Penguins too strong for Rangers

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 5-3 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday to maintain their hold on an Eastern Conference wild card.

Patrick Hornqvist opened the scoring for the Penguins with his 18th goal of the season in the first period on the powerplay but Chris Kreider tied it up.

Conor Sheary restored the advantage before Derick Brassard's 25th of the season again levelled things.

Sheary again put the Penguins ahead and Ryan McDonagh hauled the Rangers level for a third time but goals from Matt Cullen and Sidney Crosby earned the victory for Pittsburgh.

Captain Steven Stamkos scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ben Bishop turned aside 37 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and Vladislav Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat got the other goals for the Lightning.

Michael Grabner scored the only goal and Jonathan Bernier recorded his third shutout of the season in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

Bernier made 38 saves and Grabner's seventh goal of the season 30 seconds from the end of the second period earned him the victory.