Rangers rookie J.T. Miller fumbled his way to a goal in the third round of a shootout and New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
The 20-year-old Miller skated in slowly on Dan Ellis and briefly lost the puck before calmly gathering it and scoring from a tough angle near the goal line. Rick Nash scored in the opening round of the tiebreaker and Henrik Lundqvist stopped both Carolina tries.
The Rangers (14-12-2) moved into ninth place in the Eastern Conference — 2 points behind Carolina (15-11-2), which lost its third straight (0-2-1). It was the Hurricanes’ first shootout of the season.
Lightning 4, Flyers 2 — Teddy Purcell scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and host Tampa Bay beat Philadelphia.
Purcell’s in-close deflection at 9:25 of the third came shortly after the Lightning killed off a shorthanded situation. Ondrej Palat, Tom Pyatt, and Steven Stamkos also scored for Tampa Bay, which is 12-1 when leading after the first period.
Blackhawks 5, Avalanche 2 — Ray Emery stopped 17 shots to remain unbeaten this season, Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and visiting Chicago held off Colorado.
Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw scored 57 seconds apart in the first period, Brent Seabrook contributed another and Jonathan Toews added a late insurance goal for Chicago.
Stars 4, Flames 3 — Loui Eriksson scored twice and Eric Nystrom and Erik Cole also scored as host Dallas beat Calgary to snap a four-game losing streak.
Ducks 5, Sharks 3 — Emerson Etem had his first NHL goal and defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored two goals as Anaheim beat San Jose for its 12th consecutive home victory.
Wild 3, Canucks 1 — Charlie Coyle scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves and Minnesota took sole possession of the Northwest Division lead with a win in Vancouver, British Columbia.