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Rangers shut out Isles, take over first in East

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NEW YORK — Carl Hagelin scored twice for his second multigoal game, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 28 shots he faced as the Rangers beat the Islanders 3-0 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.

Hagelin, in his 16th NHL game, scored in the second and third periods for the surging Rangers, the Atlantic Division leaders who leapfrogged the idle Bruins into first place in the Eastern Conference with the win.

The Rangers' past four victories have been against division rivals. The Rangers begin a three-game trip at Washington on Wednesday that will conclude with the outdoor Winter Classic in Philadelphia on Monday.

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 goals in the span, and matched his goal total for last season.

After an uneventful first period, the Rangers took a 1-0 lead 5:14 into the second on Hagelin's fifth goal. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto made a slick toe-drag move to get around forward Frans Nielsen in the high slot and sent the puck down to Ryan Callahan near the left post. Callahan moved it across the crease to Hagelin at the right post for a shot that banked in off goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Lundqvist was the star of the period for the Rangers as he turned aside numerous in-close chances by the Islanders. With just under seven minutes left, Lundqvist made a tough save to stop P.A. Parenteau during a power play and quickly got back into position to kick out Nielsen's try at the left post on the rebound.

game highlights: Cam Ward made 23 saves and was credited with a bizarre empty-net goal in the host Hurricanes' 4-2 win over the Devils. The empty-netter came when an errant pass by the Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk from the end line wound up going the length of the ice and into New Jersey's empty net with 29.4 seconds left. Officials initially awarded the goal to Brandon Sutter; a postgame review determined he never touched the puck. Ward is the 10th goalie to score a goal and the first since Chris Mason in 2005-06, ESPN Stats and Info said. … The host Sabres scored three goals on their first six shots against Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth and cruised to a 4-2 win.

around the league: Rangers top defenseman Marc Staal, recovering from a concussion that has kept him out all season, was cleared for contact and took part in drills. Staal sustained the concussion in February on a hit from his brother Eric of the Hurricanes. … Blues center T.J. Oshie, tied for the team scoring lead with 23 points, is out two games, including Monday's against the Stars, with a left-wrist ligament injury. … Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger was cleared to play after missing one game due to a concussion. Kruger was hit in the head by the Penguins' Deryk Engelland on Dec. 20. Engelland was suspended three games for the hit. … Ducks wing Devante Smith-Pelly, loaned to Canada for the world junior championship, is out four to six weeks with a fractured left foot sustained in Canada's tournament-opening win, the team said.

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesHaley, NYI, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 2:20; Bickel, NYR, major (fighting), 2:20; Richards, NYR (tripping), 3:53; Parenteau, NYI (roughing), 8:04; Callahan, NYR (roughing), 8:04; Girardi, NYR (kneeing), 8:04.

Second Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Hagelin 5 (Callahan, Del Zotto), 5:14. PenaltiesParenteau, NYI (cross-checking), 10:29; Callahan, NYR (hooking), 11:41.

Third Period2, N.Y. Rangers, Hagelin 6 (Del Zotto, Callahan), 6:32. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Gaborik 22 (Stralman), 17:32 (en). PenaltiesMacDonald, NYI (slashing), 11:00; Rupp, NYR (slashing), 20:00. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 7-12-9—28. N.Y. Rangers 12-10-9—31. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 0 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 3. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 2-8-0 (30 shots-28 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 15-7-4 (28-28).

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First Period1, Buffalo, Pominville 12 (Stafford, Leopold), :51 (pp). 2, Buffalo, Ellis 2, 3:10. 3, Buffalo, Ehrhoff 3 (Hecht, Vanek), 11:15. 4, Buffalo, McNabb 1 (Boyes, Roy), 14:14 (pp). PenaltiesHamrlik, Was (delay of game), :09; Kaleta, Buf (tripping), 8:11; Ovechkin, Was (tripping), 12:39; Weber, Buf (tripping), 19:16.

Second Period5, Washington, Hendricks 1 (Perreault), 19:43. PenaltiesWard, Was (hooking), 5:23; McNabb, Buf (high-sticking), 8:53.

Third Period6, Washington, Ovechkin 12 (Backstrom, Wideman), 9:51 (pp). PenaltiesKaleta, Buf (tripping), 9:07; Laich, Was (tripping), 10:11; Perreault, Was (charging), 17:06. Shots on GoalWashington 9-5-8—22. Buffalo 8-5-10—23. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 1 of 4; Buffalo 2 of 5. GoaliesWashington, Neuvirth 5-7-2 (6 shots-3 saves), Vokoun (11:15 first, 17-16). Buffalo, Miller 9-8-2 (22-20).

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First Period1, Carolina, Bra.Sutter 7 (Gleason), 11:13 (sh). PenaltiesCarter, NJ (cross-checking), 2:40; Ruutu, Car (tripping), 10:50; Carter, NJ, major-game misconduct (boarding), 15:53; Allen, Car (roughing), 15:53; Parise, NJ (tripping), 17:13.

Second Period2, Carolina, Ruutu 13 (Ponikarovsky, Brent), 7:01. 3, Carolina, Stewart 5 (Nodl, Brent), 17:13. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period4, New Jersey, Clarkson 12 (Volchenkov, Foster), 12:38. 5, New Jersey, Henrique 10 (Clarkson, Volchenkov), 17:40. 6, Carolina, Ward 1, 19:30 (en). PenaltiesFayne, NJ (delay of game), 5:52. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 11-2-12—25. Carolina 10-13-10—33. Power-play opportunitiesNew Jersey 0 of 1; Carolina 0 of 4. GoaliesNew Jersey, Hedberg 10-6-1 (32 shots-29 saves). Carolina, Ward 12-14-5 (25-23).

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First Period1, Minnesota, Bouchard 7 (Heatley, Brodziak), 9:31 (pp). PenaltiesO'Brien, Col (interference), :37; N.Johnson, Min (tripping), 3:04; McLeod, Col, major-game misconduct (check from behind), 5:22; Hejda, Col (holding), 17:46.

Second Period2, Colorado, O'Reilly 9 (Duchene), 10:34 (pp). 3, Minnesota, Clutterbuck 10 (Koivu, Heatley), 12:00. 4, Colorado, Landeskog 7 (Van der Gulik, Galiardi), 18:58. PenaltiesHeatley, Min (holding), 4:14; Landeskog, Col (goaltender interference), 6:11; Schultz, Min (hooking), 9:22; Powe, Min (hooking), 16:27.

Third Period5, Colorado, Hejda 4 (O'Reilly, Van der Gulik), 10:20. 6, Colorado, Galiardi 6 (Hejda), 13:06. PenaltiesHunwick, Col (hooking), 1:52; Palmer, Min (interference), 6:13; Brodziak, Min (tripping), 10:33; Cullen, Min (tripping), 15:33. Shots on GoalColorado 7-12-13—32. Minnesota 8-5-9—22. Power-play opportunitiesColorado 1 of 7; Minnesota 1 of 6. GoaliesColorado, Varlamov 11-13-1 (22 shots-20 saves). Minnesota, Backstrom 11-9-4 (32-28).

Rangers shut out Isles, take over first in East 12/26/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 26, 2011 10:53pm]
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