Senators spoil Kane's Rangers debut with a 5-3 victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Claude Giroux broke a tie early in the third period, former Ranger Derick Brassard scored twice and the Ottawa Senators beat New York 5-3 on Thursday night to spoil Patrick Kane’s Rangers debut.

Kane made his debut following his acquisition from Chicago, where he won the Stanley Cup three times. He had four shots on goal.

The Rangers led 3-2 entering the third after Vladimir Tarasenko scored a highlight-reel goal late in the second, but Ottawa scored twice in a two-minute span, then held on for its fourth straight victory.

Brassard — playing his 1,000th game — tied it at 1:35 with his 11th of the season off an assist from Giroux, who beat netminder Jaroslav Halak for his 26th goal at 3:26 to put Ottawa ahead to stay.

Shane Pinto and Tim Stutzle (empty net) also scored for Ottawa, and Cam Talbot made 29 saves. Chris Kreider and Jacob Trouba also scored for New York.


BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists just a few hours after signing a new contract and surging Boston beat Buffalo to become the fastest team in NHL history to reach 100 points.

Jakub Lauko scored twice, Dmitry Orlov added a goal and two assists and Jeremy Swayman stopped 26 shots as the Bruins overcame the loss of Brad Marchand to a lower-body injury to win their ninth straight.

Boston improved to 48-8-5 in its 61st game, besting the Montreal team from 1976-77 — before three-point games existed — that reached 100 points in 62 games.

Pavel Zacha, Patrice Bergeron and Connor Clifton added goals for Boston. Casey Mittelstadt scored for Buffalo.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Zucker scored his second goal of the game 2:13 into overtime and Pittsburgh Penguins completed a three-game season sweep of Tampa Bay.

Zucker was wide-open in the slot and one-timed a shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Penguins moved into the first wild card playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of the New York Islanders.

Defenseman Jeff Petry scored twice in 25 seconds, Drew O’Connor also scored and Tristan Jarry made 27 saves for the Penguins. They have won four in a row overall — including a 7-3 victory over the Lightning in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Ross Colton, Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for the Lightning. They’ve lost three in a row.


DETROIT (AP) — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored on a power play at 3:33 of overtime to lift Seattle past Detroit.

Bjorkstrand also scored in regulation. Jared McCann also had two goals for the Kraken, scoring twice in the opening 12 minutes and giving him a career-high 29 goals. Jaden Schwartz added a goal for Seattle.

Martin Jones gave up three goals on 12 shots and was benched late in the second period and replaced by Philipp Grubauer, who finished regulation with 16 saves.

Jake Walman, Adam Erne, Ben Chiarot and Jonatan Berggren scored for Detroit.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Lankinen made 30 saves and Nashville beat Florida.

Matt Duchene and John Leonard each scored for Nashville, which also beat Florida 7-3 at home on Feb. 18. The Predators have won four of their last five games.

Brandon Montour scored for Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves.


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