Rangers defense strands Islanders
NEW YORK — Carl Hagelin scored twice for his second multigoal game in the NHL and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 28 shots he faced as the New York Rangers beat the New York Islanders 3-0 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.
Hagelin, in just his 16th career game, scored in the second and third periods for the surging Rangers (22-8-4). The Atlantic Division leaders who leapfrogged defending Stanley Cup champion Boston into first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Rangers finished a 3-0 homestand that included a pair of victories over the Islanders in a five-day span. New York's past four victories have been against division rivals.
Lundqvist improved to 23-11-5 against the Islanders with four shutouts. He has three shutouts overall this season and 38 in seven NHL seasons.
Marian Gaborik sealed the win with his league-leading 22nd goal — an empty-netter with 2:28 left. Gaborik scored for the fifth straight game, netting seven in the span, and matched his goal total for all of last season.
Blackhawks 4, Blue Jackets 1
At Chicago, Viktor Stalberg scored two goals and Corey Crawford made 37 saves as Chicago topped Columbus.
Avalanche 4, Wild 2
At St. Paul, Minn., Jan Hejda scored the go-ahead goal at 10:20 of the third period and Colorado snapped a nine-game road losing skid by beating Minnesota.
Canuncks 5, Oilers 3
At Vancouver, British Columbia, Andrew Ebbett scored twice to lead Vancouver over Edmonton.
Sabres 4, Capitals 2
At Buffalo, N.Y., Brayden McNabb capped Buffalo's four-goal first period with his first NHL goal and the Sabres cruised past Washington.
Hurricanes 4, Devils 2
At Raleigh, N.C., Cam Ward made 23 saves and was credited with a bizarre empty-net goal, leading Carolina past New Jersey.
Kings 4, Coyotes 3
At Los Angeles, Willie Mitchell scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and Los Angeles broke an offensive slump for its second victory under new coach Darryl Sutter.
Blues 5, Stars 3
At St. Louis, Adam Cracknell, recalled from the minors earlier in the day, put St. Louis ahead for good in the second period and the Blues scored two rare power-play goals in a win over Dallas.
Ducks 3, Sharks 2
At San Jose, Calif., Andrew Cogliano scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and Jonas Hiller made 36 saves as Anaheim ended a 13-game winless skid on the road.
Red Wings 4, Predators 1
At Nashville, Tenn., Valtteri Filppula scored a pair of goals to lead Detroit over Nashville.