National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Updated: April 4, 2013

Final Score: NY Rangers 6, Pittsburgh 1

New York, NY (Sports Network) – After trading away their primary goal scorer from the previous three seasons, the New York Rangers put up their highest offensive output of the year with plenty of the help from a few of his replacements. Ryane Clowe scored two goals and assisted on another in a dazzling Rangers debut, while Derick Brassard delivered a four-point night just hours after being acquired by the club to help New York register a 6-1 rout of the suddenly slumping Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Brassard, one of three players who came over from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for three-time 40-goal scorer Marian Gaborik during Wednesday’s trade deadline, tallied once and recorded three assists in New York’s first six-goal effort of the season. Defenseman John Moore, also part of the Gaborik deal, lit the lamp as well in his first outing as a Ranger. Brian Boyle also racked up a goal and three helpers for New York, which was coming off another strong performance in Monday’s 4-2 home victory over Winnipeg, while Henrik Lundqvist turned back 26-of-27 shots.

Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Montreal 3

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Philadelphia Flyers scored three times in the final 5:06 of the third period and continued their playoff push with a 5-3 come-from-behind win over the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal grabbed a 3-2 lead after Brandon Prust and David Desharnais tallied 20 seconds apart late in the second period. The Canadiens then appeared to sit back and the Flyers continued to apply the pressure before finally breaking through in the latter stages of the contest. Ilya Bryzgalov faced only two Montreal shots in the third and finished with 14 saves for the Flyers, who have won three straight games for the first time this season and are four points out of a playoff spot. Carey Price stopped 29 shots for Montreal, which has dropped five straight at the Wells Fargo Center. The Northeast Division-leading Canadiens had their winning streak snapped at three games.

Final Score: Edmonton 8, Calgary 2

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) – Nail Yakupov and Jordan Eberle each scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers eased past the Calgary Flames 8-2 on Wednesday. Taylor Hall had a goal and four assists, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added a goal and three helpers, and Ryan Whitney and Sam Gagner each tallied a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who moved into eighth place in the Western Conference with 39 points following the win. Edmonton now holds a one-point edge in the standings over the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators. Devan Dubnyk turned away 15-of-17 shots in the win. Matt Stajan scored a pair of goals less than three minutes apart in the first period for the Flames, losers in three straight. Joey MacDonald made 31 saves, but allowed all eight goals in the setback.

Final Score: Anaheim 5, Dallas 2

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Ryan Getzlaf registered a goal and two assists, as the Anaheim Ducks downed the Dallas Stars for the second time in three days with a 5-2 decision on Wednesday at Honda Center. Teemu Selanne, Radek Dvorak, Kyle Palmieri and Andrew Cogliano each scored once for the Ducks, who defeated the Stars 4-0 on Monday in Dallas. Viktor Fasth stopped 23-of-25 shots for Anaheim, which has won three of four overall. Erik Cole and Lane MacDermid donated a goal apiece, while Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 26 shots for the Stars, who have lost three straight and sit four points back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Final Score: San Jose 4, Minnesota 2

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) – Joe Thornton scored the game-winning goal in the second period to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Martin Havlat, Dan Boyle and T.J. Galiardi also tallied for the Sharks, winners in six straight. Antti Niemi turned away 31 shots in the triumph. Charlie Coyle and Dany Heatley lit the lamp for the Wild, who are currently tied atop the Northwest Division standings with the Vancouver Canucks with 44 points. Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves but allowed all four goals in the setback.