The NHL is back to the regular season after the All-Star break, and Wayne Gretzky is still looking like an MVP.

Gretzky, who won the MVP in Sunday's All-Star Game at Tampa, Fla., had three assists on his 38th birthday Tuesday night to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals."It was something that maybe gave me a little bit of an extra jump-start," Gretzky said of the All-Star weekend. "It was a fun weekend."

Gretzky had his 37th, 38th and 39th assists as the Rangers stopped a four-game losing streak.

"I was at the All-Star game," Rangers coach John Muckler said. "(Gretzky) had a big smile on his face. He was having some fun. He looked like he was having some fun tonight."

One of Gretzky's assists set up Mathieu Schneider's game-winning goal 1:37 into the third period. He also set up two goals by Adam Graves.

Niklas Sundstrom added a shorthanded goal and Mike Richter made 34 saves for New York, allowing only a goal by Adam Oates. Richter had to be at his best, with the Rangers outshot 35-23.

"We created a ton of offense," Capitals coach Ron Wilson said.

HURRICANES 5, PENGUINS 3: Ray Sheppard scored two of Carolina's four goals in the second period and the Hurricanes stopped a 12-game winless streak against the Penguins.

PANTHERS 3, FLYERS 3: Pavel Bure scored three goals, giving him six in three games since being traded to Florida, as the Panthers tied the Flyers.

ISLANDERS 4, BRUINS 1: Robert Reichel had two goals and an assist and Tommy Salo stopped 25 shots as the Islanders beat the visiting Bruins.

DEVILS 4, SENATORS 1: Chris Terreri stopped 24 shots as the Devils finally found a way to beat the Senators.

CANADIENS 2, LIGHTNING 1: Martin Rucinsky scored twice in the second period and Jeff Hackett stopped 28 shots as the visiting Canadiens beat the Lightning.

COYOTES 1, SABRES 1: At Buffalo, World All-Star teammates Nikolai Khabibulin and Dominik Hasek resumed their goaltending rivalry in a tie between the Coyotes and Sabres.

RED WINGS 4, PREDATORS 1: At Nashville, Martin Lapointe and Sergei Fedorov each scored in the opening minutes and Chris Osgood stopped 25 shots as the Red Wings beat the Predators.

BLUES 3, SHARKS 0: Goaltender Rich Parent gained his first career shutout and Scott Young and Pierre Turgeon each scored goals as the visiting Blues beat the Sharks.