PITTSBURGH — Brandon Sutter scored twice in the final seven minutes to cap a furious rally and the Pittsburgh Penguins slipped past the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Chris Kunitz started Pittsburgh’s third-period surge with his 18th goal of the season and Sutter beat Boston’s Anton Khudobin twice in less than four minutes, including the game-winner with 2:03 remaining.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 14 shots for the Penguins, who broke loose late against the NHL’s best defensive team.
Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin scored first-period goals for the Bruins. Khudobin made 31 saves and the Bruins kept Pittsburgh’s high-powered offense in check until the final minutes of a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams.
Sabres 3, Rangers 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Marcus Foligno scored twice and backup goalie Jhonas Enroth made 18 of his 32 saves in the third period of the Buffalo Sabres’ win over the New York Rangers.
Enroth, who started because Ryan Miller was sidelined because of a sinus infection, earned his first victory since a 5-1 win over Washington on Nov. 26, 2011. He was 0-9-3 in 16 appearances since then.
Foligno’s first goal made it 1-1 at 5:35 of the second period. His second gave the Sabres a 3-1 lead with 8:12 left in the game.
Thomas Vanek also scored for Buffalo (10-14-3), which returned home after going 0-2-2 on a season-high, four-game road trip.
Derek Stepan scored a short-handed goal for the Rangers (13-10-2), who lost for just the second time in seven games. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves.
Hurricanes 4, Capitals 0
WASHINGTON — Riley Nash scored twice, Joe Corvo put one in off the goaltender’s mask, and Justin Peters got his second career shutout as the surging Carolina Hurricanes beat the slumping Washington Capitals, taking the first leg of a key home-and-home series between the Southeast Division rivals.
Patrick Dwyer added an empty-net goal, and Peters made 26 saves for the Hurricanes, who have won six of seven and have a 10-point lead over the Capitals, whose struggles are one of the big surprises of the lockout-shortened season. The division is essentially becoming a two-team race between Carolina and the Winnipeg Jets.
The Capitals lost their third straight — all by at least a three-goal margin.
Canucks 2, Blue Jackets 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mason Raymond scored the only goal in the shootout, and seldom-used Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots through overtime to lead the Vancouver Canucks past the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Luongo, playing in his second game in 16 days, stopped all three Blue Jackets in the shootout.
Raymond, shooting second for Vancouver, scored when he came to a quick stop, got goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on the ice, and then easily tapped a backhander into the net.
Jason Garrison had the lone goal for the Canucks, who had lost four straight (0-2-2).
Mark Letestu scored the lone regulation goal for the Blue Jackets, who matched a franchise record by earning a point in an eighth consecutive game (5-0-3). Their five-game winning streak ended, one short of tying the franchise mark.
Lightning 3, Panthers 2
SUNRISE, Fla. — Steven Stamkos snapped a third-period tie with his NHL-leading 20th goal, and the Tampa Bay Lightning held on to beat the Florida Panthers despite recording only 13 shots.
Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis also scored for the Lightning, and Anders Lindback made 37 saves. St. Louis added had two assists.
Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kopecky had goals for the Panthers. Jacob Markstrom stopped 10 shots in the loss.
Jets 5, Maple Leafs 2
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Blake Wheeler scored twice and Ondrej Pavelec made 24 saves to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Nik Antropov, Kyle Wellwood and Evander Kane also scored for the Jets, who have won three of their last four games. Dustin Byfuglien had three assists and Antropov had two.
Phil Kessel scored both goals for Toronto, which is winless in three straight.
The Jets outhustled and outmuscled the Leafs while getting solid goaltending from Pavelec.
The last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference was again in sight for the Jets, who were tied with the New York Rangers at 28 points apiece, following the Rangers’ 3-1 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday night.
Blues 4, Sharks 2
ST. LOUIS — Rookie Jake Allen made 39 saves, Chris Stewart led a balanced attack with two goals, and the St. Louis Blues beat San Jose for their second win over the Sharks in three nights.
Brent Burns scored his first in his season debut at forward and Dan Boyle had a late power-play goal for the Sharks, who have lost four in a row and have dropped 10 of 12 to the Blues, including the first round of the playoffs last season.
The Blues overcame a two-goal deficit in a 4-3 overtime victory Saturday night in San Jose and clinched this one on Stewart’s empty-netter with 1:16 to go, four seconds after goalie Antti Niemi was pulled.
Allen has won six of his first seven career NHL starts, also besting the Sharks in San Jose.
Ducks 2, Wild 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Luca Sbisa scored the winning goal with 3:04 left in the third period, Jonas Hiller made 30 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied for a victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Patrick Maroon also scored for the Ducks, who have won four straight and gotten points in eight consecutive games.
Devin Setoguchi scored for the Wild.