Nash builds stats vs. Penguins
PITTSBURGH – Rick Nash scored twice to lift his goal total to an NHL-high 28 and the New York Rangers drubbed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Sunday.
Derek Stepan also scored twice for the surging Rangers and Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist as New York improved to 15-3 over its past 18 games.
New York wasted little time taking advantage of Pittsburgh's sloppy play. Nash pounced when a crossing pass from Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter to Kris Letang slipped between Letang's stick and his skates, leading to a two-on-one the other way.
Marc-Andre Fleury couldn't get a piece of Nash's wrist shot over the blocker and the Rangers were up 1-0 just 26 seconds in.
Brassard made it a two-goal game less than six minutes later, collecting a rebound and beating Fleury to the glove side.
•BROAD SHOULDERS SLUMPING: Cody Eakin, Erik Cole and Shawn Horcoff scored in the third period Sunday, leading the Dallas Stars to a 6-3 victory over the slumping Blackhawks in Chicago. Eakin also had a shorthanded goal in the first as Dallas won for the third time in four games, and first time in four tries against Chicago this season.
•HATS OFF: Henrik Zetterberg scored three goals in the third period for the host Red Wings, who overcame an early three-goal deficit to win 6-4 and hand Buffalo its 11th consecutive defeat.
•JETS TAKE SHOOTOUT: Bryan Little netted a goal in regulation and scored the only goal of the shootout, and the host Winnipeg Jets beat the Coyotes 4-3 for their fourth consecutive victory. The Jets have earned points in the past six games.