Puempel, Lundqvist lead Rangers past Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just as they hoped they would, Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers bounced back from a dismal performance.

Matt Puempel scored in his first game with the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves to help New York defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Friday.

Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes also netted goals for the Rangers, who rebounded from Wednesday’s 6-1 home drubbing against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist was lifted after allowing four goals on seven shots in the second period of that one, but he responded with a strong performance against the Flyers to improve to 32-13-4 in his career against Philadelphia.

Shayne Gostibehere and Chris VandeVelde scored in the third period for Philadelphia, which threatened throughout the final period.

The Flyers opened a three-game homestand with a third loss in the last four games.

Sharks 3, Islanders 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick Marleau scored with 22.5 seconds left and San Jose rebounded after allowing the tying goal to New York in the closing minute.

Nick Leddy had tied it for New York with a one-timer off a feed from John Tavares with 57.1 seconds left but the Sharks bounced back quickly.

Brent Burns took a shot from the point that Marleau deflected in the slot past Thomas Greiss for the winner that helped San Jose improve to 7-2 at home this season.

Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns scored 34 seconds apart in the second period and backup Aaron Dell made 26 saves for the Sharks. Dell has earned both of his wins this season against the Islanders

Anders Lee also scored for New York, and Greiss made 25 saves.

Red Wings 5, Devils 4, OT

NEWARK, N.J. — Defenseman Mike Green scored from the right circle at 3:18 of overtime and the Detroit Red Wings handed the New Jersey Devils a rare loss at home with a victory.

Frans Nielsen added two goals, and Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha scored one apiece as the Red Wings won their second straight despite losing goalie Jimmy Howard to a lower-body injury in the first period.

Petr Mrazek finished and allowed three goals in relief.

John Moore, Mike Cammallieri, Pavel Zacha and Adam Henrique scored for the Devils (7-0-2).

They have not lost at home in regulation this season.

The Red Wings started the overtime on a power play and the game ended with the teams playing 4-on-4 because the clock never stopped during the extra session.

Blackhawks 3, Ducks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks hung on to beat the Anaheim Ducks for their fifth consecutive win in the clubs’ Black Friday rivalry game.

Artem Anisimov and Ryan Hartman also scored as the Blackhawks snapped their two-game skid even without captain Jonathan Toews. He missed his first game of the season due to an upper-body injury.

Corey Crawford made 34 saves for the Western Conference leaders. They have won five straight regular-season games in Anaheim since March 2013.

Nick Ritchie and Jakob Silfverberg scored and John Gibson stopped 22 shots for the Ducks. They wrapped up a five-game homestand on a three-game skid.

The Ducks fell to 4-4-2 against the Blackhawks on Black Friday. They haven’t won this rivalry game since 2009.

Wild 6, Penguins 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Charlie Coyle scored twice in the first period to set the tone as Minnesota matched its season high for goals, and Nino Niederreiter had two of the Wild’s three goals on the power play on their way to the victory over Pittsburgh.

Zach Parise also scored with the man advantage and Mikael Granlund added a goal to build 5-1 lead by the second intermission.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s career record against the Wild fell to 2-7, with 30 goals allowed in those nine all-time matchups.

Phil Kessel and Bryan Rust had goals for the Penguins.

Predators 5, Jets 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Colin Wilson and Ryan Johansen scored twice, Mike Fisher added three assists and Nashville beat Winnipeg.

James Neal also scored and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves for Nashville, winners of three straight. The Predators continued their home dominance, improving to 8-1-1.

Dustin Byfuglien scored for Winnipeg. The Jets concluded their five-game trip, losing all five games.

Capitals 3, Sabres 1

WASHINGTON — Marcus Johansson scored, Philipp Grubauer made 29 saves and Washington beat Buffalo.

Daniel Winnik and Brett Connolly also scored to help Washington close its five-game homestand with its fourth victory. Sam Reinhart’s third-period goal helped Buffalo’s NHL-worst offense avoid being shut out for the third this time this season.

By Paul Wager

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