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. Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Sharp also connected for the Blackhawks, who are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games and lead the NHL with 50 points. Crawford lost a bid for his first shutout this season when Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski scored at 3:09 of the third period.
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. The Avalanche won on the road for the first time since Oct. 22 and extended Minnesota's winless streak to seven games. Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and TJ Galiardi also scored for Colorado.
CANUCKS 5, OILERS 3: At Vancouver, British Columbia, Andrew Ebbett scored twice to lead Vancouver over Edmonton. Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver, which won for the 13th time in 17 games to move ahead of Minnesota for the Northwest division lead.
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. Jason Pominville, Matt Ellis and Christian Ehrhoff also scored in the first period for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game skid to improve to 4-6-2 in their last 12 games. Ryan Miller, making his sixth straight start, finished with 20 saves.
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. Brandon Sutter had a short-handed goal, Tuomo Ruutu and Anthony Stewart scored in the second period, and Tim Gleason and Tim Brent each had two assists for the Hurricanes. Officials initially awarded Ward's goal to Sutter before a postgame review determined he never touched the puck.
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. Rob Scuderi, Brad Richardson and captain Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings, who scored at least three goals for the first time in 15 games since Nov. 22.
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. 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.
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. Luca Sbisa and Bobby Ryan also scored for the Ducks, who beat the Sharks for the third time — of 10 wins overall — this season.
RED WINGS 4, PREDATORS 1: At Nashville, Tenn., Valtteri Filppula scored a pair of goals to lead Detroit over Nashville. Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary also scored for the Red Wings, who scored twice in a span of 13 seconds during the second period and stopped a two-game skid.