Callahan helps Rangers to win

A pair of early goals from Ryan Callahan spurred the New York Rangers to a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Marking a fourth straight win for the Rangers, skipper Callahan's first-period strikes were followed by further goals from Anton Stralman, Derick Brassard and Brad Richards.

Neighbours the New York Islanders put five successive defeats behind them to edge out fellow strugglers the Washington Capitals 1-0, with Andrew McDonald's strike in the third minute of the final period making the difference.

The Vancouver Canucks tumbled to a fifth defeat in a row, 3-1 against the Boston Bruins, while in an all-Canadian clash the Montreal Canadiens beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 with goals from Rene Bourque and David Desharnais.

The Florida Panthers toppled the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1, the Dallas Stars took a 3-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, and the Minnesota Wild snuck a 2-1 home-ice success over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In St Louis, the Blues lost out 5-4 to the Ottawa Senators following a shoot-out in which Kyle Turris netted the clincher.

Chris Thorburn netted late for the Winnipeg Jets, firing in with 63 seconds remaining to earn a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.