N.Y. Rangers 7, N.Y. Islanders 2: Defenseman Matt Gilroy broke a long scoring drought with his first two-goal game in the NHL.
Columbus 4, Minnesota 3 (SO): Rick Nash scored in the shootout and had two assists to become Columbus' franchise leader.
Boston 3, Florida 2 (SO): Blake Wheeler scored the only goal in the shootout to lead the Bruins.
Detroit 4, Colorado 3 (OT): Niklas Kronwall scored the game-winner with 1:18 remaining in overtime and Chris Osgood stopped a season-high 46 shots.
Los Angeles at San Jose: The Sharks went into the game having won their last four.
Los Angeles 4, Anaheim 1: Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist after getting flattened by a punch, while backup Jonathan Bernier made 18 saves for the Kings.
Vancouver 3, Edmonton 2: Kevin Bieksa's goal with 24 seconds left gave the Canucks the dramatic victory.
Around the rinks
Nashville Predators: West Seneca native Chris Mueller, a teammate of former Sabre and South Buffalo native Tim Kennedy on Michigan State's 2007 NCAA championship team, signed a one-year, $500,000 free agent contract. With Steve Sullivan and Martin Erat on IR, Mueller is expected to make his NHL debut tonight against Dallas. Mueller, 24, had 12 goals and 20 points this year for Milwaukee of the AHL.
Winter Classic: The weather is becoming a worry for the Jan. 1 game. Rain showers and temperatures in the low 50s are being forecast for the Capitals-Penguins outdoor game at Heinz Field.
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Compiled from News and wire service reports.