NEW YORK (AP) - 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.
AVALANCHE 4, WILD 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - 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.
The Avalanche won on the road for the first time since Oct. 22 and extended Minnesota's winless streak to seven games.
SABRES 4, CAPITALS 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Brayden McNabb capped Buffalo's four-goal first period with his first NHL goal and the Sabres cruised past Washington.
Ryan Miller, making his sixth straight start, finished with 20 saves.
Michal Neuvirth started for the fifth straight time, but was pulled midway through the first period after allowing three goals on six shots.
HURRICANES 4, DEVILS 2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Cam Ward made 23 saves and was credited with a bizarre empty-net goal, leading Carolina past New Jersey.
Ward's first career goal came at the end of a strange sequence. Ilya Kovalchuk's errant pass for Adam Henrique from the end line wound up going the length of the ice and into an empty net with 29.4 seconds left.
Officials initially awarded the goal to Sutter before a postgame review determined he never touched the puck.
BLUES 5, STARS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) - 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.
St. Louis, which won its sixth successive home game, improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine. The Blues are 15-3-4 under coach Ken Hitchcock, who took over Nov. 6 after Davis Payne was fired.
Dallas lost for the third time in eight games. The Stars had won their previous five against St. Louis.
Chris Stewart scored twice for St. Louis, including an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left.
RED WINGS 4, PREDATORS 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Valtteri Filppula scored a pair of goals to lead Detroit over Nashville.
Jonathon Blum scored for the Predators, who have lost three of four.