NEW YORK (AP) - Ryan Callahan scored a career-high four goals and five points and the New York Rangers finally found some success at home in a dominating 7-0 victory over the sliding Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Callahan, who had nine previous two-goal games and two four-points outbursts in the NHL, scored twice in the first period when New York built a 2-0 lead, added another in the second when the edge grew to 4-0, and netted his 20th of the season in the third with a goal off his skate.
New York got top-line forward Marian Gaborik back in the lineup for the first time in seven games following a concussion. He didn't get on the score sheet, and it didn't matter. Mats Zuccarello added two goals and Artem Anisimov also scored for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game losing streak at home while wearing their road whites at Madison Square Garden for the first time this season.
Callahan, who added an assist in the third period, has 10 goals and six assists in 16 games since returning from a broken hand on Feb. 1. Henrik Lundqvist was sharp, making 24 saves in his NHL-leading ninth shutout.
New York, seventh in the Eastern Conference, leads eighth-place Buffalo by two points. The sluggish Flyers have dropped a season-worst four in a row and are in danger of losing their hold on first place in the East.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Alexander Semin scored 28 seconds into overtime for Washington.
Nicklas Backstrom and Boyd Gordon also scored to help the Capitals take the Southeast Division lead.
The Capitals, the division champion he last three years, are in first place for the first time since Dec. 29. Washington has 82 points, one more than Tampa Bay heading into their showdown Monday night in Tampa.
Goalie Michal Neuvirth made 32 saves, extending his Capitals rookie record with his 22nd victory.
The victory was Washington's fourth in a row, the team's longest winning streak since Nov. 24-Dec. 1.
Bill Thomas and David Booth scored for Florida. The Panthers have a season-high five-game losing streak.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Drew Stafford scored 46 seconds into overtime for Buffalo, picking up the puck at the Minnesota blue line, going around Brent Burns and tucking the puck under goalie Jose Theodore's leg.
Jason Pominville and Rob Niedermayer also scored to help Buffalo move into eighth place in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of Carolina for the final playoff spot.
The Sabres are 6-0-1 in their last seven road games, the first time they've earned points in seven straight road games since opening the 2006-07 season by winning an NHL-record 10 straight away from home.
Warren Peters and Marek Zidlicky scored for Minnesota, which has lost three of four. The Wild earned a point for advancing to overtime to move into a tie for ninth in the Western Conference with Anaheim and Nashville, a point behind eighth-place Los Angeles.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Brian Rolston scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give surging New Jersey its 20th victory in 24 games (20-2-2).
Blake Comeau tied it for New York with 3:42 left in regulation, firing a loose puck from the low slot past Martin Brodeur for his 18th goal this season.
Ilya Kovalchuk, who also scored in the shootout, broke a 1-1 tie with a goal at 2:52 of the final period when he moved in and beat Al Montoya over his glove with a high wrist shot.
Rolston also scored for the Devils in regulation, and Brodeur stopped 20 shots.
Josh Bailey added a goal for the Islanders.
The Devils, 30-31-4 overall, are eight points behind eighth-place Buffalo in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.