Rangers extend winning streak to five games
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.