Blue Jackets tie franchise record with seventh straight win
R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to their franchise-record seventh straight win, a 5-3 victory last night over the Los Angeles Kings.
Nathan Horton scored in his 600th NHL game, Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist and Ryan Johansen also scored for Columbus, with James Wisniewski picking up two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky moved to 8-0 in his past eight starts with 26 saves.
Jeff Carter, Dwight King and Robyn Regehr had goals for the Kings, who have lost three in a row. Mike Richards had two assists.
The Blue Jackets have been surging since getting Horton, who missed the first 40 games after shoulder surgery, and Bobrovsky, who sat out most of December with a strained groin, back on the ice.
They’re 8-1-0 with Horton, a big free-agent signing last summer from Boston, in the lineup.
ISLANDERS 5, RANGERS 3
Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal with 4:38 left, and the Islanders rallied from two goals down for a second straight day and beat the Rangers.
Vanek capped the comeback as the Rangers were trying to kill a penalty for too many men on the ice. Colin McDonald and defenseman Thomas Hickey scored in the second period to get the Islanders even.
Matt Martin scored a rare goal in the first, and Frans Nielsen added an empty-netter. Kevin Poulin made 30 saves in the Islanders’ ninth win in their past 11 road games.
John Tavares had three assists and Kyle Okposo added two in front of a nearly full crowd on a snowy night in New York.
Rick Nash scored twice in the first period for his second straight multigoal game, and Chris Kreider added a goal for the Rangers, who had won three in a row.
Cam Talbot made 32 saves while subbing for Henrik Lundqvist, who missed the game due to illness.
DEVILS 7, BLUES 1
Mark Fayne and Ryan Carter scored 24 seconds apart early in the first period to spark New Jersey Devils over St. Louis.
Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe, Adam Henrique, Damien Brunner and Eric Gelinas added goals and the Devils celebrated a return to the snow-bound Prudential Center after losing three of four on the road. The seven goals were a season high. It was the biggest outburst by the Devils, and the most surrendered by the Blues.
Cory Schneider, 3-0-2 in his past five appearances, made 26 saves.
The game went on as scheduled despite a heavy snowstorm that held the crowd to an announced turnout of 2,000.
Alex Steen scored for the Blues who sported two impressive marks coming in: they were 14-2-1 against Eastern Conference foes and 15-5-3 on the road.
PANTHERS 4, SABRES 3
Ed Jovanovski scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in his 1,100th career game, sparking Florida over Buffalo.
Sean Bergenheim, Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad also scored for Florida, which improved to 4-0-1 in its past five trips to Buffalo. Tom Gilbert set up two goals in helping the Panthers overcome a pair of one-goal first-period deficits and then hang on for the win.
Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots, including 15 shots in the final period to improve to 7-3-2 in his past 12 games.
Drew Stafford scored twice and Steve Ott also scored for the Sabres (13-28-7), who dropped to 0-2-2 in their past four.
SENATORS 2, CAPITALS 0
Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza scored, Craig Anderson made 34 saves and Ottawa beat Washington to hand the Alex Ovechkin-less Capitals their sixth straight loss.
With NHL scoring leader Ovechkin sidelined with an unspecified lower-body injury, Washington generated few quality scoring chances, failing to convert on five power plays.
During their six-game skid, the Capitals have scored just seven goals. It was the third time Washington has been shut out this season, with all the games at home.
Ottawa improved to 7-1-2 in its past 10 games.
STARS 4, WILD 0
Erik Cole and Ray Whitney scored power-play goals, and Dallas stopped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Minnesota.
Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves as Dallas won for the second time in its past 11 games. It was his second shutout of the season and No. 24 for his career.
Jordie Benn scored on a penalty shot, beating Darcy Kuemper at 11:22 of the third period.