Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis each scored twice, Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves, and the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to seven games with a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The game matched two of the NHL's hottest teams in their final outing before the Christmas break. Washington had won three in a row, picking up points in nine straight games (7-0-2).
Canadiens 3, Islanders 1 - Carey Price made 37 saves, and Andrei Markov and Brendan Gallagher scored second-period goals as Montreal cooled off New York in Uniondale, N.Y.
Gaudreau's big night
In a city defined by Hollywood star power, Calgary Flames rookie forward Johnny Gaudreau showed the Los Angeles Kings why he might be the NHL's next big thing.
Gaudreau, a South Jersey native, scored twice in the final 2 minutes, 12 seconds of the third period to complete his first career hat trick, Mark Giordano delivered the winning goal in overtime, and the Flames ended an eight-game losing streak by rallying for a 4-3 win over the Kings on Monday night in L.A.
- Associated Press