(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of the National Hockey League games on Thursday:
Rangers 2, Lightning 1 (OT)
J.T. Miller scored the winning goal 1:19 into overtime as the New York Rangers picked up their first road win of the season, surprising the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 2-1 victory.
Miller swept in front of the net and beat goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made 33 saves. Miller scored his third goal of the season moments after intercepting a wraparound attempt by Nikita Kucherov.
New York had been 0-3-0 away from home this season, while the Lightning fell to 6-1-1 at home.
Capitals 4, Islanders 3
Lars Eller had two goals, including the game-winner with 3:21 left, and added an assist as Washington defeated New York.
Minutes after Washington killed off a New York power-play, Eller took a feed from Tom Wilson and came down the left side. He fired high from the left circle and beat Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak on the short side to snap a 3-3 tie.
The Islanders trailed 3-2 after two periods, but Anders Lee tied it at the 7:00 mark when he got hit by a Thomas Hickey shot and fired the loose puck past goalie Braden Holtby for his second goal of the night to go along with an assist.
Flyers 2, Blues 0
Michal Neuvirth stopped 33 shots and made an early second-period goal by Brandon Manning stand up to give Philadelphia a shutout win over St Louis.
The loss, which snapped a four-game winning streak for the Blues, was their first at home in six games this season and their first in regulation in their last eight games.
Neuvirth withstood a strong start by the Blues, who outshot the Flyers 10-1 in the first 10 minutes of the game and went on to post his 11th career shutout. Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux added an empty-net goal with six seconds left.
Blue Jackets 7, Panthers 3
Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice each to lead Columbus to a win over Florida.
Anderson has five goals this season, and Bjorkstrand has four. The Jackets also got one goal and two assists from Boone Jenner.
The Panthers lost their third straight game despite one goal and two assists by second-line center Vincent Trocheck.
Bruins 2, Golden Knights 1
Sean Kuraly scored his first regular-season goal midway through the third period, and Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots to lead Boston to a victory over Vegas.
The loss was the third straight for the expansion team, which settled for a 1-1-0 split with the Bruins in its first season series.
Kuraly, playing in his 19th regular-season game, stuffed a rebound past Maxime Lagace at 9:53 of the third period to snap a 1-1 tie.
Senators 3, Red Wings 1
Ottawa reverted to defensive form in a victory over Detroit at Canadian Tire Centre.
Mark Stone, Alex Burrows and Nate Thompson scored for the Senators, who were coming off an 8-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit.
Jets 5, Stars 2
Special-teams success and a Mark Scheifele hat-trick led Winnipeg to a win over Dallas.
Scheifele scored a power-play goal in the first period and added two goals in the third period. Patrik Laine and Tyler Myers also scored for Winnipeg.
Alexander Radulov and Mattias Janmark scored for Dallas.
Wild 6, Canadiens 3
Matt Cullen had a goal and assist on his 41st birthday, and Minnesota earned a win against Montreal.
Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves in goal for Minnesota. Nino Niederreiter, Tyler Ennis, Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Wild, who recovered from a listless home loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
Brendan Gallagher scored twice for Montreal.
Avalanche 5, Hurricanes 3
Semyon Varlamov had a career-high 57 saves, Carl Soderberg and Patrik Nemeth had a goal and an assist each, and Colorado beat Carolina.
Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and Blake Comeau also had goals and Nathan MacKinnon had two assists for Colorado, which survived a strong Carolina push in the third period.
The Hurricanes outshot the Avalanche 22-7 in the last period but Varlamov stopped all of them to eclipse his previous high in saves of 54 done against Chicago on Jan. 6, 2015.
Flames 2, Penguins 1 (OT)
Mark Giordano scored at 2:19 of overtime to lead Calgary to a win over Pittsburgh.
Giordano took a pass from Matthew Tkachuk and wired a shot to the top corner past Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry, who was making just his second NHL start.
Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames, while goalie Mike Smith finished with 43 saves.
Sabres 5, Coyotes 4
Kyle Okposo scored with one second remaining in the first period to swing the momentum and start Buffalo on a run of five consecutive goals, and the Sabres kept Arizona winless at home.
Benoit Pouliot had two goals and an assist and linemate Ryan O’Reilly added two assists to support Robin Lehner, who stopped 25 shots despite giving up three Arizona goals in the final eight minutes.
Antti Raanta made an uneven return to net for the Coyotes, who are 0-5-1 at home and an NHL-worst 1-12-1 overall.
Kings 5, Maple Leafs 3
Tyler Toffoli scored two goals to help Los Angeles beat Toronto.
Toffoli scored twice late in the second period to give the Kings a 5-0 advantage. Michael Cammalleri, Michael Amadio and Trevor Lewis also scored for Los Angeles (10-2-1).
Auston Matthews scored on a penalty shot for Toronto but missed on a penalty shot with 1:20 left in the third period. Connor Brown and Morgan Rielly also scored for the Maple Leafs.