s tally 42 seconds into the third.

Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist for Ottawa and Jason Spezza had two assists.

PENGUINS 8, JETS 5

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Evgeni Malkin added to his NHL-leading point total, scoring a goal and dishing out four assists as Pittsburgh rolled past Winnipeg.

Kris Letang scored twice and had an assist for the Penguins. Richard Park notched his 100th career NHL goal, and Jordan Staal scored in his first game after missing more than a month with a left knee injury. The Penguins won their fifth straight home game.

ISLANDERS 2, KINGS 1, OT

In Uniondale, New York, Mark Streit’s goal 1 minute, 36 seconds into overtime lifted the New York Islanders over Los Angeles.

The Islanders captain split the Kings defense and beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a backhander for this fifth goal this season. Matt Moulson and Andrew MacDonald earned assists.

Lightning 2, Sabres 1

‧ Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 0

‧ Blue Jackets 3, Wild 1

‧ Blues 3, Avalanche 2, OT

‧ Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 0

‧ Flames 3, Canucks 2, SO

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