NEW YORK (AP) -Ales Kotalik's power-play goal snapped a third-period tie, and backup Steve Valiquette made 18 saves in the New York Rangers' fourth straight victory, 3-0 over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
New York, 4-0 since a season-opening loss at Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh, earned the victory in Sean Avery's season debut following a knee injury during training camp. Avery played his annoying style and goaded Ducks defenseman Ryan Whitney into a roughing penalty 1:34 into the third, setting up Kotalik's winning score.
Valiquette stopped 11 shots in the second period after a quiet start and earned his fourth NHL shutout and 15th career victory.
Little-used forward Artem Anisimov scored his first NHL goal with 5:38 left during another power play to make it 2-0, with an assist from Avery. That goal was set up by Evgeny Artyukhin's 4-minute, high-sticking penalty.
Dan Girardi sealed the win with a short-handed, empty-netter with 1:59 left.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Kyle Wellwood and Ryan Kesler scored in the shootout to lift Vancouver past Dallas.
Wellwood beat Marty Turco with a deke to open the tiebreaker, Brad Richards was forced wide by a sprawling Roberto Luongo, and Kesler snapped a low shot past Turco's blocker. Luongo, who made 33 saves, stopped Mike Ribeiro to preserve the victory.
Dallas rookie Jamie Benn, from nearby Victoria, scored his first NHL goal to tie the game with 1:33 left in regulation to force overtime.
Kesler also scored in regulation, and Alex Burrows and Willie Mitchell added goals for the Canucks. Ribeiro and Richards scored for Dallas.