When it was the New York Rangers' turn to take target practice, they didn't waste their opportunities.
Kelly Kisio scored twice as part of a five-goal first period and the Rangers set season highs for shots in a period and a game Friday night in posting an easy 8-1 rout of the Vancouver Canucks.The victory allowed the Rangers to atone for last week's game in Vancouver, when they gave up a club-record 62 shots in a 3-3 tie.
"The last game in Vancouver, they really took it to us," said Mike Gartner, who added a goal and an assist for the Rangers. "We were just ready to play tonight.
"We knew we more or less embarrassed ourselves in Vancouver and if it weren't for (59 saves by goaltender) Mike Richter we wouldn't have gotten any points out of there."
New York fired a season-high 21 shots at goaltender Troy Gamble in each of the first two periods. Gamble was replaced by Kirk McLean to begin the third as the Rangers finished with 51 shots on the night, another season best. The previous season mark was 46 shots on Oct. 22 against Toronto.
Red Wings 8, Islanders 4
At Detroit, Sergei Fedorov collected two goals and three assists and Dave Barr also scored twice to lead the Red Wings. Detroit won for the third time in four games despite being outshot 49-16 by the Islanders, who are winless in their last five starts.
Capitals 6, Oilers 3
At Landover, Md., Dino Ciccarelli celebrated his 31st birthday with three goals, the second capping a three-goal Washington outburst. Ciccarelli's hat trick was the 17th of his 11-season NHL career.
Jets 6, Penguins 2
At Winnipeg, Manitoba, rookie Brian Marchment scored his first NHL goal and goaltender Bob Essensa stopped 35 shots to lead the Jets. The victory was Winnipeg's seventh in its last 10 games (7-2-1).
Kings 4, Sabres 4
At Buffalo, N.Y., Christian Ruuttu and Grant Ledyard scored third-period goals to help the Sabres snap a six-game losing streak. Ruuttu scored his 11th goal of the season at 5:54 of the third and Ledyard notched his second goal of the year with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation.