RYAN McDONAGH'S first-period goal held up and Cam Talbot made 18 saves as the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to six with a 1-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes last night.
The Rangers completed a sweep of the home-and-home weekend series against the Eastern Conference-worst Hurricanes, who lost for the eighth time in nine games.
Talbot is 3-3-1 this season backing up Henrik Lundqvist, with all three of his victories being shutouts.
McDonagh scored his second goal this season 4:10 into the game. He slapped the puck in the slot past goalie Anton Khudobin, who has yet to win this season (0-8-2).
The Rangers' captain has points in seven of 10 games since returning to the lineup Nov. 28 after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury. Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan assisted on McDonagh's latest goal.
The Rangers (17-10-4) have won 10 of their last 13 games to keep pace with Washington in a tight Metropolitan Division race. The Rangers host the Capitals on Tuesday before the 3-day Christmas break.
* At Boston, Loui Eriksson scored 2:14 into overtime, and the Bruins rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3. Dougie Hamilton scored twice for Boston, including a tying goal with 1:31 left in the third after the Bruins pulled goalie Tuukka Rask. Chris Kelly also scored for Boston, and defenseman Zdeno Chara had two assists.
* At Chicago, Patrick Kane had a power-play goal and two assists, leading Antti Raanta and the Blackhawks to a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Raanta made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season. The Blackhawks played with a "CR" on their helmets after assistant equipment manager Clint Reif died unexpectedly earlier in the day. The team said it was "deeply saddened" by the loss and declined further comment while asking for respect for the privacy for Reif's family and friends. Coach Joel Quenneville, fighting back tears during his pregame media availability, said it was a tough day.
* At Edmonton, Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist, and then scored in the shootout to help the Dallas Stars beat the Oilers, 6-5, for their fourth consecutive win. Shawn Horcoff had the winning score in the eighth round of the tiebreaker, and also collected his fifth goal in the first period. Erik Cole and Jamie Benn also scored in regulation for the Stars (14-13-5), who have won five of six.