Sauer scores first goal as Rangers win

Defenseman Michael Sauer scored his first NHL goal on a power play with 5 minutes, 19 seconds left to break a tie, and the New York Rangers went on to beat the host Ottawa Senators, 5-3, on Thursday night.

Elsewhere: Milan Lucic scored two goals and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves to lift the host Boston Bruins to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders. . . . Paul Gaustad had two goals and an assist, Cody McCormick had a goal and two assists, Thomas Vanek scored twice, and Ryan Miller made 26 saves to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-3 win over the visiting San Jose Sharks. . . . Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves, and the host St. Louis Blues broke out of a power-play slump with three man-advantage goals in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. . . . Tomas Vokoun stopped 36 shots and the visiting Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals, 3-0.

Crosby on a tear

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby has at least one point in 17 consecutive games while leading the Penguins on an 11-game winning streak. The 23-year-old has 20 goals and 15 assists, or more points than all but two NHL players have all season. He is on pace for 71 goals and 136 points in an era when 100-point scorers are rare.

Quotable

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle on Wednesday, after Ducks' goalie Curtis McElhinney took a hard point shot by Vancouver's Christian Ehrhoff off the mask and collapsed to the ice while Daniel Sedin put in the rebound to make it 4-3 on the way to a 5-4 shoot-out win for the Canucks: "What's the call when a goalie gets hit in the mask with a slap shot? [The referee] said it was too quick. Four sets of eyes out there. There are two linesmen that are supposed to make the call out there."

- Staff and wire reports