Surging Rangers topple Canadiens for 4th straight

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MONTREAL – Matt Cullen scored his second goal of the game with 6:05 remaining and the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to four with a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves for the streaky Rangers, whose surge has come after a seven-game skid. New York defenseman Michal Rozsival, who assisted on Martin Straka’s 22nd goal in the second, gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead just 38 seconds into the third.

Lundqvist made his seventh straight start since being sidelined for four games because of the flu.

The illness is now taking a toll on the Canadiens, who were without captain Saku Koivu – their leading scorer with 39 points – and right wing Guillaume Latendresse.

Devils 3, Senators 2

OTTAWA – Brian Gionta scored twice and New Jersey got strong goaltending from Martin Brodeur in a victory over Ottawa.

Zach Parise also had a goal for the Devils and Brodeur stopped 33 shots. The Senators, who had won five of six, failed to earn a point for the first time in seven games.

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Erik Cole scored two goals and Carolina snapped out of its scoring slump by beating New York.

Justin Williams had his team-leading 20th goal and an assist, and Eric Staal scored his first goal in 10 games for the Hurricanes, who were shut out in their previous two games. Carolina scored its first three goals in a 4-minute, 29-second span and sent the Islanders to their season-worst sixth straight loss.

Sabres 4, Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO – Daniel Briere, Ales Kotalik and Chris Drury had a goal and assist each, and Buffalo held on for a victory over Toronto.

Dmitri Kalinin also scored for the Sabres, who avoided their first three-game losing skid of the season.

Capitals 3, Thrashers 2, OT

WASHINGTON – Alexander Semin scored his second goal of the game with 17.7 seconds remaining in overtime, pushing Washington past Atlanta.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Glen Metropolit scored for Atlanta, which has lost three straight and four of five.

Predators 3, Blues 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jason Arnott scored a power-play goal and assisted on another in Nashville’s win over St. Louis.

Nashville beat St. Louis for the 13th straight time.

Avalanche 2, Wild 1, SO

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Milan Hejduk’s shootout goal beat Manny Fernandez, and Colorado topped Minnesota.

Kyle Cumiskey scored his first career goal and Colorado goalie Peter Budaj matched Fernandez all game long.

with a solid performance. Budaj blocked a shot by Mikko Koivu in the second round, dropping Minnesota to 7-3 in shootouts.

Mikko Koivu scored Minnesota’s only goal in regulation and had another score waved off by a penalty.

The Wild were energized by the return of forward Marian Gaborik, who missed 34 games because of a groin injury, but they lost their second straight at home. They’re still an NHL-best 17-5-1 at home.

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