Blue Jackets stop Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes' winning streak finally came to an end in Ohio as the Columbus Blue Jackets clinched a comfortable 3-0 NHL victory.

Cam Atkinson, Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner scored the goals - Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves for the Blue Jackets - as the Canes spurned the opportunity to win a sixth straight game.

The New York Rangers needed Rick Nash to snap a tie and inflict a fifth straight defeat on the Dallas Stars.

New York had not led in the game until Nash poked a rebound beyond Kari Lehtonen to decide the 3-2 win.

There were just over eight minutes left in the third period at the Verizon Center when Joel Ward scored the goal-ahead goal and Alex Ovechkin duly chipped in with a goal and an assist to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Michael Grabner fired the New York Islanders to a 2-1 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. It was a third straight victory for the Islanders and a sixth consecutive away triumph.

Later on Friday the Vancouver Canucks snapped a five-game losing streak as Mike Santorelli scored the tiebreaking goal in a 2-1 victory over the St Louis Blues while, at Rexall Place, the Edmonton Oilers edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.