Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and John Moore injected instant offense just hours after being acquired by the Rangers, as New York scored a season-high three power-play goals in a surprisingly dominant 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Clowe came to New York on Tuesday night in a trade with San Jose, and Brassard was part of the package New York received on Wednesday in the deal that sent star forward Marian Gaborik to Columbus, Ohio.
Clowe scored two goals — after netting none for the Sharks in 28 games this season — and added an assist, while Brassard had a goal and three assists for the Rangers, who scored three times in the first period and never looked back.
Brian Boyle and defenseman Ryan McDonagh added goals, as Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots in the Rangers’ highest-scoring game of the season.
The Rangers won their second straight home game and moved into a tie with the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders with 39 points at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
FLYERS 5, MONTREAL 3
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wayne Simmonds and Erik Gustafsson scored goals late in the third period to help the Flyers win their third straight game for the first time this season.
With the Flyers trailing 3-2, Simmonds tipped in the puck from the crease for the tying goal. Less than two minutes later, Gustafsson’s pass for Matt Read went off a defenseman and into the net past Carey Price for his 10th goal and a 4-3 lead.
Jakub Voracek scored an empty-netter with 39 seconds left.
Sean Couturier and Simon Gagne also scored for the Flyers. Alexei Emelin, Brandon Prust and David Desharnais scored for Montreal.
SHARKS 4, WILD 2
In San Jose, California, Dan Boyle scored on a spectacular end-to-end rush with a two-man advantage to help San Jose win their sixth straight game.
Marty Havlat got the scoring started for San Jose and Joe Thornton broke a tie with a goal off late in the second period. T.J. Galiardi also scored and Antti Niemi made 31 saves to help the Sharks move into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Charlie Coyle and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who lost for the third time in four games. Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves as Minnesota fell into a tie for the Northwest Division lead with Vancouver.
OILERS 8, FLAMES 2
In Calgary, Alberta, Taylor Hall had a goal and four assists to help Edmonton win their fifth straight game with a rout of Calgary.
With 12 games to go, Edmonton sits eighth in the West, one point up on the St Louis Blues and the Nashville Predators.
Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov scored two goals apiece, while Sam Gagner, Ryan Whitney and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had one goal each for Edmonton.
Matt Stajan had both goals for Calgary. The Flames have lost seven of their last nine to remain second from the bottom in the West and 28th overall.
DUCKS 5, STARS 2
In Anaheim, California, Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, as Teemu Selanne scored his 673rd career goal in Anaheim’s victory over Dallas.
Viktor Fasth made 23 saves and Radek Dvorak scored his first goal for Anaheim in the second of three straight meetings in five days between the Pacific Division-leading Ducks and the last-placed Stars.
Lane MacDermid scored his first NHL goal, as Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots and Kyle Palmieri snapped a 13-game goal drought.