NEW YORK (AP) -Henrik Lundqvist earned his fourth shutout of the season, and Marc Staal scored in the second period to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night and a sweep of the home-and-home series.
One night after the Rangers recovered from a pair of blown two-goal leads in a 6-5 win on Long Island, the teams engaged in a defensive struggle. The Rangers won despite recording only 21 shots on Dwayne Roloson, largely because they gave up a season-low 17 to the Islanders.
Brian Boyle sealed it with an empty-net goal with 2.6 seconds left. The Rangers have won six of eight.
Lundqvist earned the victory Thursday night, after relieving backup Martin Biron in the second period, stopping nine of 11 shots. The Islanders lost for the 16th time in 17 games (1-13-3), including two in a row after snapping their 14-game losing streak.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ryan Miller made 19 saves for Buffalo for his first shutout of the season and 18th overall, and Drew Stafford had a goal and an assist in his return from a shoulder injury.
The Sabres won for just the third time in their 11 games against the Blue Jackets.
Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis each had a goal and two assists, Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville also scored, and Derek Roy chipped in a pair of assists for the Sabres.
The Blue Jackets are winless in their last four after stringing together five straight wins.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Brandon Sutter scored at 1:15 of overtime, rookie Jeff Skinner had his eighth goal of the season and Cam Ward made 34 saves to help Carolina even its record at 11-11-3.
In overtime, Sutter darted in on the right side, beating goalie Craig Anderson to the left for his fifth goal. Milan Hejduk scored with 7:09 left in regulation for Colorado.