Rangers handle Panthers

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Carl Hagelin had a goal and an assist, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots, and the New York Rangers earned a 4-1 victory against the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Brad Richards, Michael Del Zotto, and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for the Rangers, who have won six of seven.


In St. Louis, Martin Erat scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give Nashville a victory over St. Louis.

Erat sent a shot high over the glove hand of Jaroslav Halak and Pekka Rinne kept the Blues scoreless on all five attempts to win for the second game in a row in a shootout.

Matt Halischuk scored for the Predators. Rinne stopped 35 shots.


In Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson scored his 400th career goal at 3:31 of overtime to give Ottawa a come-from-behind win over Calgary.

Alfredsson drove a slap shot from the left point past Leland Irving on a power play after Calgary was left short-handed when Rene Bourque was called for holding 2:20 into the extra period.


In Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Tomas Vokoun made 25 saves as Washington beat Buffalo.

Ovechkin scored in the first and third periods to give the Capitals’ captain five goals in seven games, a further sign that he is emerging from the spotty play that has run parallel to Washington’s slow start. The former two-time NHL MVP has 14 goals on the season.

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