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SUNRISE, Fla. - Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist each, and the New York Rangers got back to their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.

Derick Brassard, Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore also scored for New York, and Derek Stepan had two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves to earn the win.

The Rangers won their first game after having an eight-game winning streak snapped at Dallas on Monday. It was the longest run in 40 years for New York (20-11-4), which went 9-3 in December.

Tomas Fleischmann and Jimmy Hayes scored for Florida.

New York dominated play from the outset against Florida, which played for the second straight. The Panthers were outshot 24-12 through the first two periods and 34-21 overall.

The Rangers are 16-0-1 when they allow two goals or fewer.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) ? Frans Nielsen scored two goals and added an assist, and the surging New York Islanders topped Winnipeg.

Ryan Strome had a goal and three assists, and Anders Lee and Josh Bailey also scored for New York (25-11-1), which is 6-1-1 in its last eight games. It was Strome's first career four-point game.

Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd scored both goals for the Jets (19-12-7). It was the first back-to-back losses for the Jets since late November. They lost to Minnesota on Monday.

Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves for the win.

Ondrej Pavelec started for the first time since rookie Michael Hutchinson was tabbed for Winnipeg's previous three games and stopped 28 shots.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ??? Ondrej Palat had a goal and three assists, and Tampa Bay reclaimed the Eastern Conference lead with a win over Buffalo.

Nikita Kucherov scored twice and added an assist, and linemate Tyler Johnson set up three goals for Tampa Bay (24-11-4), which is one point ahead of the New York Islanders. Matthew Carle and Anton Stralman had two assists in helping the Lightning improve to 2-3-2 in their past seven road games.

Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal for Buffalo (14-21-3), which dropped to a 1-5-1 in its past seven. The Sabres slump has coincided with a series of injuries and illnesses that have depleted the roster.

The Lightning outshot the Sabres 14-1 in the third period and 25-11 overall.

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