Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots to match the Rangers’ record for career wins, while Swedish countryman Carl Hagelin scored three goals to lift New York to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in the NHL on Friday.
Lundqvist tied the mark of 301 wins with the Rangers, set by Stanley Cup-winner Mike Richter. Lundqvist will have a chance to break the record today at home against San Jose.
Chris Kreider also scored for the Rangers, who went 1-2 on a three-game trip, bouncing back from a 2-1 loss at Minnesota on Thursday. New York took a 1-0 lead on their third shot of the game.
Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd scored for the Jets, who have lost six straight and are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Jets failed to earn a point as they had in three of their previous five losses.
SHARKS 4, ISLANDERS 3
In Uniondale, New York, Matt Nieto and Jason Demers scored first-period goals as San Jose defeated New York for their fifth straight win.
Joe Thornton and Marty Havlat added goals in the second as the Sharks improved to 20-6-3 against the NHL’s Eastern Conference. Antti Niemi made 35 saves for San Jose.
Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, who lost for the fifth time in six home games.
New York, who began a four-game homestand following a 2-1-1 trip, have an NHL-worst 9-17-8 home record.
Former Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov stopped 22 shots for the Islanders in his first start against them.
DUCKS 6, AVALANCHE 4
In Denver, Kyle Palmieri scored two goals in 47 seconds, and Anaheim netted six in the second period to beat Colorado.
Corey Perry, Daniel Winnik and Ben Lovejoy also scored for the Ducks, who stopped a four-game skid with their biggest offensive output since they scored nine goals against Vancouver on Jan. 1.
Jonas Hiller made 34 saves two nights after giving up three goals on five shots before being pulled.
The Ducks stayed tied with San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division. Both teams have 95 points, but the Ducks have played one fewer game.
CAPITALS 4, CANUCKS 3
In Washington, Mike Green netted the go-ahead goal in the third period, Alex Ovechkin also scored and Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists for his first NHL points as Washington edged Vancouver.
Washington led 3-1 early in the third, before Shawn Matthias and Nicklas Jensen scored for Vancouver to tie it.
Green put the Capitals ahead for good with 9:41 left.
In other NHL action, it was:
‧ Panthers 5, Devils 3
‧ Red Wings 2, Oilers 1, SO
‧ Predators 3, Blackhawks 2
‧ Flames 4, Stars 3, SO
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