Nov 30 (The Sports Exchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games:
Rangers 5, Canucks 2
Left winger Chris Kreider scored his first NHL hat-trick and goaltender Cam Talbot stopped 35 shots to help the New York Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers (14-13-0) are 12-8 since Kreider and Talbot were called up on the same day from the minors on Oct. 20.
New York's victory spoiled the return of Vancouver coach John Tortorella, who was fired by the Rangers in May.
Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 2
Left winger Max Pacioretty scored two goals and added an assist to help lead the Montreal Canadiens to a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 34 saves for Montreal (15-9-3), who have gone 5-0-1 in their last six games.
Devils 1, Sabres 0 (overtime)
Steve Bernier scored with 40.2 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils to victory against the Buffalo Sabres.
Bernier carried the puck in a 2-on-2 rush with defenseman Andy Greene, pulled up at the top of the circle and beat Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth with a wrist shot high to the glove side.
Capitals 3, Islanders 2 (overtime)
Left winger Alex Ovechkin's goal with 2:53 left in overtime capped a stunning comeback by the Washington Capitals to lift them past the New York Islanders.
The Capitals appeared headed for defeat when Islanders winger Thomas Vanek scored with 1:51 left but Washington tied it on center Nicklas Backstrom's goal before Ovechkin scored to give the Capitals (14-11-2) their second successive win.
Penguins 5, Panthers 1
Despite being badly out-gunned, the Pittsburgh Penguins made the most of their opportunities to beat the Florida Panthers.
Florida, who out-shot Pittsburgh 40-22, have lost four of their past five games.
Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 1
The Boston Bruins closed out November with their fourth win in their last five games as left winger Milan Lucic scored twice and backup goalie Chad Johnson faced just 14 shots, 13 of which he saved, as the Bruins finished the month 9-4-0 and atop the Eastern Conference.
Flyers 3, Predators 2 (shootout)
The Philadelphia Flyers started a six-game road trip with a victory over the Nashville Predators.
Vincent Lecavalier scored the shootout's only goal as the Flyers posted their eighth win in 11 games.
Blackhawks 5, Coyotes 2
The Chicago Blackhawks completed their long road trip in style, scoring three first-period goals to beat the Phoenix Coyotes.
The win gave the Blackhawks a 6-1 mark on their road trip and kept them atop the NHL's overall standings with 44 points.
Avalanche 3, Wild 2 (shootout)
Center Ryan O'Reilly scored the only shootout goal as the Colorado Avalanche recovered from blowing a late two-goal lead to beat the Minnesota Wild.
The Wild trailed with time running out but scored twice late, with Mikko Koivu burying a slap shot with 4.3 seconds left to send it to overtime.
Flames 2, Kings 1
Winger Mike Cammalleri scored in the final minute of the third period as the Calgary Flames edged the Los Angeles Kings.
Cammalleri's winner came with 23 seconds left in regulation when he backhanded a rebound home to give Calgary (9-13-4) its second win in two attempts on the Kings' home ice this season.
Sharks 4, Ducks 3 (shootout)
Center Joe Pavelski scored in the shootout as the San Jose Sharks edged the Anaheim Ducks.
Anaheim scored twice within a 4:04 span late in the third period to tie the game but the Ducks eventually prevailed for their fifth straight win. (Compiled by Andrew Both; Editing by John O'Brien)