Rangers 4, Devils 2
NEW YORK -- Brendan Shanahan scored his NHL-leading seventh goal of the season, and the New York Rangers outlasted the New Jersey Devils. Shanahan, who came to the Rangers after netting 40 goals last season with Detroit, has scored in all but one of New York's six games. New York coach Tom Renney is maximizing what he has in the seven-time All-Star, who despite 605 NHL goals is way more than just a point grabber. "My scoring is getting a lot of attention but I really go out and concentrate on playing a complete game," Shanahan said. "I get just as much of a rush out of making defensive plays or killing off a penalty. I just feel very involved." Aaron Ward and Jason Ward also scored in the second period. Martin Straka's third goal with 3:18 left sealed it for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves and threw his stick into the crowd after being chosen as the game's first star. New Jersey, which had a 7-1 advantage in power plays, got goals from Scott Gomez and rookie Travis Zajac. "It's nice when you appreciate your opponent because they will either bring out the best or the worst in you," said Renney, who called the disparity in penalty calls "brutal." Martin Brodeur made 25 saves. Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves and threw his stick into the crowd after being chosen as the game's first star.
Hurricanes 5, Lightning 1
TAMPA, Fla. -- Justin Williams had three goals and an assist, and Cam Ward made 34 saves for defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina, which has won three straight after starting the season 0-3-1. Williams scored twice during a three-goal second period that put Carolina up 4-0. The right wing completed his first career hat trick with a rebound, power-play goal 37 seconds into the third. Rod Brind'Amour and Eric Belanger also scored for the Hurricanes. Ward stopped Martin St. Louis on two breakaways in the first. He also made second-period saves on in-close shots by St. Louis and Brad Richards. Nikita Alexeev scored the Lightning goal late in the third. Tampa Bay goalie Marc Denis was pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots through two periods. The Lightning have lost four of five.
Predators 2, Islanders 1, SO
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Steve Sullivan scored in regulation and a shootout to help Nashville win its second straight game. Paul Kariya ended the shootout with a goal after the Islanders chose to shoot first and had misses by Miroslav Satan and Viktor Kozlov. Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves for Nashville. Mike Sillinger scored in regulation for New York, which got 32 saves from Mike Dunham. He has made three consecutive starts while starter Rick DiPietro recovers from a groin injury.
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