NEW YORK — Rick Nash snapped a tie with 1:58 left, and the New York Rangers sent the Dallas Stars to their fifth straight loss, 3-2 on Friday night.
Nash poked a rebound of Chris Kreider’s shot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen to give New York its first lead of the game.
Ryan Callahan and Derick Brassard both erased one-goal deficits, Brad Richards had two assists, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for the Rangers, who improved to 7-2-1 in their past 10 games.
Ryan Garbutt and Cody Eakin both had a goal and assist, but the Stars remained winless in 2014. Lehtonen stopped 31 shots for Dallas, which went 0-3 on its three-game trip through the New York metropolitan area.
Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves and Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past Carolina, ending the Hurricanes’ season-best five-game winning streak.
Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four.
Playing his first game in front of the home fans after missing the first 40 games due to shoulder surgery, offseason free-agent acquisition Nathan Horton contributed with a first-period hit that led to Jenner’s goal.
The teams came in separated by five points in the Metropolitan Division, with the Hurricanes tied for fourth and the Blue Jackets in seventh.
Capitals 3, Maple Leafs 2
WASHINGTON — Joel Ward scored the go-ahead goal with just over 8 minutes left in the third period, and Alex Ovechkin added a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals edged the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Nicklas Backstrom also scored, and goalie Michal Neuvirth made 32 saves in his first game in seven weeks as the Capitals won on back-to-back nights for the fourth time this year.
It was the fourth straight loss for Toronto after a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Jan. 1 in the Winter Classic. James Van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel each had a goal and an assist. Kessel’s goal was his team-high 21st for the Maple Leafs, who have been outscored 21-7 in the defeats.