Rangers strike down league-leading Capitals

The New York Rangers beat the NHL-leading Washington Capitals 3-2 at Verizon Center on Friday night, with Derek Stepan striking the winner.

New York had seen a 2-0 first-period lead wiped out in the second, but Stepan struck 17 seconds into the final stanza as the Rangers bounced back from Thursday’s heavy loss to Pittsburgh.

Jesper Fast put the visitors ahead before Keith Yandle doubled the advantage with a power play goal.

Jay Beagle pulled one back – via the help of video replays – before T.J. Oshie levelled things up on the powerplay.

The Capitals’ place at the top of the Eastern Conference remains secure despite the defeat, with the second-placed Rangers still 16 points adrift.

The Edmonton Oilers’ three-match winning streak was snapped by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus scored on their first two shots and eventually prevailed 6-3 for their third win in four games.

David Savard had two goals while Cam Atkinson, Fedor Tyutin, Boone Jenner and Scott Hartnell also scored past goaltender Laurent Brossoit, who was playing only his third NHL game.

Number one pick Connor McDavid was on target for the Oilers, as were Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall.

The Dallas Stars are level with the Chicago Blackhawks at the top of the Central Division after a 4-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils.

Valeri Nichushkin, Jason Spezza, Colton Sceviour and Vernon Fiddler – with his 100th NHL goal – scored for the Stars, with Adam Henrique and Devante Smith-Pelly on target for the Devils, who have lost four of their last five.