NHL roundup: Rangers bury the Avalanche

The Rangers’ Marc Staal (right) and Mats Zuccarello (left) congratulate Anton Stralman after his second-period score.
The Rangers’ Marc Staal (right) and Mats Zuccarello (left) congratulate Anton Stralman after his second-period score.

Ryan Callahan heard the Madison Square Garden crowd roar loudly each time he scored for the New York Rangers against Colorado.

Those cheers seemed more special this time because the captain’s run on Broadway could soon be over. The adoration surely sounded much nicer to Callahan than all the recent trade talk.

Callahan shook that off and scored two first-period goals to lead New York to its fourth straight win, 5-1, over the Avalanche on Tuesday night.


Callahan is eligible for free agency after the season, and if he doesn’t reach a new contract agreement with the Rangers before two upcoming trade deadlines, he could be sent packing.

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‘‘I try not to bring that business to the rink,’’ Callahan said. ‘‘I try to concentrate on the Rangers and what we’re doing here. That’s my main focus.

‘‘That is where I want to be, on the ice playing for the Rangers.’’

Callahan staked New York to a 2-0 lead with goals 3:19 apart. Defenseman Anton Stralman added his first of the season in the second period, and Derick Brassard and Brad Richards scored in the third — with an assist from Callahan — in the Rangers’ 10th win in 13 games.

After Callahan was stopped with a chance at a hat trick, Brassard made it 4-1 at 1:58. Richards finished the scoring with 1:36 left.


Senators 5, Blues 4 — Kyle Turris scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout to go with one in regulation as Ottawa won in St. Louis.

St. Louis had a season-high 50 shots but squandered a two-goal cushion in the third period and missed two chances to close it out in the shootout, losing at home to an Eastern Conference opponent for the first time in 10 games this season.

Jason Spezza had his third 3-point game of the season and capped a three-goal flurry in a span of 2:35 that gave Ottawa a 4-3 lead midway through the third period. Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist to give him 53 points, best among NHL defensemen.

Jets 2, Hurricanes 1 — Chris Thorburn scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:03 remaining to lift visiting Winnipeg.

Andrew Ladd also scored for the Jets, who are 9-2-0 since Paul Maurice took over as coach on Jan. 12. Maurice coached 920 games for the Hurricanes franchise during two stints with the team.


Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves for the Jets; Anton Khudobin stopped 25 for Carolina.

Islanders 1, Capitals 0 — Andrew McDonald scored early in the third period and Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves for his 57th career shutout as New York broke a five-game losing streak with a win in Washington.

McDonald’s slap shot from the point went past screened goalie Michal Neuvirth and just under the crossbar with 17:44 to play.

Nabokov, making his third start since returning from a groin injury, posted his second shutout of the season and is 19th on the NHL list.

Canadiens 2, Flames 0 — Rene Bourque scored in the second period against his former team as host Montreal snapped Calgary’s five-game winning streak.

Carey Price made 27 saves in his fourth shutout of the year and second in four games.

Bourque, who was traded to Montreal in January 2012 in a deal that sent Mike Cammalleri to Calgary, scored at 16:15 of the second in his second game against his old team. He was credited with his eighth goal of the season when Brandon Prust’s pass banked off his left leg and past Reto Berra.

Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 1 — Tim Thomas made 20 saves and Brian Campbell had two assists as host Florida snapped a three-game losing streak while handing Toronto its first loss in four games.

Wild 2, Lightning 1 — Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves and Jared Spurgeon had two assists in his return from his left foot injury as host Minnesota defeated Tampa Bay.

Stars 3, Coyotes 1 — Antoine Roussel scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots for visiting Dallas.