Best of NHL: Hurricanes Score 6 in 3rd Period, Top Canucks, 8-6

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Justin Faulk scored the go-ahead goal 5:56 into the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from three goals down to beat the Vancouver Canucks 8-6 on Tuesday night.

Jeff Skinner scored two goals, with his second starting Carolina's wild comeback. The Hurricanes scored six goals in the third -- including four in a 4:40 span -- to erase a 5-2 deficit.

Ron Hainsey and Victor Rask scored 24 seconds apart before Faulk put Carolina back up with a wrist shot that clicked off Nikita Tryamkin on its way past Ryan Miller.

Jordan Staal added an insurance goal with 7:22 left, and Brandon Sutter made it 7-6 with 5:50 to play before Lee Stempniak scored an empty-netter with 57.6 seconds remaining.

Sven Baertschi had two goals and an assist for the Canucks. Baertschi, Alexandre Burrows, Markus Granlund and Ben Hutton all scored during Vancouver's four-goal second period (see full recap).

Niskanen's 2 goals lead Capitals to 4-2 win over Islanders
NEW YORK -- Matt Niskanen scored two goals in the third period, lifting the Washington Capitals over the New York Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

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Brett Connolly and Justin Williams also scored for Washington, which improved to 18-7-3. Dating to a 2-1 overtime loss at Tampa Bay, the Capitals have earned 11 out of a possible 12 points.

Following a five-game winning streak, the Islanders have dropped their last two. New York's 11-12-5 record is the worst in the Metropolitan Division.

Brock Nelson and Nikolay Kulemin scored for the Islanders, and Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves.

The third meeting of the season between the teams -- and second in 12 days -- was a tight-checking game. Neither team was able to sustain sequences in the offensive zone, though the Capitals finished with a 38-25 advantage in shots on goal (see full recap).

Anisimov scores late in 2nd, Blackhawks beat Rangers 2-1
NEW YORK -- Artem Anisimov scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period to lead the Chicago Blackhawks over the New York Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Trevor van Riemsdyk also scored as the Central Division leaders improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games. Scott Darling stopped 33 shots, upping his record to 7-2-2.

Artemi Panarin had two assists and Anisimov had one as Chicago got even with New York following a 1-0 overtime loss at home to the Rangers last Friday.

Jesper Fast scored for the Rangers and Antti Raanta, starting for the fourth straight game, made 24 saves. Raanta had won three consecutive starts, including shutouts in the last two. New York had won four of its last five.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was activated from injured reserve earlier in the day after missing nine games with an upper-body injury (see full recap).

Eichel scores 2 goals in Sabres' 6-3 win over Kings
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jack Eichel scored two goals in a 2:08 span of the second period and assisted on another goal to lead the Buffalo Sabres in a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Ryan O'Reilly and Brian Gionta also scored for Buffalo during a four-goal flurry in a 6:13 span of the second period.

Eichel set up Evander Kane for an insurance goal late in the third period and Sam Reinhart scored into an empty net in the final minute.

Kyle Okposo assisted on three of the Sabres' goals, giving him 11 points in his last 10 games and a team-high 21 points this season. Okposo played after missing Monday's practice due to illness.

Robin Lehner made 13 of his 30 saves in the third period and got the win for just the second time in his last 11 starts (see full recap).

Jeff Carter scored twice for the Kings and Anze Kopitar had the other goal. Peter Budaj made 16 saves before being replaced by Jeff Zatkoff in the second period. Zatkoff stopped two shots (see full recap).

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