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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rangers Win at Last, Rout Pittsburgh 8-1

NEW YORK -- The N.Y. Rangers played their best game of the season to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 8-1 behind Alexei Kovalev's three goals.


Kovalev's second of the night and two goals by Niklas Sundstrom highlighted a four-goal second period that broke the game open for the Rangers, who were winless in their first five games before Monday night's 5-4 win over Calgary.


Sergei Nemchinov, Daniel Goneau and Christian Dube also scored for New York.


The Rangers (2-3-2) outplayed the Penguins from start to finish, allowing only a power-play goal by Petr Nedved. The Penguins, outshot 48-30, dropped to 1-4-0.


Canadiens 4, Flames 2. In Montreal, Scott Thornton, Martin Rucinsky and Marc Bureau scored shorthanded goals to beat Calgary as the Canadiens stayed unbeaten at home.


The three shorthanded goals in one game tied a Montreal record set on March 20, 1948 against the Chicago Blackhawks.


Saku Koivu added an even-strength goal for Montreal (3-1-2), which has not lost in five home games. Dave Gagner and Jonas Hogland scored in the first period for Calgary (3-4-0).


Panthers 3, Sharks 3 (OT). In San Jose, California, after blowing a two-goal advantage, the San Jose Sharks salvaged a tie with the Florida Panthers when Jeff Friesen scored his second goal of the game.


Florida scored three times in the third period and outshot the Sharks 15-2.


The Panthers moved in front 3-2 on Dave Lowry's first goal of the season with 7:30 remaining in regulation. But Friesen came back to score his second goal a minute later to even it up. He took a pass from Todd Gill and shot it through a host of players screening goalie Mark Fitzpatrick.