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    Roundup: Rangers served well by rookie

    J.T. Miller (left), playing in second NHL game, celebrates his second goal of the night with Ryan McDonagh.
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    J.T. Miller (left), playing in second NHL game, celebrates his second goal of the night with Ryan McDonagh.

    Teenage rookie J.T. Miller scored his first two NHL goals in his second career game to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

    Miller, who won’t turn 20 until March, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 1:29 in and then pushed their advantage to 3-1 in the second period with a rare power-play goal for the club. Marian Gaborik also scored, defenseman Marc Staal had two assists, and Ryan McDonagh added an empty-net goal to give the Rangers their second win in three games.

    New York lost in Miller’s NHL debut Tuesday at New Jersey.


    Blackhawks 6, Coyotes 2 — Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist and Chicago remained the only NHL team without a regulation loss by routing host Phoenix.

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    Viktor Stalberg, Jonathan Toews, and Bryan Bickell each had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks improved to 9-0-2. Dave Bolland also scored for Chicago.

    Martin Hanzal and Raffi Torres scored for the Coyotes. Phoenix pulled goalie Mike Smith after Bickell scored Chicago’s sixth goal with 4:52 left in the second period.

    Kane’s goals both came with a 5-on-3 advantage in the Blackhawks’ four-goal first period. Kane has eight goals and 10 assists on the season.

    Devils 4, Lightning 2 — Ilya Kovalchuk broke a tie with a shorthanded goal late in the second period as host New Jersey won its third straight game.


    Andy Greene and Patrik Elias iced the game with power-play goals 14 seconds apart with less than five minutes to play as the Devils (6-1-3) sent the Lightning to their third consecutive loss. Elias also had two assists.

    Adam Henrique scored for the second game in a row and Martin Brodeur made 17 saves for New Jersey.

    Penguins 5, Capitals 2 — Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to six games with a goal and two assists as host Pittsburgh pounded lifeless Washington.

    Evgeni Malkin also added a goal and two assists while Pascal Dupuis, James Neal, and Matt Cooke scored for the Penguins, who have won five straight.

    Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro scored for Washington but couldn’t stop the NHL’s worst team from losing for the fifth time in its last six games. Michal Neuvirth made nine saves for the Capitals before getting pulled for Braden Holtby, who promptly let in three goals in his first seven minutes.


    Sabres 5, Canadiens 4 — Thomas Vanek scored twice in regulation, including the tying goal with two seconds left, and also came through in the shootout to rally host Buffalo past Montreal.

    Jason Pominville also scored in the shootout and Ryan Miller clinched the victory by making a left pad save to stop Brian Gionta on Montreal’s final opportunity.

    Buffalo rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third period to snap a three-game skid, and win for the second time in nine games.

    Vanek, the NHL’s leading scorer with 10 goals and 21 points, keyed the comeback by scoring both third-period goals, his second coming during a scramble in front at 19:58.

    Maple Leafs 3, Jets 2 — Phil Kessel, who had 37 goals last season, scored his first of the season late in the third period to lift visiting Toronto over Winnipeg.

    Flames 4, Blue Jackets 3 — Alex Tanguay scored on a one-timer 1:07 into overtime to lead visiting Calgary past Columbus in a battle of Western Conference cellar-dwellers.

    Shortly after Columbus threatened on two shots by Fedor Tyutin, the Flames had an odd-man rush and Jarome Iginla saucered a cross-ice setup to Tanguay, who unloaded from the right dot.

    Panthers 3, Flyers 2 — Jonathon Huberdeau and Peter Mueller both scored goals in a shootout to lead visiting Florida over Philadelphia.

    Florida’s Stephen Weiss tied the game at 2 midway through the third period with his first goal of the season.

    Red Wings 5, Blues 1 — Petr Mrazek made 26 saves in his NHL debut to Detroit in St. Louis.

    Canucks 4, Wild 1 — Corey Schneider made 22 saves and Mason Raymond had a power-play goal and an assist in the second period to lead visiting Vancouver to its fourth straight win.

    Hurricanes 3, Senators 2 — Cam Ward made 45 saves and Jay Harrison scored off a scramble in front at 2:19 into overtime to rally Carolina in Ottawa.

    Predators 3, Kings 0 — Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season and Colin Wilson scored twice to lead host Nashville over Los Angeles, which has dropped three of four.