Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals and had a career-high five points to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-1 victory over the visiting New York Rangers on Friday night.
Johnny Gaudreau, Garnet Hathaway and Michael Frolik also scored for Calgary, which moved one point ahead of the San Jose Sharks for the Pacific Division lead with 11 games to go.
Tkachuk had 10 points (six goals, four assists) on the Flames’ 3-0-0 homestand. The hot streak comes after an extended cold stretch during which he had just six points in the previous 18 games.
Neal Pionk scored for the New York, which is winless in its past six on the road.
Tied at 1 after 20 minutes, Tkachuk gave the Flames the lead for good 2:56 into the second when he deflected Mark Giordano’s point shot past Alexandar Georgiev.
Golden Knights 2, Stars 1: Ryan Reaves was in the right place at the right time for his first goal in 26 games. Reaves scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and Vegas won in Dallas.
Maple Leafs 7, Flyers 6: Auston Matthews scored twice in the third period as Toronto rallied from a three-goal deficit at home.
Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 0: With Columbus on home ice slipping into a sudden offensive malaise in the second period, Sergei Bobrovsky kept the Blue Jackets in the game and in the race for a playoff spot. The goalie played one of his best games of the season, shutting down an unrelenting Carolina offensive attack in the second.
Ducks 5, Avalanche 3: Corey Perry is making up for lost time in an injury-delayed season. Perry scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 56.9 seconds remaining, to lead visiting Anaheim.
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