New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Rick Nash's goal with 1:58 remaining in the third period sent the slumping Dallas Stars to a fifth straight regulation loss, a 3-2 setback to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Ryan Callahan and Derick Brassard also tallied in the Rangers' fifth victory in seven games, with Brad Richards contributing a pair of assists and Henrik Lundqvist coming up with 24 saves in the win. Dallas, meanwhile, wrapped up a rough road trip through the New York metro area with its third defeat in as many outings, having fallen to the Islanders and Devils by a combined 8-3 margin to begin the trek. Kari Lehtonen recorded 31 saves in a losing cause, while Cody Eakin and Ryan Garbutt each had a goal and an assist for the Stars.
Final Score: Washington 3, Toronto 2
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Joel Ward scored the winner in the third period to help the Washington Capitals take a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Alex Ovechkin posted a goal and an assist while Nicklas Backstrom also scored for the Capitals, who have won their past two. Michal Neuvirth made 32 stops in the win. Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk each posted a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped their past four games. Jonathan Bernier gave up all three goals on 35 shots.
Final Score: Columbus 3, Carolina 0
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves for his second shutout of the season in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who have won seven straight against Carolina. Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner also lit the lamp. Anton Khudobin turned aside 21-of-24 shots for the Hurricanes, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.