Chris Kreider scored three goals, while Rick Nash added a goal and two assists as the New York Rangers spoiled the return of former coach John Tortorella by rolling to a 5-2 victory over his Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
Kreider netted two in the first period for his first NHL multi-goal game, and finished his hat-trick by tipping in Anton Stralman’s shot with his back to the net at 9 minutes, 38 seconds of the third. Kreider had scored only five goals — three this season — in his first 43 career games.
His effort brought a rain of hats onto the Madison Square Garden ice.
Nash and defenseman Michael Del Zotto connected in the second against starting goalie Roberto Luongo and backup Eddie Lack to turn the much-anticipated game into a rout.
David Booth and Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver.
BRUINS 3, BLUE JACKETS 1
In Boston, Milan Lucic scored a pair of goals, while Patrice Bergeron added another, lifting the Bruins to a victory over the Blue Jackets.
David Krejci added two assists for Eastern Conference-leading Boston, who are 10-2-2 in their past 14 games.
Boston’s Chad Johnson needed only 13 saves for the win in just his fifth start. No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask was given the night off.
The Bruins have not lost at home in regulation in 11 games (9-0-2). Boston have won all three meetings between the teams this season.
Ryan Johansen scored a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, who were outshot 36-14.
PENGUINS 5, PANTHERS 1
In Sunrise, Florida, Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and had three assists to lift the Penguins over the Panthers.
Jussi Jokinen, James Neal, Chris Kunitz and Joe Vitale also scored goals for Pittsburgh, who won their third straight game. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 39 shots, including 15 in the first period.
Malkin has four goals and 13 assists during an eight-game point streak.
Scottie Upshall scored for Florida and Tim Thomas allowed four goals on 13 shots. Thomas was replaced by Scott Clemmensen to start the third period. Clemmensen made eight saves.
Thomas also gave up four goals in the Panthers’ last game, a 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Florida have lost four of their past five games.
DEVILS 1, SABRES 0, OT
In Newark, New Jersey, Steve Bernier scored at 4:19 of overtime and Cory Schneider made 15 saves and the Devils shut out the Sabres.
Schneider has won back-to-back games after beating Carolina on Friday night.
Andy Greene stole the puck and passed it to Bernier, who beat Jhonas Enroth with a high shot for the Devils.
Enroth stopped 23 shots for the Sabres.
CAPITALS 3, ISLANDERS 2, OT
In Uniondale, New York, Alexander Ovechkin scored at 2:07 of overtime to lift the Capitals to a victory over the Islanders.
Ovechkin’s goal came after Washington tied the game with a short-handed goal by Nicklas Backstrom 49 seconds left in the third period.
The Islanders seemed poised for their first win in six games after Thomas Vanek gave them a 2-1 lead with just under two minutes left.
The loss was the sixth straight for the Islanders and their 11th defeat in 13 games.
The goal was Ovechkin’s 21st of the season. Braden Holtby made 37 saves for the Capitals.
BLACKHAWKS 5, COYOTES 2
In Glendale, Arizona, Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist in a dominant first period, while Antti Raanta made 32 saves for his second NHL win as Chicago beat Phoenix to complete an impressive road trip.