NEW YORK — Derek Stepan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.
Ryan Callahan had a goal and three assists as the Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak, picking up two vital points in their fight to hold onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. New York started the night clinging to eighth place.
Rick Nash also scored for New York and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves.
The Southeast Division-leading Jets got goals from Nik Antropov and Zach Bogosian in their third loss in a row. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 31 shots for Winnipeg.
ISLANDERS 3, DEVILS 1
In Newark, N.J., Frans Nielsen set up two early goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves as New York continued its playoff push with a win over New Jersey.
Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic were the beneficiaries of Nielsen’s passes, and John Tavares added his 22nd goal of the season as the Islanders won for the fourth time in five games.
CANADIENS 4, HURRICANES 1
In Montreal, Carey Price made 18 saves in his 300th NHL game to lead Montreal over Carolina.
Max Pacioretty scored twice and Andrei Markov and Jeff Halpern also scored for Montreal, which swept the season series against Carolina and remains undefeated in 10 games against the Southeast Division this season.
Jordan Staal scored and Justin Peters stopped 25 shots for Carolina, which has just one win in its past nine games.
RED WINGS 3, AVALANCHE 2
In Detroit, Damien Brunner ended his 15-game scoring drought and Jimmy Howard made a late save to help Detroit hold off Colorado.
Justin Abdelkader scored late in the first period, Danny Cleary put Detroit ahead by two at 6:28 of the second and Brunner had a one-timer a few minutes later.
The Red Wings, coming off a 7-1 loss to Chicago, allowed a 3-0 lead to turn into a one-goal game.
BLUES 4, WILD 1
In St. Paul, Minn., Jaden Schwartz and Andy McDonald each had a goal and an assist, Brian Elliott stepped in and made 19 saves, and St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Barret Jackman also scored for St. Louis.
Dany Heatley scored for Minnesota, whose home winning streak ended at four games. The Wild lost for just the sixth time in their past 21 games.
St. Louis began the day out of the playoffs and staring at a stretch with six of its next seven games coming on the road.