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NHL roundup: Rangers start slow, then rout Penguins

J.T. Miller (right) skated toward the goal while pressured by Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang.
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J.T. Miller (right) skated toward the goal while pressured by Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang.

Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Callahan added his first since returning from a broken thumb as the host New York Rangers matched a season high in goals with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night.

Pittsburgh had won four straight and defeated New York eight times in nine meetings, but Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan scored 1:05 apart late in the first period to put the Rangers ahead. Boyle and Callahan connected within a 2:28 span of the second to send New York to its fourth win in five games.

Derick Brassard made it 5-1 at 9:57 of the third, and Brad Richards had two assists for New York, which rebounded from a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Monday and completed a 3-1 homestand. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves.

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Kris Letang’s power-play goal pulled the Penguins to 3-1 with 5:26 left in the second, but Callahan’s fourth of the season — in his second game back in the lineup — restored the Rangers’ three-goal lead 1:04 later.

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Marc-Andre Fleury, who sat out Pittsburgh’s 3-0 win at Columbus on Saturday, stopped 20 shots.

The Rangers (7-8) scored more than three goals for the second time this season but reached five for the second time in three games. Pittsburgh (11-5) fell to 4-3 on the road and allowed more than two goals for only the sixth time.

New York led, 2-0, when Richards found Boyle streaking down the middle of the Pittsburgh zone for a shot that got past Fleury with 6:50 remaining in the second.

For the opening 18 minutes, the Penguins had everything going their way. But despite controlling the puck, Pittsburgh remained locked in a scoreless tie.

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Predators 6, Avalanche 4 — Colin Wilson had two goals and two assists, Viktor Stalberg added a goal and an assist, and host Nashville kept Colorado a win shy of NHL history.

 The Avalanche (12-2-0) were attempting to set a franchise record and match the 2007-08 Ottawa Senators for the best 14-game start in leauge history.

Blackhawks 4, Jets 1 — Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the first period, leading host Chicago over Winnipeg.

The Blackhawks also got goals from Brandon Pirri and Patrick Sharp in their fourth win in five games. Corey Crawford made 24 saves.

Ducks 5, Coyotes 2 — Hampus Lindholm scored his first NHL goal, Corey Perry got the tiebreaking goal right before the second-period buzzer, and host Anaheim stayed atop the league standings with a victory over Phoenix.