Kings crowned in overtime against Rangers
NEW YORK – Tanner Pearson's goal with 1:50 left in overtime powered the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers.
Anze Kopitar recorded a hat trick, and Marian Gaborik added a goal for Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles, which has won three of its last five.
Peter Budaj made 24 saves in his season debut start. Budaj, who spent the season with the Kings' AHL farm team in Ontario, Calif., last played in the NHL on May 17, 2014. Budaj allowed three goals on eight shots then, a 7-2 Rangers win.
Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello each finished with a goal and an assist for New York, which lost for the first time since Feb. 2. Viktor Stalberg and Derek Stepan also scored for the Rangers.
•GETTING THE POINT: Shane Doan had two goals and an assist to become Arizona's franchise leader with 931 career points, and the host Coyotes beat the weary Flames 4-1.
•STREAK STOPPERS: The host Sabres stopped a four-game skid with their 6-4 victory over the Canadiens, who saw defenseman P.K. Subban's streak of contributing to the team's past 12 power play goals end.
•LOSING CELEBRATION: The Penguins beat the host Hurricanes 2-1 in a game that was part of Pittsburgh's three-day celebration for the 10th anniversary of their 2006 Stanley Cup championship.
•LIGHTNING STRIKES BACK: Steven Stamkos scored the tying goal late in the third period, Tyler Johnson won it 1:04 into overtime and the host Lightning beat the Predators 4-3.
•SHOT DOWN: Semyon Varlamov made 43 saves, and Blake Comeau scored in both the third period and the shootout to lift the Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the host Red Wings.
•WELL-ROUNDED BLUES: David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Robby Fabbri scored in the first period, and the Blues cruised to a 5-3 win over the host Panthers.
•SABRE SCRATCHED: Buffalo placed Daniel Catenacci (concussion) on injured reserve.