NEW YORK – When Jed Ortmeyer was awarded a late penalty shot, Jaromir Jagr and the rest of the New York Rangers wondered if they could decline it.
“I was thinking we were going to take a power play,” Jagr said with a laugh.
Ortmeyer, known more for blocking pucks than shooting them, made the most of his chance and scored a key goal in the Rangers’ 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
New York held a one-goal lead and was killing a penalty when Ortmeyer broke free and was dragged down from behind by Patrice Bergeron with 2:47 left. The referee pointed to center ice, and Ortmeyer went to the bench to calm his nerves.
“I could barely feel my stick,” said Ortmeyer, who missed the first 40 games this season while recovering from a pulmonary embolism. “You can be a goat real quick there if you don’t put that away.”
Senators 8, Canadiens 3
OTTAWA- Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and four assists, and Chris Kelly had a career-high four points in the Ottawa Senators’ 8-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Dany Heatley added a goal and two assists as Ottawa scored four goals in each of the first two periods to match its season high for goals in a game.
Blues 6, Kings 5
ST. LOUIS – Yutaka Fukufuji made his NHL debut, but allowed Denis Wideman’s power-play goal midway through the third period as the St. Louis Blues beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-5.
Fukufuji, the first Japanese-native to play in the NHL, entered to start the third in relief of Barry Brust. Brust allowed five goals in the first two periods.
Penguins 5, Flyers 3
PHILADELPHIA – Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 for their sixth victory this season against their cross-state rivals.
At least this one was close, with the Flyers rallying from a two-goal deficit to tie the score, unlike some of the previous meetings. The Penguins have twice scored eight goals against the NHL-worst Flyers, and shut them out in the season opener.
Lightning 3, Sabres 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal 7 minutes into the third period, helping Tampa Bay beat suddenly sloppy Buffalo.
Vincent Lecavalier, with his team-leading 27th, and Dan Boyle also scored in extending Tampa Bay’s win streak to a season-best four games.
Preds 4, Blue Jackets 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jerred Smithson had his first career two-goal game and Nashville won its fifth straight.
Paul Kariya and Shea Weber also scored for the Predators, who have won 13 of their last 16.
Canucks 6, Maple Leafs 1
TORONTO – Daniel Sedin, Mattias Ohlund, Trevor Linden, Taylor Pyatt, and Sami Salo scored power-play goals to lead Vancouver.
Roberto Luongo made 35 saves for the Canucks.
The Sedin twins combined for seven points, including a goal and three assists from Daniel.
Devils 2, Islanders 1
UNIONDALE, N.Y.- Scott Gomez scored with 1:20 left in overtime to lift New Jersey.
Miroslav Satan tied the score with 0.7 seconds left on a power
Wings 6, Blackhawks 3
DETROIT – Jason Williams had two goals and Detroit beat Chicago.
Williams scored his second goal at 13:37 of the third period.
Thrashers 4, Hurricanes 3
RALEIGH, N.C. – Slava Kozlov and Marian Hossa scored in the shootout to lift Atlanta.
The Thrashers snapped a five-game losing streak.
Panthers 7, Capitals 3
SUNRISE, Fla. – Stephen Weiss scored three goals for his first career hat trick to lead Florida. Jay Bouwmeester had two goals and two assists for Florida. Chris Gratton and Rostislav Olesz also scored for the Panthers.