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Predators go clear top of division with win over Rangers

Predators beat Rangers 3-2 to go clear top of Central Division

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber, right, celebrates with Calle Jarnkrok (19), of Sweden, and Taylor Beck, left, after Weber scored a goal aga...
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, covers up the puck as players scramble for it in the third period of an NHL hockey game betwe...
Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, knocks the puck away from New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62), of Sweden, in the th...

Rangers Predators Hockey

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber, right, celebrates with Calle Jarnkrok (19), of Sweden, and Taylor Beck, left, after Weber scored a goal aga...

Rangers Predators Hockey

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, covers up the puck as players scramble for it in the third period of an NHL hockey game betwe...

Rangers Predators Hockey

Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, knocks the puck away from New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62), of Sweden, in the th...

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Nashville regained sole ownership of the lead in the NHL Central Division by edging the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday, with Mike Ribeiro scoring the winning goal with 7:14 left.

The Predators moved clear of idle St. Louis and crept within a point of league leader Anaheim.

Elsewhere, Pittsburgh hung onto the Metropolitan Division lead despite a heavy defeat at Vancouver, as the second-placed New York Islanders also lost, at Boston.

Tampa Bay dropped into a share of the Eastern Conference lead with Detroit after losing to Los Angeles, ending a run of 10 successive home victories.

Nashville, coming off only their third regulation loss at home this season against Anaheim on Thursday, secured victory thanks to Ribeiro's goal, which was his 700th career point.

Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in his second game back from a knee injury while Roman Josi and captain Shea Weber also scored for the Predators.

Rick Nash scored his league-leading 33rd goal, and Ryan McDonagh also netted for the Rangers, who missed a chance to close within two points of the Metropolitan lead.

Boston's Loui Eriksson scored the go-ahead goal with 7:34 left and the Bruins held on for a 2-1 win against the New York Islanders.

Tuukka Rask stopped 39 shots and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins, who have collected points in 14 of their past 16 games.

John Tavares had a power-play goal for the Islanders.

Pittsburgh remained a point clear of the Islanders atop the division despite a 5-0 hammering at Vancouver.

Ryan Miller made 31 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, Alexandre Burrows had a goal and an assist, and Bo Horvat, Shawn Matthias, Zack Kassian and Daniel Sedin each scored for the Canucks.

Tampa Bay lost its outright lead in the Atlantic after a 4-2 home defeat by Los Angeles.

Justin Williams had two goals while Tyler Toffoli and Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings, who won on the road for only the sixth time in 24 trips this season.

Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, who lost at home for the first time in two months.

Montreal's Tomas Plekanec and Dale Weise each scored twice to power the Canadiens to a 6-2 win against New Jersey.

P.K. Subban assisted on three power-play goals while Andrei Markov and Lars Eller also scored for the Canadiens, who moved within two points of the East lead.

Michael Cammalleri and Jacob Josefson scored for the Devils, who had taken at least a point from their previous six games.

Detroit pulled level with the Lightning for the Eastern Conference lead by winning 3-1 at Arizona.

Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots, including a third-period penalty block on Martin Erat which maintained a 1-0 lead for the Red Wings.

Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm scored for Detroit in its third straight win.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his career-high 16th goal of the season for the Coyotes with under 2 minutes left.

Minnesota extended its winning streak to five by defeating Colorado 1-0, with Charlie Coyle scoring the sole goal.

Carolina's Andrej Sekera and Victor Rask both scored late in the third period to lift the Hurricanes to a 5-4 win at San Jose.

Columbus scored four goals in the third period to overwhelm the Senators and win 4-1 at Ottawa.

Buffalo notched it first home win in more than a month by edging Dallas 3-2, with Jhonas Enroth making 38 saves.

Toronto ended an 11-game winless streak by defeating Edmonton 5-1.


Updated : 2021-09-17 14:53 GMT+08:00