NHL Wrap: Rangers top Pens in Callahan's return

NHL Wrap: Rangers top Pens in Callahan's return
November 6, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Ryan Callahan, who returned from a broken thumb, scored one goal for the Rangers in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Pittsburgh. (AP)

NEW YORK -- Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Callahan added his first since returning from a broken thumb as the New York Rangers matched a season high in goals with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Pittsburgh had won four straight and defeated New York eight times in nine meetings, but Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan scored 1:05 apart late in the first period to put the Rangers ahead. Boyle and Callahan connected within a 2:28 span of the second to send New York to its fourth win in five games.

Derick Brassard made it 5-1 at 9:57 of the third, and Brad Richards had two assists for New York, which rebounded from a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Monday and completed a 3-1 homestand. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves (see full recap).

'Hawks cruise to win over Jets
CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the first period, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.

The Blackhawks also got goals from Brandon Pirri and Patrick Sharp in their fourth win in five games. Corey Crawford made 24 saves and defenseman Duncan Keith had two assists.

Winnipeg forward Michael Frolik received a standing ovation when he was recognized during a break in the first period in his first game in Chicago since he helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in June. Frolik, who played a pivotal role on Chicago's penalty-kill unit last season, was traded to the Jets for draft picks at the beginning of the offseason (see full recap).

Wilson's four points help Preds beat Avs
DENVER -- Colin Wilson had two goals and two assists, Viktor Stalberg added a goal and an assist, and the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Craig Smith and Paul Gaustad also scored for the Predators, who stopped Colorado's six-game winning streak.

Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists for Colorado (12-2-0), which fell one win short of making NHL history.

The Avalanche were attempting to set a franchise record and match the 2007-08 Ottawa Senators for the best 14-game start in league history (see full recap).