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Rangers' Lundqvist fastest to 400 wins

NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for his 400th career win and the Rangers earned their fifth consecutive victory, beating the Avalanche 4-2 on Saturday night.

Lundqvist is the 12th goaltender in NHL history with at least 400 wins and the first European-born goaltender to reach the mark. He also is the fastest to 400 wins, reaching them in 727 games, Elias Sports said. Martin Brodeur won 400 in 735 games.

Lundqvist also is the third goaltender to get 400 wins with one franchise. The others are Brodeur (Devils) and Tony Esposito (Blackhawks).

Defenseman Kevin Klein had two goals and Rick Nash had the go-ahead score for the Rangers, who swept their season-long four-game homestand and have won eight of 10 overall. Kevin Hayes added an empty-net goal to clinch it.

Gabriel Landeskog and John Mitchell scored and Calvin Pickard made 26 saves for Colorado, which has the fewest wins in the NHL with 15.

Special return: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was just glad to be back around his teammates and to pick up a win. That it was a shutout was icing on the cake.

Anderson made his first start in 69 days and turned aside 33 shots as the host Senators beat the Islanders 3-0. Anderson left the club in early December to be with his wife, Nicholle, who has a rare throat cancer, and returned to practice last week.

"It felt great. Got two points, got the win," he said. "I think it was an exciting day for myself to get back in the net and just be there for the guys and feel that camaraderie."

'Grossed' out: Predators coach Peter Laviolette didn't mince words describing his team's 7-4 loss to the visiting Panthers.

"It was gross," he said. "We didn't play with any purposes. No passion. No effort."

The Predators allowed their most goals this season after giving up six only twice before this season. For the Panthers, Nick Bjugstad and Vincent Trocheck scored 29 seconds apart in the second period, and Jaromir Jagr also scored for the 1,899th point of his NHL career.

Game highlights: Evander Kane scored twice, Jack Eichel had a career-high three assists and the host Sabres beat Toronto 3-1 to hand the Maple Leafs their sixth loss in eight games. Toronto is holding onto the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 61 points in 53 games. … Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists, and the NHL-leading Capitals won their sixth straight, 6-4 over the visiting Ducks. … Patrik Berglund scored three goals to lift the Blues to a 4-2 victory over the host Canadiens. … Cam Atkinson scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots and the host Blue Jackets beat the Red Wings 2-1 in Detroit's first game since longtime owner Mike Ilitch died Friday at 87. … David Pastrnak scored with two minutes left in the third period and the host Bruins won their second straight game under interim coach Bruce Cassidy, 4-3 over the Canucks. … Patrick Eaves scored two goals and the host Stars beat the Hurricanes 5-2 to end a four-game losing streak, their longest this season.

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