NEW YORK (AP) — Artemi Panarin, Kaapo Kakko and Greg McKegg scored, and the New York Rangers beat the hapless Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Sunday night.
New York won for the fourth time in its last six games. Tony DeAngelo had an empty-netter, and rookie Igor Shesterkin made 42 saves for his fifth win in six starts.
Panarin and Kakko helped the Rangers put it away in the third.
The 18-year-old Kakko made it 2-0 with his eighth of the season 9:20 into the period. It was the first goal since Jan. 2 for the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft.
Los Angeles got one back when Trevor Moore scored at 10:47. It was Moore’s first goal since he was acquired in a trade with Toronto on Wednesday.
Panarin added his team-best 28th goal at 17:11 before Angelo fired home an empty-netter with 2:11 left. It was DeAngelo’s 13th of the season.
Shesterkin made 10 saves in the first, 15 in the second and 17 more in the third. The 24-year-old Russian goaltender has won three straight. He heard chants of “Igor! Igor!” from the Madison Square Garden crowd during the third period.
McKegg scored 2:23 into the first period, rifling the puck past Jonathan Quick from the left faceoff circle. It was McKegg’s third goal of the season and second in three games.
Quick made 37 saves for the Kings, who have dropped five in a row.
Los Angeles (19-33-5) played its third game in the New York area in four nights. It began a four-game trip with a 4-2 loss at Washington, followed by a 5-3 defeat against the Islanders in Brooklyn on Thursday. The Kings were then blanked 3-0 by the Devils on Saturday.
The Kings have the worst record in the Western Conference and played their league-high 33rd road game. Los Angeles has only eight wins away from Staples Center.
Ducks 3, Sabres 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots, including all 15 he faced in the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks held off the Buffalo Sabres.
Jakob Silfverberg, Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie staked Anaheim to a 3-0 lead by scoring over a 5:45 span in the first period, and the Ducks closed out a 3-0-2 road trip. The five-game point streak is Anaheim’s longest since winning five straight games from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5, 2018.
The 39-year-old Miller, who spent the first half of his career with the Sabres, earned his 385th career win to move into a tie with Mike Vernon on the NHL list.
Johan Larsson and Rasmus Dahlin scored for Buffalo, which was coming off a 3-1 win at the New York Rangers on Friday night. The Sabres dropped to 2-5-1 in their past seven overall.
Jonas Johansson had 25 saves in his second career start, but gave up three goals on the first six shots he faced. Linus Ullmark was sidelined by a lower-body injury, and veteran backup Carter Hutton was excused due to a family issue.
Red Wings 3, Bruins 1
DETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou snapped a tie midway through the third period and scored an empty-net goal in the final minute, lifting the Detroit Red Wings over the Boston Bruins.
Detroit is easily the worst team in the NHL, but the rebuilding Red Wings have defeated the league-best Bruins in both of their games this season.
Boston had won six straight until the Red Wings stopped the streak with their second win in three games.
Detroit’s Jonathan Bernier made 39 saves.
Tuuka Rask stopped 17 shots for the Bruins, who were expecting to start Jaroskav Halak before he felt ill.
Brendan Perlini put the Red Wings up early in the second period and Torey Krug tied it early in the third.
Athanasiou restored Detroit’s lead on a power play. He sealed the victory with his seventh goal with 29 seconds left after Rask was pulled to give Boston an extra skater.