- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Red-hot J.T. Miller scored from in close after the Rangers squandered a two-goal third-period lead and New York came back to beat Buffalo 6-3 Monday night for its eighth straight win over the Sabres.

Derick Brassard scored twice and Mats Zuccarello added a power-play goal after Miller snapped a 3-all tie for the Rangers, who headed into the NHL All-Star break with three wins in four games.

Rookie defenseman Dylan McIlrath and Viktor Stalberg also scored for the Rangers.

Zemgus Girgensons scored twice in a 1:13 span early in the third period to rally Buffalo from a 3-1 deficit. It was his first game after missing four with an upper-body injury.

Brian Gionta also scored for Buffalo, which lost its third straight game overall. Rookie Jack Eichel assisted on both Girgensons’ goals.



STARS 2, FLAMES 1

DALLAS (AP) - Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza scored 80 seconds apart early in the second period and Dallas beat Calgary.

It was only the third win in 11 games this month for the Stars, who closed out a 3-6-2 stretch heading into the All-Star break after leading the Western Conference for much of the season.

The Stars have 67 points, three behind conference and Central Division-leading Chicago.

Benn’s 28th goal of the season came 2:43 in the second, with a little backhanded flip just off the right post. Then Spezza had an open shot off the left post behind Karri Ramo after the goalie had skated up for another shot that was wide.

Ramo stopped 28 shots.

Antti Niemi, making his third straight start for Dallas, had 23 saves.

BLUE JACKETS 5, CANADIENS 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Cam Atkinson had his third-career hat trick and Brandon Saad scored twice to help Columbus beat struggling Montreal to end a three-game losing streak.

Atkinson’s linemates Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner each had three assists and rookie Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 32 shots.

Montreal’s P.K. Subban tied it 2-2 midway through the second, but Columbus scored three goals in the third, including a go-ahead score from Saad 9:06 into the period.

Subban and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal and an assist and Mike Condon made 20 saves for Montreal, which hasn’t won consecutive games since late November.

Columbus played a second straight game without coach John Tortorella after he broke two ribs falling after a collision with a player at practice Friday.

BRUINS 3, FLYERS 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brett Connolly redirected Zdeno Chara’s shot from the point with 1:54 left, lifting Boston over Philadelphia.

Connolly tipped the wobbly shot and one-hopped the puck past Michel Neuvirth for his seventh goal of the season.

Brad Marchand scored a goal for the fifth straight game and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins.

Boston’s Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots in his return from a late scratch Saturday night with an undisclosed injury.

RED WINGS 4, ISLANDERS 2

NEW YORK (AP) - Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser scored 1:11 apart in the second period to lead Detroit over New York.

Brad Richards scored in the first period and Petr Mrazek stopped 27 shots to give the Red Wings their second win in five games (2-2-1). Luke Glendenning added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal Detroit’s third win in the last 11 meetings (3-6-2) against the Islanders.

Brock Nelson and Mikhail Grabovski scored for New York, and Jaroslav Halak had 22 saves while the Islanders lost in regulation for the first time in five games (3-1-1).

Both teams were playing for the last time before the All-Star Game this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee.

COYOTES 2, WILD 1, SO

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Anthony Duclair had the only goal in the shootout, rookie Louis Domingue made 34 saves and Arizona came back to beat Minnesota.

Domingue stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout to help Arizona win its second straight. Antoine Vermette tied it with 1:13 left in regulation on a short-handed goal.

Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves in his final start before heading to his first All-Star Game. Charlie Coyle got his third goal in three games with 9:40 left but was stopped to end the game in the shootout.

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