NEW YORK (AP) - Defenseman Matt Gilroy broke a long scoring drought with his first two-goal game in the NHL, and the New York Rangers recorded a season-high 52 shots to cool off the surging New York Islanders with a 7-2 victory Monday night.
As the area dug out of a major blizzard that struck New York on Sunday and into the early hours of Monday, the Rangers handed the Islanders their first loss in four games and snapped their rivals' five-game point streak (4-0-1).
Gilroy gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 44 seconds in and then broke a 2-2 tie in the second against Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson, who was chosen as Monday as the NHL's top star for last week. Gilroy, taking the place of scratched defenseman Michael Del Zotto, had gone 64 games without a goal - dating to Nov. 28, 2009. He has six goals in 91 career NHL games.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Blake Wheeler scored the only goal in the shootout to lead Boston over Florida.
Tim Thomas, who came in leading the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage, made 32 saves. He then stopped Mike Santorelli, Stephen Weiss and Evgeny Dadonov in the shootout.
David Krejci had both regulation goals for Boston. Michael Ryder had two assists.
David Booth and Mike Santorelli scored for the Panthers and Michael Frolik had two assists.
Scott Clemmensen, making his seventh start of the season, stopped 40 shots for Florida.
Boston won for the first time in four shootouts, while Florida dropped to 2-1.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Rick Nash scored in the shootout and had two assists to become Columbus' franchise leader to lift the Blue Jackets past Minnesota.
Steve Mason, who hadn't started since Dec. 16 after getting pulled in three of four outings, returned to the net and stopped 37 shots.
Derick Brassard, Fedor Tyutin and Andrew Murray also scored for Columbus, which scored twice in 41 seconds to take the lead in the third period. Kyle Wilson and Kristian Huselius also scored in the shootout.
Nash now has 206 assists. He is also the club leader in goals (244) and points (450).
Chuck Kobasew had a goal and assist, and Mikko Koivu and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for Minnesota, which has lost two in a row after a three-game winning streak.
Marek Zidlicky added two assists for the Wild, who finished 0 for 7 on the power play.