Rangers ex­tend win­ning streak to five games

The Jerusalem Post - - SPORTS -

Jimmy Ve­sey scored twice and Hen­rik Lundqvist made 31 saves as the New York Rangers held off the Bos­ton Bru­ins 4-2 on Wed­nes­day. The win was the Rangers’ fifth in a row, the long­est ac­tive streak in the league.

Pavel Buch­nevich also scored for New York, and Rick Nash added an empty-net goal. The Rangers (8-7-2) have more wins than reg­u­la­tion losses for the first time this sea­son.

David Pas­tr­nak and Pa­trice Berg­eron scored for the Bru­ins, who got 29 saves from Tuukka Rask.

In other NHL ac­tion, Fred­erik An­der­sen made 35 saves, and Nazem Kadri, Pa­trick Mar­leau, Con­nor Car­rick and Con­nor Brown scored as the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the Min­ne­sota Wild 4-2.

Ja­son Zucker scored twice for the Wild, and goal­tender De­van Dub­nyk made 15 stops. Eric Staal had two as­sists in Min­ne­sota’s third con­sec­u­tive loss.

Also, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov – the league’s top two scor­ers – en­joyed three-point nights each and Vladislav Namest­nikov scored two goals as the Tampa Bay Light­ning snapped the San Jose Sharks’ four-game win­ning streak with a 5-1 tri­umph.

Stamkos con­trib­uted three as­sists to boost his league-lead­ing point to­tal to 28. Kucherov scored his NHL-lead­ing 15th goal and added two as­sists as Light­ning coach John Cooper earned his 200th win. Jake Dotchin and Slater Koekkoek also scored goals and An­drei Vaislevskiy made.

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