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NHL: Zotto, Gilroy lift Rangers over Devils

AP , NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

Rookie defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy scored as the New York Rangers broke out of early power-play woes in a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

After a season-opening loss at Pittsburgh, the Rangers have won two straight.

Del Zotto and Ales Kotalik scored power-play goals in the first period, and Gilroy scored in the second for New York, who erased two one-goal deficits. Henrik Lund­qvist made 25 saves.

The 19-year-old Del Zotto has scored in consecutive games.

Rob Niedermayer scored his first goal with the Devils, and Travis Zajac added a power-play score in the first, but the Devils remained winless.

Both losses have come at home following the return of coach Jacques Lemaire.

BLUE JACKETS 5, CANUCKS 3

At Vancouver, Kristian Huselius, Rostislav Klesla and Nikita Filatov scored over a 3:44 span early in the second period to chase star Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo and lead Columbus to a win over the Canucks.

Antoine Vermette and Fedor Tyutin also scored, Rick Nash had three assists, and Steve ­Mason made 40 saves as Columbus opened the season with consecutive wins for the first time in franchise history.

Christian Ehrhoff responded shortly after the Columbus goal outburst, and Willie Mitchell pulled the Canucks within a goal 7:37 into the third period.

However, Mason made a big glove save off Mikael Samuelsson and another great stop on Alexandre Burrows just before Tyutin made it 5-3 on the power play.

Henrik Sedin also scored for the Canucks, who have lost their first three games of the season for the first time since 2001 despite averaging 40 shots a game.

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