NEW YORK NY - FEBRUARY 13: Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers controls the puck from Kris Letang #58 ofthe Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on February 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

NHL Scores And More: Rangers Comeback To Top Penguins, Jon Quick Blanks Philly

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Penguins Vs. Rangers: Power Play Paces New York To Big Comeback Win

It didn't look good early on Sunday afternoon for the New York Rangers, as the depleted Pittsburgh Penguins used goals from Deryk Engelland and Nick Johnson to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead. That would be all the Pens could muster.

Ryan Callahan scored two power play goals as the Rangers scored five straight en route to a huge 5-2 victory. It ended a terrible 0-4-1 stretch that saw New York drop like a rock in the Eastern Conference standings, and Blueshirt Banter says that now the team can finally turn the page. 

Well it's finally over, folks. The worst stretch of the entire season has finally come to an end, but the Rangers now need to build on this moving forward. It's one win, great, but they need to make it into three or four in a row here. They are safe in seventh for now, but there are teams quickly creeping up on the in the Eastern Conference standings.     

Now, it's Pittsburgh who finds themselves free-falling. They're missing more forwards at present than most teams have been forced to deal with all season, including their two best players in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and we're seeing now that the loss of those players is severely impacting the team. Since losing Malkin for the season on February 4, the Penguins are 1-4-0 and have been outscored 22 to 7.

They still occupy fourth place in the East by virtue of other teams not taking advantage, but they need to start winning some games or that's not going to be the case for much longer. This one on Sunday against a division rival certainly stings.


Kings Vs. Flyers: Jon Quick Makes 40 Saves As Los Angeles Blanks Philly

Jonathan Quick is good at this hockey thing, and as it turns out, a road trip that looked like it had the potential to kill the Los Angeles Kings is turning into some sort of resurrection. The Kings continued that trip with a 40 save performance from Quick as they beat the Eastern-leading Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 at Wells Fargo Center. 

It's just the latest big victory for Los Angeles, which now has points in the first six games of its season-long 10 game road trip. Anze Kopitar scored the lone goal in a game that was split pretty evenly. The Flyers hit a few posts and had several quality scoring chances but in the end, they just couldn't put one in the net. 

Broad Street Hockey blamed the power play. 

The Flyers suck so badly on the power play -- seriously, not even able to gain zone, guys? -- that they could've spent the entire 60 minutes on the power play and nothing would've happened. Hell, when the Kings committed a too many man on the ice penalty followed by a Dustin Brown trip to give the Flyers a 5-on-3 advantage, they looked even more inept up two men than they did up one man.

That's what it's come to now with the power play. They look like they're almost trying too hard, and as a result, they just keep getting worse. It's bad. And ultimately, with 7:40 of total power play time today, it's easy to say the lack of power play punch was the reason they lost tonight. 

Philly heads to Tampa for a huge game on Tuesday night while Los Angeles travels to Columbus for a showdown with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.


Bruins Vs. Red Wings: Todd Bertuzzi's Pair Lead Detroit Over Boston

Todd Bertuzzi scored more goals this weekend than the Boston Bruins did. That should tell you all you need to know about the result of the back end of this home-and-home series between the two teams on Sunday afternoon. 

Bertuzzi's two goals added to his two from Friday night when the teams met in Boston and propelled his Red Wings to a 4-2 win on Sunday. His first goal opened the scoring for Detroit six minutes into the game, but really, it was all Brad Marchand's fault.

Marchand redeemed himself a few minutes later with a power play goal to give Boston a lead once again, but that was short-lived as Pavel Datsyuk, Kris Draper and Bertuzzi scored again to please the home crowd at Joe Louis Arena.

Jimmy Howard made 23 saves to earn his NHL-best 28th victory on the season. Tim Thomas earned the loss despite making 32 saves on 36 Detroit saves.


Islanders Vs. Sabres: Grabner's Hat Trick Beats Stafford's Hat Trick As Isles Win

If you thought Friday's emotional 9-3 win was all the Islanders had in them in terms of scoring, you clearly aren't a big Michael Grabner fan. The rookie potted a hat trick for New York, including a game-winning overtime goal, as the Islanders won their third straight game. 

Lighthouse Hockey thinks Grabner, who was a waiver wire pick-up after being shunned by the Florida Panthers earlier this season, has boosted himself into consideration for the Calder Trophy.

Wow, just Wow. Michael Grabner is forcing his way into Calder consideration. He is on a 5 game goal scoring streak, during which he's scored 9 goals. In the last 3 games he's scored 7 goals. In the last 5 games he has 11 points. It's getting to the point that when you see Grabner toasting the other teams defenders you're surprised if he doesn't score.     

Drew Stafford also had a hat trick in the game for the Sabres, so Grabner certainly picked a good time to explode, didn't he? Al Montoya made his Islanders debut in relief of Mikko Koskinen, and while he didn't necessarily look good, he did earn the win on 12 saves.

Happening elsewhere in the NHL...

Columbus 2, Dallas 1: If only the Blue Jackets could play every game on the road. Their win over the Stars on Sunday was their fifth straight away from Nationwide Arena, part of a stretch where they've done 5-0-2 in their last seven on the road. Matt Calvert and Rick Nash countered Brad Richards' first period goal and overcame Kari Lehtonen's 37 saves to five Columbus the victory.

Carolina 3, Atlanta 2: The seesaw at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture continued Sunday, and with their victory of division rival Atlanta, the Carolina Hurricanes currently occupy the eighth and final spot. Erik Cole broke a 2-2 tie late in the third period to give the Hurricanes the victory on the road at Philips Arena.

Florida 3, San Jose 2: The Panthers haven't been able to win close games all year long, but on Sunday they were able to pull one out against a team they don't often see in their neck of the woods. Jason Garrison scored the game-winner with just 2:01 remaining to boost Florida to the victory.

Anaheim 4, Edmonton 0: Teemu Selanne scored just 34 seconds into the game, Brandon MacMillan added a second-period tally and Bobby Ryan scored two later in the game as the Ducks blanked the Oilers behind 12 saves from Jonas Hiller. Yes, 12 saves. That's all Hiller needed for the shutout. 12 saves. 

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