NEW YORK RANGERS’ Adam Clendening (4) and New York Islanders’ Ryan Strome (18) reach for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday in New York.

NEW YORK RANGERS’ Adam Clendening (4) and New York Islanders’ Ryan Strome (18) reach for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday in New York.


Andrew Ladd scored twice to lead the New York Islanders, 4-2, over the crosstown-rival Rangers.

Anders Lee and Nikolay Kulemin also scored, and Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots to help the Islanders improve to 8-0-2 in their last 10 at home. John Tavares had two assists for his 12th multi-point game of the season.

The Islanders, who swept the four games between the teams a year ago, beat the Rangers for the second time in three meetings this season.

Nick Holden and Jimmy Vesey scored for the Rangers, whose season-high six-game winning streak was snapped. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 19 saves.

Wild 3, Stars 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots, Erik Haula had a goal and an assist and the Minnesota

Wild beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday night.

Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Western Conference leaders. Minnesota hasn’t lost consecutive games in over two months and extended its point streak against the Stars to seven games.

Cody Eakin scored his second goal this season and Kari Lehtonen had 23 saves for the Stars, who have lost seven of eight.

Oilers 6, Flyers 3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists to regain the NHL scoring lead, and Edmonton beat Philadelphia.

Matt Hendricks, Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oscar Klefbom also scored for the Oilers, who have won two straight and three of four. Edmonton moved into a tie with Anaheim for second place in the Pacific Division.

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby took over the scoring lead for a brief moment earlier in the night with his own three-point performance. McDavid has 66 points and Crosby has 64.

Radko Gudas, Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn scored for the Flyers, who have lost two in a row and four of their last five games.

Blues 4, Canucks 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored third-period power-play goals to lift streaking St. Louis over Vancouver.

Magnus Paajarvi and Jori Lehtera also scored, and Kevin Shattenkirk had three assists for the Blues, who won their sixth straight game. Jake Allen made 18 saves.

St. Louis improved to 7-1 since Mike Yeo took over as coach, which is the best start for a coach in Blues history.

Senators 3, Devils 0

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mike Condon made 21 saves in recording his fifth shutout of the season, Dion Phaneuf scored on a power play and Ottawa beat New Jersey.

Erik Karlsson scored on a point shot that crawled into the net and Kyle Turris shot into an empty net in the final four minutes to give the Senators their third win in four games.

Sabres 2, Avalanche 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane scored, Robin Lehner made 23 saves and Buffalo beat Colorado.

The Sabres moved within three points of Toronto for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot. They have won consecutive games for the first time since a threegame winning streak from Jan. 20-24.

Coyotes 5, Kings 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brendan Perlini scored twice, Jordan Martinook added short-handed and empty-net goals in the third period and Mike Smith made 41 saves to lift the Arizona Coyotes over the Los Angeles Kings.

Tobias Rieder scored his 13th goal of the season and Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up a point for the fifth consecutive game with his sixth assist in that span, helping the Coyotes to their fourth win in their last six games.

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