PITTSBURGH -- J.T. Miller scored short-handed to cap a second-period rally, helping the New York Rangers overcome an early two-goal deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday night.
The teams play again Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden to complete a pivotal, early season home-and-home between Metropolitan Division contenders.
Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel scored twice in the first period of his first NHL game, but Rick Nash and Michael Grabner made it 2-2 before Miller, a Pittsburgh native, got his eighth of the season.
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Kevin Hayes added his ninth goal midway through the third, and Derek Stepan also scored into an empty net.
Antti Raanta, starting the second game of a back-to-back for New York, rebounded after the first period and made 29 saves for his fifth win in six games.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots for Pittsburgh (see full recap).
Avalanche knock off Blue Jackets in OT
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Matt Duchene scored 1:49 into overtime in his first game back from a concussion, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat Columbus 3-2 on Monday night to snap the Blue Jacket's seven-game home winning streak.
The victory improved Colorado's record to 9-9-0, while Columbus, playing its second game in two days, fell to 10-5-2.
Colorado led 2-1 before Columbus' Cam Atkinson tied it with 6.5 seconds left, assisted by Sam Gagne and Zach Werenski.
It was Atkinson's second goal of the night and seventh of the season. His first score came at 9:00 of the first period.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 of 42 shots, while Curtis McElhinney, starting in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 24 attempts (see full recap).
Sabres ride hot power play past Flames
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist, helping the Buffalo Sabres bust an offensive slump with three power-play goals in a 4-2 win against the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
Johan Larsson, Matt Moulson and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Sabres, who reached three goals in a game for the first time in 11 chances, since a 3-1 win at Winnipeg on Oct. 30. Buffalo has won consecutive games for just the second time this season.
Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary, which is coming off a 3-2 win at Detroit on Sunday night. Buffalo got two assists each from Sam Reinhart and Taylor Fedun, who now has four assists in three games since being called up from the AHL.
Robin Lehner had 29 saves for the Sabres, and Brian Elliott turned away 28 shots for Calgary (see full recap).