UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Michael Nylander deflected in Brendan Shanahan’s shot late in overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Islanders on Sunday in the first game between the bitter metropolitan rivals since Chris Simon’s stick attack.
Nylander planted himself in front of Rick DiPietro during an overtime power play and knocked the puck in with only 48.9 seconds showing. It gave the Rangers their fifth straight victory and moved them past idle Tampa Bay into sixth place in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff chase.
PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist to extend his league scoring lead and help Pittsburgh tie for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and seventh of his career for Pittsburgh, which is 9-2-1 in its last 12 and tied with the New Jersey Devils atop the Atlantic with 96 points.
CHICAGO — Roman Hamrlik scored off a faceoff with 6:11 left in the third period to snap a tie.
Kristian Huselius and Stephane Yelle also scored for the Flames, who won their third straight.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fredrik Modin scored his 20th goal of the season — and 400th of his career — in Columbus’ victory over St. Louis.