NEW YORK (AP) -Sean Avery scored two power-play goals and drew a pair of penalties in his most effective game of the season, leading the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Nik Antropov also scored a man-advantage goal for the Rangers, who matched their season high with three power-play tallies on nine chances to split the weekend home-and-home series. New York, which began the day eighth in the Eastern Conference, moved within four points of fourth-place Philadelphia. The teams have two meetings remaining.
Fredrik Sjostrom scored a wraparound goal at even strength to make it 4-1, giving the Rangers their fifth win in nine games (5-3-1) since John Tortorella replaced fired coach Tom Renney. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for his 31st win, allowing only Simon Gagne's power play goal in the second.
Avery staked the Rangers to a 1-0 lead in the first period, stretching his goal streak to three games, and added his second in the third period while New York enjoyed a 5-minute power play. Avery has four goals in seven games since rejoining New York, topping the three he had in 27 games earlier this season with Dallas.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Chris Osgood made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season and 49th of his career, and Detroit became the first team in NHL history to top 100 points in nine straight seasons.
Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and an assist, and Marian Hossa and Mikael Samuelsson also scored for Detroit, the NHL leader with 101 points.
The victory came eight days after the Blue Jackets humiliated the reigning Stanley Cup champions 8-2 on their own ice, with Osgood surrendering seven goals - also on 23 shots. The Red Wings broke a tie with Montreal (1974-75 through 1981-82) for the NHL mark for consecutive 100-point seasons.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sergei Gonchar and Chris Kunitz scored 18 seconds apart early in the third period, and Petr Sykora added the winner to help Pittsburgh move ahead of Montreal for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Pittsburgh overcame 3-2 and 2-1 deficits to beat conference-leading Boston for the second time in six games. The Penguins picked up at least one point for the 10th consecutive game, going 8-0-2 during a run that began with a seven-game winning streak.
Kunitz also scored in the first period, and Bill Guerin and Jordan Staal added goals. Phil Kessel, Mark Recchi, Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder scored for Boston.
CHICAGO (AP) - Peter Mannino made 40 saves in his first NHL start, and defenseman Mark Streit had two power-play goals and an assist for New York.
Richard Park and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Islanders, 6-2-1 in their last nine games. New York was 3-for-7 on the power play.
Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg scored for Chicago, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 15 saves in his first game since aggravating a groin injury in Atlanta on Feb. 11.