Stepan scores three in Rangers win

AP, NEW YORK

Mon, Nov 04, 2013 - Page 19

Derek Stepan scored three goals and Carl Hagelin added two more as the New York Rangers had their best offensive output of the season in a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and grabbed first star honors for New York, who are on a season-high, three-game winning streak.

Hagelin scored the Rangers’ first two goals of the game, while Stepan netted the final three.

Andrej Sekera scored a power-play goal with 37 seconds left in the second period to provide the only offense for the Hurricanes.

In Uniondale, New York, John Tavares, Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Vanek scored second-period goals, while backup Kevin Poulin made 26 saves for his first win of the season as the Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 3-1.

Chicago’s Brandon Bollig, Patrick Sharp and Nick Leddy scored within a 4:55 span in the second period as the Blackhawks extended their winning streak to three games in a 5-1 rout of the Winnipeg Jets.

Corey Crawford stopped 26 shots to earn his eighth win of the season. Niklas Hjalmarsson and Ben Smith also scored, and Marcus Kruger had a pair of assists for the Blackhawks.

Emerson Etem and Corey Perry both scored two goals to lift the Anaheim Ducks over the reeling Buffalo Sabres 6-3, while Brett Connolly and Valtteri Filppula scored in the third period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the St Louis Blues 4-2.

After being embarrassed by Washington at home 24 hours earlier, the Philadelphia Flyers ground out a 1-0 win at the New Jersey Devils, and Deryk Engelland, Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen scored to backup Jeff Zatkoff’s 19 saves in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In Washington, Nicklas Backstrom scored in the first period and added the winning goal in the shootout to lift the Capitals over the Florida Panthers 3-2, while Roberto Luongo made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In other games, the Nashville Predators edged the Sacramento Kings 4-3, the Detroit Red Wings blanked the Edmonton Oilers 5-0, the Colorado Avalanche downed the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 and the Phoenix Coyotes won a shootout to down the San Jose Sharks 3-2.