NEW YORK — Rick Nash scored two of New York’s three first-period goals, and Henrik Lundqvist won for the fifth time in six outings as the surging Rangers beat the sliding Washington Capitals 4-1 on Sunday night.
The Rangers’ offense broke out for the second straight day, following a 1-0 win over Detroit on Thursday, and recorded four goals for the third time in five games. Lundqvist, who got the day off when New York won 4-1 at Ottawa on Saturday, was sharp again in making 24 saves. He has allowed fewer than three goals in six consecutive starts.
New York, 11-3-1 in its last 15 games, improved to 12-11-3 at home. Washington dropped its fifth straight (0-3-2).
Derek Stepan also scored in the first to chase goalie Philipp Grubauer. Ryan Callahan added a short-handed goal in the second.
Alex Ovechkin netted the only goal for Washington.
Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2, SO
CHICAGO — Patrick Kane scored in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Boston Bruins in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup final.
Jonathan Toews beat Tuukka Rask on the stick side to give the Blackhawks the lead in the tiebreaker, but Brad Marchand’s quick wrist shot got by Corey Crawford, tying it up for the Bruins.
Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year as playoff MVP, then skated toward the net, slowed up for a second and sent a shot past Rask on the stick side to give Chicago the win. The Blackhawks had lost their past seven games that had gone past regulation.
Marian Hossa and Brandon Bollig scored in regulation for Chicago, which beat Boston in six games to win the title last June.
Lightning 5, Hurricanes 3
RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Barberio scored his first two career goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes to move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists, and he and Barberio scored 1:23 apart during the Lightning’s three-goal first period that also included a goal from Nikita Kucherov.
Teddy Purcell also scored for the Lightning, who pulled even with Boston atop the division with 62 points.
Ben Bishop made a career-high 48 saves for Tampa Bay. He shut out the Hurricanes in his only other two appearances in Raleigh, including a 3-0 victory on Nov. 1.
Alexander Semin, Eric Staal and Ron Hainsey each scored after Carolina fell behind 4-0.
Justin Peters gave up three goals on seven shots and exited with 4:53 left in the first.