Matt Calvert and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a team-record eighth straight win — and the longest active streak in the league — with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night in the franchise’s 1,000th game.
Jack Johnson, Derek MacKenzie and Nathan Horton also scored for Columbus.
Sergei Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner as the league’s top goalie, made 26 saves in his first game against his former club.
Brayden Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier scored for the Flyers, playing the second of an unscheduled back-to-back set after a snowstorm in Philadelphia pushed their game, a 3-2 loss to Carolina, to Wednesday.
DUCKS 2, KINGS 1
In Anaheim, California, Patrick Maroon scored the tiebreaking goal on a wraparound late in the second period and the Ducks beat the Kings 2-1 in the prelude to the clubs’ landmark outdoor game this weekend.
Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for Anaheim as the Southern California rivals warmed up for their meeting at Dodger Stadium today with a physical, hard-hitting meeting dominated by the Ducks’ defense.
Dustin Penner scored a power-play goal in the National Hockey League (NHL)-leading Ducks’ 20th victory in 23 games.
Anze Kopitar scored early in the first period and Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for the Kings, who have lost four straight.
BLUES 2, RANGERS 1
St Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period and the Blues got the best of the Rangers in New York.
Alexander Steen also had a goal for the Blues before leaving late in the second period with a lower-body injury. David Backes had two assists and Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves in beating New York’s Henrik Lundqvist in a matchup of Olympic goalies.
New York’s Rick Nash scored his sixth goal in four games — netting at least one in each — but Shattenkirk took advantage of Nash’s slashing penalty, scoring 9 seconds into the power play at 3 minutes, 9 seconds.
Lundqvist made 23 saves in his return from a one-game absence caused by the flu.
HURRICANES 5, SABRES 3
In Buffalo, New York, Alexander Semin had two goals and defenseman Andrej Sekera added a score at 9:50 of the third to lift the Hurricanes over the Sabres.
Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, who overcame three one-goal deficits. Jiri Tlusty sealed the win by scoring into an empty net with one second remaining.
Cody Hodgson, Tyler Ennis and Brian Flynn scored for Buffalo, who dropped to 0-3-2 in their past five games.
PENGUINS 6, ISLANDERS 4
Rookie defenseman Olli Maatta scored the go-ahead goal early in the second period and Evgeni Malkin added an insurance score in the third as the Penguins held on for a wild win over the Islanders in Uniondale, New York.
The Islanders had a five-on-three power play for 50 seconds late in the third, but could not score against backup Jeff Zatkoff, who made 30 saves for the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins (36-13-2).
Brandon Sutter scored an empty-net goal for the Penguins, who trailed 2-0 early and also got goals from Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang.
Michael Grabner, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo had goals for the Islanders.
WILD 2, BLACKHAWKS 1
In Saint Paul, Minnesota, Jason Pominville and Matt Cooke scored first-period goals, Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves and the Wild beat the Blackhawks.