- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Artem Anisimov scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period to lead the Chicago Blackhawks over the New York Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Trevor van Riemsdyk also scored as the Central Division leaders improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games. Scott Darling stopped 33 shots, upping his record to 7-2-2.

Artemi Panarin had two assists and Anisimov had one as Chicago got even with New York following a 1-0 overtime loss at home to the Rangers last Friday.

Jesper Fast scored for the Rangers and Antti Raanta, starting for the fourth straight game, made 24 saves. Raanta had won three consecutive starts, including shutouts in the last two. New York had won four of its last five.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was activated from injured reserve earlier in the day after missing nine games with an upper-body injury.


NEW YORK (AP) - Matt Niskanen scored two goals in the third period to lift Washington over New York for its fifth straight victory.

Brett Connolly and Justin Williams also scored for the Capitals (18-7-3).

Following a five-game winning streak, the Islanders have dropped their last two. New York’s 11-12-5 record is the worst in the Metropolitan Division.

Brock Nelson and Nikolay Kulemin scored for the Islanders, and Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Justin Faulk scored the go-ahead goal 5:56 into the third period and Carolina rallied from three goals down to beat Vancouver.

Jeff Skinner had two goals, with his second starting Carolina’s wild comeback. The Hurricanes scored six goals in the third - including four in a 4:40 span - to erase a 5-2 deficit.

Ron Hainsey and Victor Rask scored 24 seconds apart before Faulk put Carolina back up with a wrist shot that clicked off Nikita Tryamkin on its way past Ryan Miller.

Jordan Staal added an insurance goal with 7:22 left, and Brandon Sutter made it 7-6 with 5:50 to play before Lee Stempniak scored an empty-netter with 57.6 seconds remaining.

Sven Baertschi had two goals and an assist for the Canucks. Baertschi, Alexandre Burrows, Markus Granlund and Ben Hutton all scored during Vancouver’s four-goal second period.

Sebastian Aho scored an early goal for Carolina and Michael Leighton made 13 saves in relief of Cam Ward, who stopped 15 shots.

Miller made 24 saves but was pulled after Faulk’s goal in favor of Jacob Markstrom.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Jack Eichel scored two goals in 2:08 of the second period and assisted on another to lead Buffalo past Los Angeles.

Ryan O’Reilly and Brian Gionta also scored for the Sabres during a four-goal flurry in a 6:13 span of the second.

Eichel set up Evander Kane for an insurance goal late in the third and Sam Reinhart scored into an empty net in the final minute.

Kyle Okposo assisted on three of Buffalo’s goals, giving him 11 points in his last 10 games and a team-high 21 points this season. Okposo played after missing Monday’s practice due to illness.

Robin Lehner made 13 of his 30 saves in the third period and won for just the second time in his last 11 starts.

Jeff Carter scored twice for the Kings, and Anze Kopitar had the other goal. Peter Budaj made 16 saves before being replaced by Jeff Zatkoff in the second period.

The Kings have lost three of four and have not won in Buffalo since Feb. 21, 2003.

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