Reuters / New York
Jacob Markstrom made 16 of his season-high 38 saves in the third period, and Bo Horvat scored the first road power-play goal for Vancouver, who held on for a victory over the host New York Rangers on Sunday.
The Canucks won for the fifth time in six games and rebounded from a 1-0 loss in New Jersey on Saturday. They did so by dominating most of the first 40 minutes before holding on. Vancouver scored all its goals in the opening period when it outshot the Rangers 20-13.
The Canucks held a 37-23 edge in shots on goal before barely having possession of the puck in the third, forcing Markstrom to make several big saves in his first appearance since Oct. 12. Henrik Lundqvist, who slammed his stick in frustration early in the second period, made 40 saves for the Rangers.
Mikael Backlund scored with just over 11 minutes remaining as Calgary Flames rallied for a victory over the Anaheim, handing the Ducks their first home defeat of the season. Cam Talbot stopped 29 shots for the win. Austin Czarnik forced an Anaheim turnover near center ice and sent a pass to Matthew Tkachuk, who found Backlund racing toward goal. Backlund fired a shot that beat Ducks goalie John Gibson (27 saves) to the glove side for his second goal of the season.
Calgary’s Michael Stone had tied the game 1-1 with a goal late in the second period. Jakob Silfverberg scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who fell to 4-1-0 at home and lost for just the third time in nine games to start the schedule.
Zach Parise scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period, and Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist to lead host Minnesota Wild to a win over Montreal Canadiens. Marcus Foligno and Brad Hunt also scored for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the second time in eight games.
Devan Dubnyk finished with 30 saves for the Wild, notching his first win in six starts this season. Keith Kinkaid stopped 29 of 33 shots in net for Montreal.
In another match, Tom Wilson scored a go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and Washington pulled away from the host Blackhawks. TJ Oshie, Nic Dowd, Alex Ovechkin and Lars Eller also scored for Washington, which won its third game in a row. Drake Caggiula, Dominik Kubalik and Patrick Kane scored in a losing effort for Chicago. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 41 saves on 44 shots to earn the victory. Corey Crawford drew the loss in net for the Blackhawks after allowing four goals on 29 shots.
Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine scored in a shootout to give host Winnipeg a victory over Edmonton. The Jets snapped a three-game losing skid while giving coach Paul Maurice his 700th NHL victory.
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