NEW YORK, N.Y. - Chris Kreider scored three goals, and 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 multigoal game, and finished his hat trick by tipping in Anton Stralman's shot with his back to the net at 9:38 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.
BRUINS 3, BLUE JACKETS 1
David Krejci added two assists for Eastern Conference-leading Boston, which is 10-2-2 in its past 14 games.
The Bruins haven't lost at home in regulation in 11 games (9-0-2). Boston has 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
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and had three assists to lift the Penguins over the Panthers.
Malkin has four goals and 13 assists during an eight-game point streak.
Thomas also gave up four goals in the Panthers' last game, a 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Florida has lost four of its last five games.
DEVILS 1, SABRES 0, OT
Schneider has won back-to-back games after beating Carolina on Friday night.
Enroth stopped 23 shots for the Sabres.
CAPITALS 3, ISLANDERS 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — 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.
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