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Hossa and the Blackhawks are on a roll

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At the age of 37, Marian Hossa continues to produce offensively for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Facing the injury-plagued Dallas Stars on Sunday, Hossa assisted on a goal from Jonathan Toews and then he buried the winner in overtime, giving the Blackhawks their sixth consecutive win.

Yes, Hossa and the Hawks are on a roll, taking a three-point lead in the standings over their divisional rivals from St. Louis.

That’s four goals in the last five games for Hossa, who is averaging just below a point per game despite his age.

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Once again, the Blackhawks were able to overcome a slow start, before coming to life in the third period. They received solid goaltending from Scott Darling and after a two-point night, Artem Anisimov leads the league with 17 points.

“It’s tough to say one reason but I think when the games go on we are in a better rhythm and I think we are playing better than (at) the start,” Hossa told the Chicago Sun-Times.

“That’s the reason, but I think we have to keep improving (and) have better starts because that’s as important as finishing.”

Chicago’s penalty kill, which was pretty much a disaster earlier in the season, came through in overtime, as the Blackhawks were able to kill off a four-on-three Stars power play, before the Hossa winner.

The Blackhawks got the win minus rookie forward Tyler Motte for the third period.

Motte left the game in the second period after getting tangled up with Radek Faksa and falling awkwardly into the boards. Motte didn’t return and head coach Joel Quenneville suggested he could miss some time.

He’s a natural: Cammalleri’s hat trick leads the Devils over Hurricanes

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 11: Mike Cammalleri #13  of the New Jersey Devils plays against the Detroit Red Wings at the Prudential Center on December 11, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Michael Cammalleri made up for lost time Sunday night.

Cammalleri got his first three goals of the season, lifting the New Jersey Devils over the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 for their first road victory.

“It was nice to get them to hit the back of the net,” Cammalleri said.

Cammalleri scored twice in the second period and again midway through the third for his sixth career hat trick. Captain Andy Greene scored into an empty net for New Jersey.

The Devils improve to 1-3-2 away from home. Keith Kinkaid got his first win of the season behind 33 saves.

“Getting the first road win, hopefully it will be like Cami’s first goal and open the flood gates for us,” Kinkaid said. “He had a tremendous game, and it was good to get the win.”

New Jersey had been off to its worst road start since going 0-5-2 in 2013-14. The Devils lost to Florida 4-3 in overtime and then suffered a 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay in their last two outings.

“We didn’t like the way things were going in the last couple,” Cammalleri said. “To be able to nip that in the bud a little bit and now go back home means we can build on something.”

Carolina’s Andrej Nestrasil scored with 6:59 left in the third period. Eddie Lack stopped 17 shots in his first home start.

Cammalleri’s first goal came 4:31 into the second. He took a cross-ice pass from Travis Zajac and scored easily from just inside the left circle. He scored again just over three minutes later, slipping a shot under Lack’s pads on a rush from near the left faceoff dot.

He completed the hat trick on a shot from the left side 8:30 into the third.

Cammalleri has five goals and four assists in his last six games against the Hurricanes. He also had a key blocked shot late as Carolina was pressing.

Carolina pulled Lack for an extra skater with four minutes left but could not generate another goal.

The Hurricanes began the year with one of the league’s top power-play units but have gone four games without a man-advantage goal. They were 0 for 4 in this one.

“It comes down to execution,” coach Bill Peters said. “It comes down to confidence and it comes down to five guys doing their part.”

Take five: The Rangers keep on scoring and keep on winning

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Kevin Hayes #13 of the New York Rangers celebrates an empty net goal by J.T. Miller #10 (not shown) at 18:56 of the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden on November 3, 2016 in New York City.  The Rangers defeated the Oilers 5-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Here is what the New York Rangers have been able to accomplish over the last week:

— A five-game winning streak.

— At least five goals scored in each of their last five games.

— On Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, the Rangers had five different goal scorers — Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and Pavel Buchnevich — in a 5-2 win.

During this streak, they’ve been completely dominant against their opponents.

The biggest thing behind the Rangers success is just how productive but balanced their attack has been. Last week, we discussed the rebound of Rick Nash so far this season.

But the Rangers, leading the league with 55 goals for in 13 games, have six players already in double digits in points and five more players with nine points. They’re getting contributions from throughout their lineup.

Nash isn’t the only player who has re-discovered a scoring touch.

Michael Grabner had difficulty scoring for the past four seasons, but he’s already up to seven goals with the Rangers, when he couldn’t even hit 10 in each of the previous two campaigns, which he spent in Toronto and with the New York Islanders.

After all the ink Jimmy Vesey received the past year — from electing not to sign in Nashville, to a trade to Buffalo, to not signing in Buffalo, to the Vesey summer sweepstakes, to eventually signing with the Rangers — the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner has so far backed up the hype with 10 points in his first 13 NHL games.

In the long run, this pace very likely isn’t sustainable.

In the short-term, however, it’s definitely possible this streak continues. The Rangers host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

And by now we all know about the struggles of the Canucks, coming off that ugly loss in Toronto on Saturday.

Video: Blackhawks rookie Motte leaves game after crashing heavily into the boards (Updated)

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Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Tyler Motte left Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars, and it was later announced he wouldn’t return.

Motte fell awkwardly into the boards after getting tangled up with Radek Faksa while chasing the puck in the Dallas zone.

In 12 games with Chicago, Motte, the University of Michigan product, has three goals and six points.

Updated: Per CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers, head coach Joel Quenneville said Motte suffered a lower-body injury and he “might miss some games.”

Oilers win in Detroit, now face McDavid vs. Crosby match-up to conclude road trip

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 13:  Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his first career NHL goal against the Dallas Stars in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 13, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers didn’t get off to the best start on this five-game Eastern Conference swing.

But despite playing in a back-to-back situation with travel this weekend, the Oilers have managed to salvage this road trip with wins over the New York Islanders and, on Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings. That’s now five of a possible eight points so far, following a shake-up of the lines from head coach Todd McLellan.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the winner, burying a nice pass from — who else? — Connor McDavid in the final seconds of the second period, as the Oilers left Detroit with a 2-1 victory.

That now sets up an intriguing match-up to end this trip.

The Oilers will face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

It’s McDavid versus Sidney Crosby, which follows last week’s highly anticipated match-up of McDavid vs. Auston Matthews.

For the Oilers, this may provide an indication of their potential this season. They’re off to a great start, opening up a considerable lead already in the Pacific Division, with a 9-3-1 record and seven wins in their last 10 games.

Meanwhile, the Penguins are an early contender in the Metropolitan Division, coming off their Stanley Cup victory in June.

Oh, and Crosby has been lighting it up of late, with a six-game point streak and at least two points in four of those games.

This game isn’t just about two incredibly skilled players, including one challenging to be the best in the game. That’s not to say McDavid vs. Crosby isn’t a juicy storyline.

But after 10 years of losing, the Oilers are making an early case that they could potentially be a playoff team next spring.

That should enhance the experience of seeing two of the game’s best players going head to head.