NEW YORK - Brendan Shanahan scored early in overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens last night, extending New York's winning streak to three games.
Shanahan was sprung on a breakaway by Chris Drury. He skated straight down on Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet and sent a 15-foot wrist shot over the goalie's left shoulder 1 minute, 6 seconds into the extra period.
Drury tied the game with 5:51 left in regulation when he found a loose puck at the top of the crease and flipped it over a prone Huet.
Dan Girardi, who assisted on Shanahan's goal, and Jaromir Jagr also scored for the Rangers, who got 18 saves from Henrik Lundqvist.
Andrei Kastsitsyn scored two power-play goals for Montreal, and linemate Tomas Plekanec also scored. Huet wound up with 17 saves as Montreal closed out a six-game road trip at 3-2-1.
Girardi put the Rangers ahead by 1-0 just past the halfway point of the first period. Open at the right point, he took Scott Gomez's pass and beat Huet with a screened wrist shot. Girardi's seventh goal of the season came at 10:14.
Gomez extended his point-scoring streak to a dozen games with the assist.
Kings 3, Blackhawks 2
CHICAGO - Dustin Brown scored his second goal of the game in overtime to give Los Angeles the win over Chicago.
Brown skated down left wing, cut to the net, and beat Nikolai Khabibulin with a low shot at 3:31.
Brown and Kyle Calder connected in the third period to rally the Kings from a 2-0 deficit and force overtime.
Los Angeles won its second straight game. The Kings ended an eight-game losing streak Saturday with a 3-1 win in Colorado.
Rookies Jonathan Toews and Jacob Dowell scored in regulation for the Blackhawks, whose four-game winning streak ended.
Toews leads all NHL rookies with 15 goals and is second only to teammate Patrick Kane in points by a first-year player.
Canucks 2, Ducks 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Daniel Sedin and Matt Cooke scored as Vancouver edged struggling Anaheim.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks lost two of three on their post-Christmas swing through western Canada, beating Edmonton on Thursday before falling to Calgary on Saturday. They are just two games above .500 heading into the new year.