Rangers return to winning ways

The New York Rangers returned to winning ways after beating the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Sunday night, while the Los Angeles Kings made it five wins on the bounce in the NHL.

After losing in a shootout to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, the Rangers, last season's Presidents' Trophy winners, bounced back to go top of the Metropolitan Division, albeit having played three games more than second-placed Washington.

The Flames took the lead in the fourth minute through Jiri Hudler as the hosts started slowly in their third game in four days.

But Rangers recovered, with Oscar Lindberg's fifth goal of the season levelling things up before Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein and Derick Brassard scored to leave Calgary's record at 2-6.

The 2014 Stanley Cup champions the Los Angeles Kings stretched their winning run to five games with a nervy 3-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers.

They had goaltender Jonathan Quick to thank after he made a stunning reaction save with four seconds left to deny Connor McDavid, with a subsequent review showing no evidence that the puck had crossed the line.

Edmonton had led through Benoit Pouliot's goal, but Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar put the Kings on top.

Taylor Hall's power-play goal levelled things with six minutes left, but Tanner Pearson responded when the Kings had a numerical advantage soon after.

In the night's other game, Drew Stafford scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets held off a Minnesota fightback to beat the Wild 5-4.

Despite falling behind to Jason Zucker's goal after just 10 seconds, Winnipeg led 5-1 five minutes into the second period, with Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Nikolaj Ehlers also chipping in alongside Stafford.

Mikko Koivu, Justin Fontaine and Zach Parise pulled goals back for Minnesota, but they were unable to force overtime.

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