Rangers score 4 in 3d to beat Penguins

Erik Christensen and Alex Frolov scored 15 seconds apart Wednesday night to spark a four-goal third period, and the New York Rangers rallied for a 4-1 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to a career-high 20 games when he assisted on Evgeni Malkin's first-period goal for Pittsburgh, but the Penguins lost for the second straight night after winning 12 in a row.

Christensen tied it with 9 minutes, 50 seconds to play, and Frolov gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead by burying his own rebound at 10:25. Artem Anisimov and Brian Boyle scored 34 seconds apart less than five minutes later to ice the Rangers' first win in regulation in Pittsburgh in nearly five years.

Elswhere: Ilya Kovalchuk broke out of a drought with two goals, and Martin Brodeur made 29 saves as New Jersey snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Phoenix in Newark. . . . Ryan Getzlaf scored 4:03 into overtime to give Anaheim a 2-1 win over the host Capitals and send Washington to its seventh straight loss. The Capitals are on their worst skid since Bruce Boudreau became coach a little more than three years ago. . . . Drew Stafford scored three goals for his third hat trick, and Buffalo beat visiting Boston, 3-2. . . . Tuomo Ruutu scored two third-period goals, and Carolina came from behind to beat the Panthers, 4-3, in Sunrise, Fla. . . . Nicklas Lidstrom had three goals and an assist for his first career hat trick to help host Detroit beat St. Louis, 5-2.

In Atlanta, anything to sell tickets?

The attendance-challenged Atlanta Thrashers staged a fake police chase with their mascot to pique interest in the surging team, which has won 10 of 12 games but still ranks 28th in the NHL in fan support.

"Thrash" was picked up by officers in suburban Gwinnett County, Ga., after he supposedly stole a Zamboni from the team's training complex and took off down a busy highway. It was all just a publicity stunt.

Lecavalier is back for Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier returned after missing 15 games because of a right hand injury.

Lecavalier was in the lineup for a 2-1 shoot-out win over the visiting Thrashers. Defenseman Victor Hedman scored the only goal in the fourth round of the shoot-out.

- Associated Press