NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Galchenyuk snapped a tie early in the third period and the Montreal Canadiens held on for their fifth consecutive win, 3-1 over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Montreal had 18 shots and made the most of very little offense against Henrik Lundqvist.
The Canadiens tied it late in the second on Max Pacioretty's goal and went ahead for good when Galchenyuk matched Pacioretty with his second of the season 1:48 into the third.
Carey Price was only slightly busier than Lundqvist, making 24 saves for his third win during Montreal's surge. Peter Budaj won the previous two, including a 3-0 home victory over Carolina on Monday.
Raphael Diaz added an empty-net goal with 1:06 remaining for the Canadiens, who have outscored opponents 15-5 during their streak.
Defenseman Anton Stralman netted his second of the season in the second period, but it wasn't enough for the Rangers, who played without top-line forward Rick Nash (undisclosed injury) and had a five-game point streak snapped (4-0-1).
LIGHTNING 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored his 10th goal and Benoit Pouliot had three assists as Tampa Bay beat Toronto.
Vincent Lecavalier, Alexander Killorn and Matthew Carle also scored for the Lightning, who have won two in a row after an 0-5-1 skid.
Toronto goalie Ben Scrivens had his bid for a third consecutive shutout thwarted midway through the first period on Lecavalier's goal. The Maple Leafs, 7-3-0 on the road this year, got goals from Mikhail Grabovski and James van Riemsdyk.
JETS 2, SABRES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves to help Winnipeg snap a three-game skid with a win over Buffalo.
Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little scored for the Jets, who won for the third time in 10 games while opening a season-high five-game road swing.
Jason Pominville scored for Buffalo, once again booed by its home crowd. The Sabres are 4-10-1 in their past 15 and have dropped consecutive home games for the first time since last February.
SENATORS 3, ISLANDERS 1
OTTAWA (AP) - Andre Benoit and Dave Dziurzynski scored their first NHL goals, and Craig Anderson made 37 saves to lead Ottawa over New York.
Colin Greening also scored for the Senators.
Travis Hamonic scored for the Islanders, who got 23 saves from Rick DiPietro in his third start this season.
PREDATORS 4, RED WINGS 3, OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shea Weber scored 44 seconds into overtime to give Nashville a victory against slumping Detroit.
Craig Smith, Gabriel Bourque and Roman Josi also scored for the Predators, who had lost their last two games. The Red Wings have dropped four straight.
Daniel Cleary, Jordin Tootoo and Pavel Datsyuk had the Detroit goals.
Coming down the right side, Weber collected the rebound of Colin Wilson's shot and beat a diving Jonas Gustavsson, who replaced injured goalie Jimmy Howard midway through the first period.
SHARKS 2, BLUES 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Antti Niemi made 25 saves and Tim Kennedy scored in the third period to help San Jose end a seven-game losing streak with a victory over St. Louis.
The Sharks' skid was their longest since a 10-game slide in November 2005.
Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which began the season with a franchise-record seven successive wins.
St. Louis has dropped five consecutive home games. The Blues also had a three-game winning streak halted. They were coming off a 3-0 road trip with wins in Detroit, Calgary and Vancouver.
Kennedy scored the go-ahead goal at 13:02 on a shot from the left faceoff circle that eluded goalie Jake Allen, who had won the first three starts of his career.
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