Jimmy Vesey had a goal and an assist against his former team, Carter Hutton stopped 37 shots, and the Buffalo Sabres held on to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Friday night.
Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart also scored to help Buffalo get just its second win in seven games.
Hutton had six saves in the first period, 10 in the second and 21 in the third when the Rangers tried to rally from a 3-0 deficit.
Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, and Alexandar Georgiev finished with 25 saves.
Vesey, who played three seasons for the Rangers before his trade to the Sabres last July, pushed Buffalo’s lead to 3-0 with 8:04 left in the third for his eighth.
Zibanejad ruined Hutton’s shutout bid with his 22nd goal with 2:53 remaining. Artemi Panarin and Marc Staal had assists on the play.
Kreider then pulled the Rangers within one with his 20th of the season on the power play with 1:38 left. Kreider has goals in eight of the past 11 games.
Blue Jackets 2, Red Wings 0: Elvis Merzlikins got a fifth shutout in his past eight starts and Columbus extended its points streak to 10 games with a win over Detroit.
Maple Leafs 5, Ducks 4 (OT): John Tavares scored his second goal of the game at 4:53 of overtime, lifting Toronto to a win over Anaheim. Auston Matthews got his 40th goal of the season to tie Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead and had three assists for Toronto.
Wild 3, Stars 2: Center Joel Eriksson Ek scored on a wraparound goal with 27 seconds remaining in the third period, his second goal of the game, to cap a three-goal comeback that included the Wild overcoming a two-goal deficit in the second period.
Obituary: Brian Glennie, a hard-hitting defenseman who spent most of his 10-year NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, has died. He was 73. Glennie, who was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, helped the national team win Olympic bronze at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France, under Father David Bauer. The Maple Leafs confirmed his death on Friday.
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