NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Rick DiPietro had 37 saves and Bill Guerin scored two goals to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, their fifth win in as many games this season against them.
Mike Sillinger also scored for New York, which has won four of the five meetings in regulation.
Travis Zajac scored for New Jersey, which had a three-game winning streak snapped in losing for only the seventh time in 26 games (19-5-1).
DiPietro was spectacular in the third period, stopping 15 of 16 shots, including one in close by Dainius Zubrus in the final 90 seconds that had the Devils center looking up at the rafters in the Prudential Center.
Guerin iced it with an empty-net goal seconds later, his ninth in 13 games.
Flyers 5, Panthers 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Daniel Briere scored twice and Kimmo Timonen had a goal and two assists as the Philadelphia Flyers held off Florida, denying Panthers coach Jacques Martin his 500th win.
Simon Gagne and Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers, who took a 4-1 lead in the first period. Philadelphia has won two straight, and five of its last six.
Martin, looking to become the 10th coach in NHL history to win 500 games, won No. 499 on Jan. 10 at Atlanta, but Florida has lost three straight since. Jay Bouwmeester, Rostislav Olesz, and Stephen Weiss had goals for the Panthers, who have dropped five of six.
Philadelphia backup Antero Niittymaki, who hasn't lost in regulation in his last six starts (5-0-1), made 28 saves.
Rangers 2, Sabres 1
NEW YORK (AP) - Petr Prucha and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and an assist as the Rangers stretched the Buffalo Sabres' losing streak to 10 games.
Buffalo snapped its run of three straight shootout losses, but still hasn't come out on top since a 6-5 shootout victory at Philadelphia on Dec. 22 (0-5-5).
The Rangers shook off Monday's poor 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh and earned their second consecutive win at home. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for his 20th win of the season, doing it against the Sabres, who knocked the Rangers out in the second round of last year's playoffs.
Jason Pominville scored and Ryan Miller was sharp for the Sabres in stopping 33 shots.
Blackhawks 6, Blues 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Rookie Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Lalime made 32 saves in the Blackhawks' win.
Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and two assists for Chicago, which won its second straight following an eight-game (0-6-2) losing streak. Jack Skille, Rene Bourque and Yanic Perreault also scored for the Blackhawks.
Lee Stempniak scored for the Blues, who lost their third straight (0-2-1).
St. Louis starting goalie Manny Legace left after the first period with an injured right arm. Legace had been named to the Western Conference All-Star team last week.
Flames 3, Wild 2, SO
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Jarome Iginla shrugged off a slow night to score the winning goal in the shootout, lifting the Calgary Flames.
It should come as no surprise to the Minnesota Wild, who have been tormented by Iginla over the years. He entered with 41 points in 38 career games against Minnesota, and his 24 goals against the Wild are 10 more than the next closest opponent.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves in regulation and then stopped Mikko Koivu in the shootout after Kristian Huselius opened with a goal. When Brian Rolston missed the net with one of his trademark slap shots, it was up to Iginla to win it.
Brent Burns and Kurtis Foster scored in regulation for the Wild, and David Moss and Huselius had goals for the Flames.

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