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Devils win makes playoff race tighter

NEWARK, N.J. — Lee Stempniak scored late in the second period to snap a tie and the Devils ended a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a 5-2 win over the short-handed Rangers.

Kyle Palmieri, Sergey Kalinin, Adam Larsson and Tyler Kennedy also scored, and rookie Joseph Blandisi assisted on the tying and go-ahead goals in the second period. Cory Schneider made 17 saves as New Jersey beat New York for the third time in four games this season.

New Jersey got within one point of Pittsburgh for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Kevin Hayes and Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers, who lost for only the third time in their past 10 games (7-2-1). Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves.

The Rangers played without defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal and forward Rick Nash. They also played the third period without J.T. Miller, who received a match penalty late in the second for fighting against Kalinin with his hand taped.

The Rangers, who did not get a power play, killed off 6:59 of power play time in the third period with Miller's major and a tripping call against Derick Brassard.

They nearly tied the score early in the period, only to see Schneider stop Moore in close on a shorthanded rush.

Kalinin put the game away with 2:44 to play with a breakaway goal, his sixth of the season, and Larsson added an empty-netter in the final minute. The Devils turned the game in the second period, taking a season-high 17 shots and limiting the Rangers to five.

Lundqvist kept New York in front for the first half of the period before Palmieri tied it on a power play and Stempniak scored with 1:54 left for a 3-2 lead.

Game highlights: Jordan Staal put Carolina ahead and Eric Staal added an insurance score late to lift the host Hurricanes over the Flyers 3-1. Cam Ward had 36 saves for Carolina. Jordan Staal got his 16th goal and Eric Staal got his 10th to end a 16-game scoreless streak.

Trade: The Capitals acquired defenseman Mike Weber from the Sabres for a third-round pick in the 2017 draft. Weber, 28, has a goal and four assists and averaged almost 16 minutes a game for Buffalo this season.

Around the league: The National Hockey League Players' Association will appeal to an arbitrator for suspended Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman on Thursday and Friday. The NHLPA tweeted the announcement Tuesday night, and the appeal will be heard in New York by arbitrator James Oldham. The NHLPA requested the appeal after commissioner Gary Bettman upheld Wideman's 20-game suspension last week for cross-checking a linesman on Jan. 27. Wideman knocked down Don Henderson during the second period of a game against Nashville. … Blues goalie Brian Elliott, who left Monday's 6-3 loss to San Jose in the first period with a lower-body injury, will miss at least four weeks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The team recalled goalie Pheonix Copley. Elliott was injured trying to make a save on San Jose's third goal, which gave the Sharks a 3-0 lead. He was trying to reach back for the puck. … The Rangers recalled defenseman Brady Skjei from Hartford of the American Hockey League.

at Devils 1 2 2 5
Rangers 2 0 0 2

First Period1, New Jersey, Kennedy 2 (Severson, Kalinin), 4:47. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Hayes 11 (Stalberg), 8:17. 3, N.Y. Rangers, D.Moore 6 (Yandle, Hrivik), 9:02. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period4, New Jersey, Palmieri 23 (Blandisi, Josefson), 10:28 (pp). 5, New Jersey, Stempniak 16 (Blandisi, Larsson), 18:06. PenaltiesMcIlrath, NYR (roughing), 6:31; Blandisi, NJ (holding stick), 6:31; Zuccarello, NYR (tripping), 9:37; McIlrath, NYR (interference), 13:14; Blandisi, NJ (embellishment), 13:14; Miller, NYR, major (fighting, match), 19:59; Kalinin, NJ, major (fighting), 19:59.

Third Period6, New Jersey, Kalinin 6 (Greene, Henrique), 17:16. 7, New Jersey, Larsson 3, 19:31 (en). PenaltiesBrassard, NYR (tripping), 5:40. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 8-5-6—19. New Jersey 11-17-8—36. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 0; New Jersey 1 of 3. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 29-16-4 (35 shots-31 saves). New Jersey, Schneider 26-19-6 (19-17). A16,514 (17,625). T2:32. Referees—Mark Lemelin, Mike Leggo. LinesmenTim Nowak, Jonny Murray.

at Hurricanes 0 2 1 3
Flyers 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Philadelphia, Laughton 5 (Read, Gudas), 17:45. PenaltiesSimmonds, Phi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:27; McClement, Car (interference), 12:51.

Second Period2, Carolina, Nordstrom 8, 8:09. 3, Carolina, J.Staal 16 (Pesce, Nestrasil), 18:26. PenaltiesRead, Phi (tripping), 5:51; Di Giuseppe, Car (interference), 13:14.

Third Period4, Carolina, E.Staal 10 (McClement, Lindholm), 14:11. PenaltiesPesce, Car (holding), 3:50; Couturier, Phi (hooking), 7:33. Shots on GoalPhiladelphia 13-15-9—37. Carolina 8-7-3—18. Power-play opportunitiesPhiladelphia 0 of 3; Carolina 0 of 3. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Neuvirth 13-7-4 (18 shots-15 saves). Carolina, Ward 18-12-7 (37-36). A10,896 (18,680). T2:23. Referees—Kevin Pollock, Justin St. Pierre. LinesmenSteve Barton, Pierre Racicot.

Devils win makes playoff race tighter 02/23/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:32pm]
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