First-place Rangers beat Devils 3-1 for second straight win

Mon, Mar 11, 2024
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First-place Rangers beat Devils 3-1 for second straight win

NEW YORK (AP) - Mika Zibanejad and Erik Gustafsson scored in the second period as the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Monday night.

Vincent Trocheck also scored and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves as the first-place Rangers won their second straight after losing three of four. New York is 14-3-2 in its last 19 games and beat New Jersey for the third straight time this season after the Devils won their first-round series in seven games last spring.

Devils defenseman Simon Nemec spoled Quick's shutout bid with 2:34 remaining. Kaapo Kahkonen finished with 23 saves in his New Jersey debut after he was acquired from San Jose last Friday.

The Devils lost for the eighth time in 11 games and for the third time in four games under interim coach Travis Green, who replaced Lindy Ruff on March 4. They trail Detroit by six points for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

JETS 3, CAPITALS 0

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as Winnipeg beat Washington.

Hellebuyck improved to 30-14-3, becoming the fourth goalie this season to reach the 30-win mark. He accomplished the feat for the fifth time in his career. It was Hellebuyck's 36th career shutout.

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Neal Pionk, Alex Iafallo and Kyle Connor scored for the Jets, who were coming off a 5-0 shutout loss to Vancouver on Saturday that Winnipeg coach Rick Bowness described as the worst game "by far" the team had played in his two-year tenure. The Jets have won eight of their last 11.

Charlie Lindgren had 26 saves for Washington, which began a five-game road trip with its third loss in six games.

BLUES 5, BRUINS 1

BOSTON (AP) - Kasperi Kapanen and Robert Thomas each scored in the first period, Joel Hofer stopped 36 shots and St. Louis beat Boston.

Entering the night eight points out of a wild-card spot and tied for 10th in the Western Conference with two other teams, the Blues snapped a three-game losing streak and completed a five-game road trip (2-3) with a solid win.

Kevin Hayes, Brandon Saad and Alexey Toropchenko also scored for St. Louis, which totaled just three goals during its losing streak. It was the Blues' highest goal total since a 6-3 victory over Edmonton at home on Feb. 15.

David Pastrnak scored his 41st of the season for Boston, which had a two-game winning streak stopped. The Bruins are in position to finish with the NHL's best record after recording league records with victories (65) and points (135) last season.

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