Nash's hat trick gives Rangers OT win
SUNRISE, FLA. – Rick Nash scored 2:01 into overtime for his third goal of the game, lifting the New York Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.
Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves as the Rangers bounced back after a loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday night halted their nine-game winning streak.
Nash's winning goal came on the power play when his wrist shot from the right circle got past Roberto Luongo to give the Rangers their seventh straight win against the Panthers — and fourth consecutive against Luongo.
Down two goals, the Panthers scored twice in the final 2:28 of regulation to send the game into overtime.
The Panthers' Nick Bjugstad, former Blaine prep star, tied the score 1-1 at 6:46 of the second.
•BACK ON TRACK: Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist, and Ben Bishop made 30 saves as host Tampa Bay blanked Anaheim 5-0. The generally prolific Stamkos had no goals over his previous three games. Bishop is now 5-0-1 against the Ducks.
•ST. LOUIE BLUES: Teemu Pulkkinen scored with 18.8 seconds remaining in OT to give Detroit a 4-3 win over the Blues in St. Louis. The Red Wings have won three of their past four.
•BIG BUFF TIES GAME: Chris Thorburn scored shorthanded with 8:51 left to lift Winnipeg over Arizona 3-2 at home. Dustin Byfuglien also scored — knotting the score 2-2 in the second — to help the Jets earn consecutive wins for the first time since Oct. 31.
•TWO IN A ROW: Craig Anderson made 36 saves to post his second consecutive shutout as Ottawa beat Philadelphia 4-0 at home. Former Wild player Nick Schultz played his 100th game as a Flyer.
•28TH CAREER SHUTOUT: Zdeno Chara scored at 16:17 of the third period and Tuukka Rask held on for his second shutout of the season, leading Boston to a 2-0 victory over Toronto at home. It was Rask's 28th career shutout.
•AVS' GOALIE WOES: Alex Ovechkin scored his 10th goal of the season and host Washington used a four-goal first period to beat Colorado 7-3. Avalanche goalie Reto Berra gave up four goals for the third straight game and was pulled after the first period.